TITLE

The FDA Should Test the Safety of ECT Machines

AUTHOR(S)
Breggin, Peter R.
PUB. DATE
July 2010
SOURCE
Ethical Human Psychology & Psychiatry;2010, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p139
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and the machines that deliver it have never been tested for safety and efficacy in order to receive approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The American Psychiatric Association and ECT advocates protested when the FDA took steps to classify the machines as posing "an unreasonable risk of illness or injury," which would have required their testing before approval. Without requiring this testing, the FDA is now preparing to classify the treatment and the machines as safe. This article reviews evidence demonstrating that ECT is very harmful to the brain and mind and concludes that the FDA should demand the usual testing required before psychiatric treatments and machines are approved for marketing and use.
ACCESSION #
54453025

 

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