The dedicated work of CCHR Japan, here staging a protest against psychiatric drugging and abuses, contributed to the discontinuation of the harmful Japanese antipsychotic Vegetamin.
Shionogi & Co., Ltd. of Japan announced its dangerous Vegetamin will be no more.

Japan’s “Vegetamin,” a heavy antipsychotic drug responsible for an estimated 1,000 deaths, will finally be taken off the market thanks to the work of CCHR Japan and other like-minded organizations.

Vegetamin is the Japanese equivalent of the psychotropic Thorazine, the first antipsychotic ever developed in 1951, with side effects so devastating it has been dubbed a “liquid straitjacket” or a “chemical lobotomy.”

Yet, according to an analysis of a national database covering prescription patterns, Vegetamin was being prescribed to a staggering 8 percent of outpatients and 15 percent of inpatients in Japan.

CCHR’s persistent string of complaints to Japan’s National Health Ministry was finally heard when Shionogi & Co., Ltd. was forced to announce that Vegetamin would be discontinued on December 31, 2016.

Vegetamin’s parent pill, Thorazine, was praised in the 1950s as psychiatry’s new “wonder drug.” It has since been proven to cause muscle spasms, confusion, seizures, insomnia and tardive dyskinesia (a disorder that involves involuntary movements, especially of the lower face) and has also been shown to cause death.

CCHR Japan has been working for years to expose psychiatry’s abusive practices in their country, which has the highest ratio of psychiatric beds to population out of any nation in the world.


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