One of Capitalism's cash cows, nothing democratic about it, is the practice
of damaging brains to "save the person" as they would have us believe. Really
it is a tool for the lazy psychiatrist and their supporting institution to
make a wad of easy money. Below is an action alert writtien by long-time anti-ECT
campaigner Linda Andre, author of Doctors
of Deception. Without overwhelming
public protest, the FDA, a lobbiest-controlled 'public' government bureaucracy
if there ever was one, will certify the electroschock machine safer than a
toaster. Only this is no mere piece of toast, this is people's heads their
The FDA Wants to Declare Shock (ECT) Machines Safe
Without a Safety Investigation. TELL THEM NO!
The Food and Drug Administration is in charge of regulating medical
devices just as it does drugs, including the machines used to give shock
treatment. But its not doing its job. It has allowed these machines to
used on millions of patients over the past generation without requiring any
evidence whatsoever that shock treatment is safe or effective! This is so
even though shock machines are Class III---high risk---devices, which by law
are supposed to be investigated by clinical trials as thoroughly as new
drugs and devices just coming onto the market. But because of intense
lobbying by the American Psychiatric Association---which claims the devices
are safe but opposes an investigation---the FDA has disregarded its own law.
(For the full story of how shock survivors have fought for a scientific
safety investigation of ECT for the past 25 years, see the new book Doctors
of Deception: What They Dont Want You to Know About Shock Treatment by
In April 2009---30 years after it first ruled the devices high-risk
and named brain damage and memory loss as risks of the treatment---the FDA
belatedly announced it would call on the manufacturers of the devices to
provide evidence of safety and efficacy. The deadline for submissions has
passed, but the manufacturers have not conducted any clinical trials,
claiming they cannot afford them. They simply point to the opinions of shock
doctors (including those who have financial interests in the device
companies) as evidence that shock is safe.
The FDA is now supposed to require the ECT device to undergo the
rigorous PreMarket Approval process (PMA) that is required of new devices,
including clinical safety trials. But the FDA could have called for this
investigation any time in the past 30 years and has steadfastly refused to
do so. It has never wavered from its intention (as stated in 1990) to
declare the shock machine safe, and downclassify it to the low-risk Class
II, without scientific evidence of its safety. As a Class II device, the
shock machine would never have to go through the PMA process. After all, if
a PMA showed shock to be unsafe, the FDA would have to take shock machines
off the market, and it knows that the American Psychiatric Association would
never allow that.
The FDA has opened up a new docket for public comments on the device.
If we dont write in, they will almost certainly reclassify. Comments
be accepted up through January 8, 2010. Do you think shock is safe? Have
you evidence you want FDA to consider, including your personal experience?
Write now, before it's too late! Here's how:
To comment electronically, use this link: http://bit.ly/fda-ect
Click on "submit comment."
The FDA has said that they will also carefully consider reports of
adverse shock experiences. If you have had shock you should make a report
this database (your name will be kept confidential). Use this link:
All written comments must contain the docket number and should be
Food and Drug Administration
Dockets Management Branch (HFA-305)
5630 Fishers Lane, Room 10-61
Rockville, MD 20852
Re: Docket #FDA 2009-N-0392
Anything you have to say about the safety and efficacy (or lack thereof)
is relevant. Or, consider making the following brief statement. And tell
others to write!
To: Food and Drug Administration, Dockets Management Branch (HFA-305), 5630
Fishers Lane, Room 1061, Rockville, MD 20852
Re: Docket #FDA-2009-N-0392
The undersigned opposes the reclassification of the ECT device to Class II
by the FDA in the absence of adequate scientific evidence of its safety, and
asks the agency to call for PreMarket Approval Applications for the device.
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(but somewhat un-current), the original home page of Stopshrinks.org continues
below the ever-so-basic horizontal