1. Millie Kieve wrote and directed this 4 minute film called Medicines Madness during a documentary film course with Documentary Film Makers Group (DFG) -

    Special thanks too, to Dr Andrew Herxheimer who kindly agreed to be interviewed. His work on finding links to suicide following a Panorama programme on the antidepressant drug Seroxat / Paroxetine / Paxil led to warnings and greater awareness that this drug and others could trigger extreme adverse reactions and withdrawal reactions. Sometimes sadly leading to suicide. Sadly Andrew died in 2016 and is greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Andrew gave his time freely to help many people who contacted APRIL.

    Karen's died in 1995 in an accidental fall from a 7th floor window that had a broken safety catch. This was not considered to be a suicide. At the time she was confused and had suffered dizzy spells but she was not suicidal. However in my view, whether a death is due to sudden onset of confusion leading to an accident or an apparent act of self harm is not the issue. The issue is the lack of warnings or recognition by doctors, coroners, family members, that a pharmaceutical drug, missing a dose, or stopping a drug can lead to sudden death. This is called iatrogenic (treatment induced) death. for more information go the web site april.org.uk or the blog aprilcharity.blogspot.co.uk and follow us on Twitter please @APRIL_charity

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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. After daughter Karen's death, Millie went to the British Library Medical Department and found in her research plenty of evidence of psychiatric adverse effects. Why was there apparently so much ignorance in the medical profession?
    Listen to her story filmed at the groundbreaking APRIL charity conference 2008

    Read the Guardian article Millie wrote:
    guardian.co.uk/society/2004/aug/17/health.lifeandhealth
    For more articles by or about Millie and the issues, go to Google Scholar search Millie Kieve

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  5. Sara works to create awareness of the about medicines adverse effects and withdrawal problems. You can hear Sara at the next "Selling Sickness" meeting. Sara is particularly concerned about antidepressants and has been involved in the following web site.
    ssristories.com

    Sara attended the APRIL charity conference 2008 and spoke about her experience and knowledge from years of research.

    Here Sara speaks about Seroxat/Paxil (paroxetine) suicides. Failings in medical education and the healthcare system. Withdrawal from antidepressants and the problems encountered - polypharmacy. Iraq veterans being treated with drugs and sent back to the front line on antidepressants. Over treatment and the cost to human life and to the Healthcare Systems.

    Mentions Joseph Glenmuller and David Healy in relation to sensible advice on withdrawal from SSRIs. Professor Healy's talk from our conference is on this website.

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Personal stories of medicines side effects, suicide, ADRs, and harm to patients

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Most of the personal stories in this channel were recorded at the APRIL's conference in 2008 and we are so grateful for those who volunteered to share accounts of distress caused by medicines prescribed to help not harm. However lives were devastated…


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Most of the personal stories in this channel were recorded at the APRIL's conference in 2008 and we are so grateful for those who volunteered to share accounts of distress caused by medicines prescribed to help not harm. However lives were devastated as a result of doctors being unable to monitor or understand the adverse drug reactions. The lack of clinical pharmacology for 18 years in the medical curriculum must be in part to blame.
If you have a story to tell, please inform Millie at APRIL (Adverse Psychiatric Reactions Information Link) info at april.org.uk as an email address or go to the web site april.org.uk - Also hear the talks of doctors professors and academics on our Vimeo channel or via the web site.

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