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The Royal College of Psychiatrists challenged over burying of inconvenient antidepressant data

The following letter was sent, by email, at 2.26pm today: To: Professor Wendy Burn, President – Royal College of Psychiatrists; Professor David Baldwin, Chair, Psychopharmacology Committee – Royal College of Psychiatrists. February 28, 2018 Dear Professors Burn and Baldwin On 24.2.2018 The Times published a letter signed by you, in your capacities as President, and […]

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Peter Gøtzsche: Cipriani review does not add anything

This huge systematic review (Cipriani et al 2018) does not add anything to the knowledge we already had about depression pills. Briefly, the effects as estimated on the Hamilton scale are very similar to those reported in a another huge meta-analysis in early 2017 (Jakobsen JC, Katakam KK, Schou A, et al. Selective serotonin reuptake […]

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Do antidepressants work? The new research proves nothing new

The Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry 22 February 2018 For immediate release: Cipriani’s et al’s new research on whether antidepressants work has generated much excitement in the news media as well as the psychiatric community. The study has been represented by the Royal College of Psychiatrists as “finally putting to bed the controversy on anti-depressants“. This statement […]

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The Chair of the Petitions Committee is looking for people in Wales to tell their stories of prescribed drug dependence

The Chair of the Petitions Committee, David Rowlands AM, has requested written evidence from people in Wales about their experience of Prescribed Drug Dependence and their opinions on what support services there are on offer and what could be improved.  His letter states: “The Committee has agreed to seek the views and experiences of people […]

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APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence welcomes announcement of a review into prescribed drug dependence and withdrawal

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence (for whom CEP provides the secretariat) welcomes Public Health England’s announcement today of an evidence review into prescribed drugs that may cause dependence and withdrawal. Prescribed drug dependence is a growing problem, with increasing numbers of prescriptions for addictive, psychoactive drugs being given to adults and […]

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APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence calls on Camden CCG to reverse decision to close support service for patients dependent on benzodiazepines

  The REST Project, based at MIND in Camden, has been providing essential support services to patients suffering from dependence and withdrawal from benzodiazepines for 30 years.  During this time it has helped thousands of clients safely withdraw from long term use of sedatives, tranquilisers and sleeping pills, through specialised group meetings and personalised support.  […]

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CEP is looking for individuals in the UK who are willing to talk to the media about prescribed drug dependence

We anticipate that there will be significant media coverage next week around the issue of prescribed drug dependence and withdrawal. We are therefore looking for individuals who have had a negative experience withdrawing from benzodiazepines, z-drugs, gaba-ergic drugs (e.g. neurontin), opioids or antidepressants who would be prepared to tell their story to the media, including on television. […]

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Dr James Davies interviewed in BBC documentary ‘Health’

Dr James Davis, co-founder of CEP, is interviewed in this new documentary by the BBC which investigates the deals struck between health professionals and pharmaceutical companies. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b096sjk2

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2017 Prescribed Drug Withdrawal Survey: Initial Findings

We would like to thank all those people who took the time to complete our recent survey on prescribed drug dependence and withdrawal. The information you provided is vital in moving the case forward for specialist services for those adversely affected by prescribed drug dependence. The responses we received were as moving and informative as they […]

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2017 Withdrawal Survey extended until 5pm BST Monday 28 August

We have received an unprecedented number of responses to the 2017 Withdrawal Survey and as a result we have decided to extend the survey until 5pm BST Monday 28 August. You can access the survey here: https://roehamptonpsych.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6gSHZN88sOmHDlr More details on the survey are available here: http://cepuk.org/2017/08/10/cep-2017-prescribed-drug-withdrawal-survey/ Thank you for your support.

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