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Is the BMJ - and the medical profession that it represents - really 'listening to patients' and the public?

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Vanora

I want to share this with everyone on the SA forum but in particular with those of you who have made a submission to petition PE01651 currently at the Scottish parliament. Our campaign to raise awareness of Prescription Drug Dependence and Withdrawal has achieved a noteworthy success. Marion Brown together with others have managed to get an article published in the British Medical Journal drawing on the findings of PE01651.

 

Is the BMJ - and the medical profession that it represents - really 'listening to patients' and the public?

 

https://www.bmj.com/content/360/bmj.k1408/rr-0

 

The article outlines how we've been trying to engage with the medical profession and politicians and involved with the British Medical Association Board of Science.

 

The evidence provided in the petition is of "devastating effects on lives, relationships, employment and families". Doctors believe they are prescribing drugs which are "'safe and effective' but which have complex neurological (central and autonomic nervous system) effects", while patient concerns are "disbelieved". The drugs are "killing them quickly or slowly".    

 

We mention the Welsh petition led by Stevie Lewis and include responses both from us and our supporters to the recent meta-analysis about antidepressant efficacy.

 

It is our belief that the Royal College of Psychiatrists "is vigorously promoting the drugs whilst downplaying the realities of withdrawal".

 

I think you can say that we are all pretty chuffed!   

 

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ChessieCat

Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Three cheers for all of us!!!

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Kristine

This is the best news I have heard in a very very very long time :) Thank you for sharing Vanora :wub:

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peng

Thanks for that link, Vanora.

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Vanora

It's amazing to see our letter published in the BMJ and it's down to everyone who helped support our petition. 

 

Thank you everyone, didn't we do well!!  🎈🎇🎆

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Altostrata

Well done, everyone.

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Vanora
Posted (edited)

Thank you Altostrata. By the way I loved your piece for the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry.  👏 

 

Altostrata's comment is included here (to find:  Ctrl+F and type in Alto - there are 2 comments by Alto)

 

http://cepuk.org/2018/03/09/patients-academics-psychiatrists-formally-complain-president-royal-college-psychiatrists-misled-public-antidepressant-safety/#comment31504 

 

Edited by ChessieCat
Included link to Alto's comment

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Snowyowl16

Fantastic!

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