Note to our followers: Our nearly 13-year run of daily publication of new content on comes to a close at the end of 2018. Publisher Gary Schwitzer and other contributors may post new articles periodically. But all of the 6,000+ articles we have published contain lessons to help you improve your critical thinking about health care interventions. And those will be still be alive on the site for a couple of years. — A Megaphone For Patients and Their Doctors

Noteworthy new website launch – “Making medicines safer for all of us.”

It’s founded by Dr. David Healy, internationally renowned psychiatrist and author from Wales; Dr. Dee Mangin of New Zealand, Dr. Kalman Applbaum of the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Nancy Olivieri and others you can read about here.

The project’s own description:

“RxISK is the first free, independent website where patients, doctors, and pharmacists can research prescription drugs and easily report a drug side effect — identifying problems and possible solutions earlier than is currently happening.”

The site offers these sections:

  • an Interaction  Checker

  • a Violence Zone in which you can “enter the drugs that you are taking to see all the side effects related to violent acts behaviour and thoughts reported to the US FDA and RxISK.”
  • a Suicide Zone: “Drugs sometimes cause people to have suicidal thoughts and behaviour. It is important to find out if there is a connection between these thoughts and your prescription so that adjustments can be made before you act on drug-induced violent ideas.”

Within the site is Dr. Healy’s blog, which includes recent entries such as:


It includes graphic displays such as this “FDA Heat Map” of reported side effects from a smoking cessation drug:





















We’ll be following this site and welcome your thoughts as you visit it.

You might also like


We Welcome Comments. But please note: We will delete comments left by anyone who doesn’t leave an actual first and last name and an actual email address.

We will delete comments that include personal attacks, unfounded allegations, unverified facts, product pitches, or profanity. We will also end any thread of repetitive comments. Comments should primarily discuss the quality (or lack thereof) in journalism or other media messages about health and medicine. This is not intended to be a forum for definitive discussions about medicine or science. Nor is it a forum to share your personal story about a disease or treatment -- your comment must relate to media messages about health care. If your comment doesn't adhere to these policies, we won't post it. Questions? Please see more on our comments policy.

Comments are closed.