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Patients, academics and psychiatrists formally complain that the president of Royal College of Psychiatrists has misled the public over antidepressant safety

A formal complaint of misleading the public on a matter of public safety has today been lodged with the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) against its President, Professor Wendy Burn, and the Chair of its Psychopharmacology Committee, Professor David Baldwin. Burn and Baldwin stated, in a letter to The Times on 24 February, that: ‘[for] […]

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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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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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The Daily Telegraph and Mail Online: Dr James Davies says quiz used to diagnose depression is designed by Pfizer

Dr James Davies is interviewed today in The Daily Telegraph about a questionnaire used by doctors to diagnose depression and anxiety in the UK. “These forms have a very low criteria for anxiety and depression’” says Davies.  “Millions of people have filled them and in and got medication, but did they know they were developed by […]

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The Daily Mail backs APPG and BMA call for national prescribed drug helpline

The Daily Mail has today joined the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence and the BMA in their call for a national helpline to help patients seeking to withdraw from benzodiazepines, antidepressants and opioid painkillers. The paper has published two articles on the topic: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4354304/Thousands-turned-drug-addicts-doctors.html http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4354894/A-million-patients-anti-depressants-don-t-need.html#comments-4354894  

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Psychology Today: Dr James Davies describes the harmfulness of psychiatry

CEP co-founder Dr James Davies was interviewed by Dr Eric Maisel in Psychology Today about the harmfulness of psychiatry: “If [people] really knew the facts, they would think again, or at the very least, make more informed choices… diagnostic manuals resting on no solid empirical foundations; the safety and efficacy of drugs being grossly overstated; unrestrained […]

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Call for independent review of use of Prozac to treat depressed children

Jerome Burne, a freelance health journalist who writes regularly for the Daily Mail, has called for an independent review of the use of Prozac to treat depressed children.  In an article for the online blog HealthInsightUK Burne cites a study which shows that the proportion of suicidal events among children taking Prozac was more than three times greater than […]

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Wife of CEP co-founder talks to Mail on Sunday about his dependence on prescribed drugs

Julie Montagu, wife of Luke Montagu the co-founder of CEP, is interviewed in the Mail on Sunday today about his horrifying experience withdrawing from an antidepressant and sleeping pill. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-3470982/Julie-Montagu-talks-husband-Luke-s-addiction-prescription-drugs.html

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Review of CEP conference ‘More Harm than Good’ in latest Human Givens Journal

The new issue of the Human Givens Journal includes a comprehensive review of CEP’s conference last year entitled ‘More Harm than Good: Confronting the Psychiatric Medication Epidemic’. In addition, the journal contains an article which covers the recent BMA report on prescribed drug dependence, for which CEP contributed evidence. Both articles can be downloaded via […]

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Daily Mail: ‘Psychiatric drugs… third major killer after heart disease and cancer,’ says Prof Peter Gøtzsche

The Daily Mail today publishes two articles describing the devastating and often deadly impact of psychiatric drugs.  In the first piece, Cochrane Collaboration co-founder Prof Peter Gøtzsche details the findings of his new book, Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial (2105). “More than 80 million prescriptions for psychiatric drugs are written in the UK every year,” says Gøtzsche. […]

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