After years of pleading by military families, the US Central Command removed the powerful antipsychotic from its approved formulary list. Doctors now need a waiver to write a prescription for Seroquel in combat zones, reported Military Times (http://www.armytimes.com/
Meanwhile, as the FDA considered whether or not to issue extended warnings on Seroquel due to reports of heart risks, AstraZeneca made over $2 billion more on sales.
Now that the patent has run out it seems more attention is being paid to the ineffectiveness and risks associated with this drug.
In 2010, the company paid $520 million for marketing the drug off-label and for the debilitating side-effects patients experienced. But what is that compared with the multiple $billions made on sales.
Although off patent, Seroquel (quetiapine)
Anyone who is prescribed this drug by their doctor should seek a second (or third) opinion.
If you are interested in finding out more about his drug and its side effects, here’s an article from ABC News Australia:
Growing Concerns over Side Effects and Growing Prescription Rates of Psychiatric Drug Seroquel
And here’s a video that covers many of these side effects and warnings.Seroquel Side Effects and Warnings (Xtranormal Video) (http://youtu.be/