1. If your or a loved one has been prescribed several drugs and you are unhappy about their health, it may be time to evaluate the medicines they are taking. Especially in the case of elderly people where some drugs are not so well tolerated and dosage may be too high. This question was asked at our conference and this very short video includes the response by Dr Andrew Herxheimer, eminent Clinical Pharmacologist and expert in medicines harms and benefits.

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  2. This video is about a Roaccutane suicide victim's father approaching two leaders in patient safety - Louis Appleby & Kent Woods Chair of the MHRA and their dismissive attitude

    Millie Kieve interviewed Jon Medland at the APRIL conference in 2008. Jon's interview about the tragic death of his medical student son is also here on the Vimeo web site.

    Since 2008, Millie has approached in person, by letter and email Professor Louis Appleby. Millie's comments about this in this interview remain the same. His refusal to warn about akathisia, withdrawal effects or sudden onset of suicidal ideation linked to many drugs including acne drugs, anti-malarial drugs, antidepressants, Benzodiazepines and Z drugs, seems odd for someone who is head of Mental Health in the UK.

    Paying lip service to 'suicide prevention' is not good enough. We need to make every effort to save lives as more and more people are being prescribed drugs for conditions that may be helped in ways other than by using pharmaceuticals.

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  3. APRIL founder, Millie participated in a demonstration organised by Rufus May to highlight overuse of drugs and poor medicines management that can lead to harm including reduction of quality of life and early death.

    There is continued use of medication and signs it is not well tolerated by the likes of young Daniel, is sadly not easily dealt with. Daniel was having fits and Millie accompanied his sister when she tried to persuade the hospital psychiatrist to reduce dosage of Olanzapine that Daniel was not tolerating.
    A few weeks later Daniel suddenly died.
    Psychologist Rufus May, isrespected for his integrity and efforts to help so many people.
    Rufus organised a demonstration from the hospital in Tottenham where Daniel was first treated with psychiatric drugs at the age of 15 following an adverse reaction to medication prescribed by his GP.

    The demo included pushing a hospital bed and expressing our horror of the current system by creating a comic scenario. Hence Rufus is wearing a clown's hat in this interview. See his web sites comingoff.com and rufusmay.com

    The demo was in 2008 and sadly although efforts to improve the mental health system have gone ahead, we are still hearing sad stories of people over drugged or withdrawn too quickly from psychotropic drugs, leading to devastating long term adverse effects (iatrogenic illness).

    Many of the stories we hear are of people who had a severe psychiatric reaction to a non psychiatric drug. Instead of being helped to slowly recover as the toxicity reduced, they have been prescribed more drugs leading to even more physical and psychological harm.

    Many doctors have not studied pharmacology as it is not a compulsory subject for medical students. This results in overlooked or poor management of adverse drug reactions (ADRs).
    The subject of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics was removed from the guidelines on medical education published in 'Tomorrow's Doctors' in 1993.

    YOUR VIEWS CAN BE HEARD TOO! The British Medical Association have agreed to review opinions about the mental health treatment in our psychiatric system in the UK. Go to cepuk.org/news/ for more information.

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  4. Do psychiatrists really understand psychiatric drugs?



    Dr. Joanna Moncrieff
    psychiatrist and senior lecturer
    University College London

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  5. Clinical Pharmacologist Dr Andrew Herxheimer speaking at the APRIL conference November 2004 - Chair of session is Professor Angela Clow.

    Dr Herxheimer is renowned for his editing of Drug & Therapeutics Bulletin.

    He is one of the founders of the web site healthtalkonline.org which records patient's experiences of diseases.

    A contributor to Cochrane Reviews and renowned for his work investigating data and listening to patient experiences of adverse drug reactions (ADRs).

    He analysed Yellow Card ADR reports and patient reports sent to Charles Medawar's Social Audit web site of problems linked to Seroxat and withdrawal reactions, including suicides. Seroxat is an SSRI antidepressant also known as Paxil or paroxetine.

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Medicines harms & iatrogenic illness - Doctors, Professors & Academics discuss UK poor Medicines safety regulation and medical e

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Medicines harms - Doctors, Professors & Academics discuss UK poor Medicines safety regulation and medical education failings leading to an increase in iatrogenic (treatment induced) illness.

Admissions to hospital in UK due to adverse drug reactions…


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Medicines harms - Doctors, Professors & Academics discuss UK poor Medicines safety regulation and medical education failings leading to an increase in iatrogenic (treatment induced) illness.

Admissions to hospital in UK due to adverse drug reactions (ADRs) increased by 76.8% & emergency admission deaths due to ADRs by 10% - over 10 years to 2009.

Recorded at APRIL's 3rd conference. (shorter versions of some talks also on YOU TUBE)
Adverse Psychiatric Reactions Information Link
april.org.uk

SPEAKERS include:

Professor Munir Pirmohamed - NHS Chair of Pharmacogenetics.

Professor Simon Maxwell - Clinical Pharmacologist Edinburgh - Prime mover in improvement in undergraduate medical education.

Professor David Healy - Psychiatrist expert on SSRI induced suicide. Expert Witness.

Dr Andrew Herxheimer - Clinical Pharmacologist, former editor of Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin. Expert Witness.

Professor Heather Ashton - Clinical Psychopharmacologist, author of Benzodiazepine withdrawal protocol and involuntary addiction campaigner.

Dr Ben Goldacre speaking about rigged clinical trials and author of Bad Science.

Charles Medawar (Social Audit) - Author and long time campaigner for medicines safety.

Dr Bob Johnson, psychiatrist who campaigns for truth, trust and consent for patients and is against overuse of psychiatric medicines.

Dr Joanna Moncrieff, author of The Myth of the Chemical Cure and member of Critical Psychiatry Group.

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