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Broad press coverage for today’s Maudsley Debate and BMJ article on psychiatric drug harm

Several newspapers have included coverage of today’s Maudsley Debate and BMJ article which consider whether the long-term use of psychiatric drugs is causing more harm than good. The articles include: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/may/12/psychiatric-drugs-more-harm-than-good-expert http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/nhs/11600868/Throw-away-the-antidepressants-urges-leading-scientist.html http://www.independent.ie/life/health-wellbeing/antidepressants-and-drugs-for-dementia-and-adhd-are-harmful-leading-professor-warns-31218279.html Professor Peter Gøtzsche is also mentioned in the lead article on the front page of The Daily Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11601032/NHS-tests-and-drugs-do-more-harm-than-good.html

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BMJ article: is the long-term use of psychiatric drugs harmful?

The BMJ today publishes an article by CEP member Professor Peter Gøtzsche, in which he claims that the long-term use of psychiatric medication is causing more harm than good.  The article is timed to co-incide with a Maudsley Debate which will be held today on the same topic. More than half a million people aged above […]

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The third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer? Experts debate the harmful effects of psychiatric medications

Following its launch last year and the subsequent criticism of its position by prominent psychiatrists in the The Times and The Lancet Psychiatry, the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry (CEP) responded by issuing a challenge to its critics to engage in an open, public debate on psychiatric drug harm. Taking up this challenge, the Institute of Psychiatry at Kings College London […]

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Latest prescription data shows consumption of psychiatric drugs continues to soar

The latest prescription figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show that the UK is in the midst of a psychiatric drug epidemic.  Over 57m prescriptions for antidepressants were issued in England in 2014, enough for one for every man, woman and child.  This represents a 7.5% increase since 2013, and over 500% […]

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Maudsley Debate: long-term use of psychiatric drugs is causing more harm than good?

Following its launch last year and the subsequent criticism of its position by prominent psychiatrists in the The Times and The Lancet Psychiatry, CEP responded by issuing a challenge to its critics to engage in an open, public debate on psychiatric drug harm. CEP is therefore pleased to announce that Kings College London has agreed to host a […]

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VIDEO: ‘Psychiatric drugs: more dangerous than you ever imagined’ by Dr Peter Breggin

Dr Peter Breggin, prominent critic of biological psychiatry and psychiatric medication, has published a new short video summarising the dangerous negative effects of different classes of psychiatric drugs.

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Peter Gøtzsche’s latest book ‘Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma has Corrupted Healthcare’ wins first prize in BMA book awards 2014

Professor Peter Gøtzsche has won first prize in the 2014 BMA book awards in the Basis of Medicine Category with his most recent book, ‘Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare’, published by Radcliffe Publishing.  Peter is Director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre and a member of CEP. The BMA reviewer commented as […]

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Full text of CEP members’ letter to The Lancet Psychiatry in response to article by Nutt et al

David Nutt and colleagues1 represent a brand of psychiatry that wishes to keep its eyes firmly shut when evidence of harms and lack of effectiveness of favoured biological treatments are found. It is therefore unsurprising they take issue with the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry for publicising evidence that rarely gets discussed; evidence that would enable people […]

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CEP members respond to David Nutt and colleagues in letter to The Lancet Psychiatry

The Lancet Psychiatry today published a letter from members of the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry.  The letter is a response to a previous article in The Lancet Psychiatry entitled “Attacks on antidepressants: signs of deep-seated stigma?” which was contributed by Professor David Nutt, Professor Guy Goodwin and others. CEP’s letter can be seen here (no […]

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James Davies debates Simon Wessely today on BBC Radio 4 PM news programme

The BBC’s flagship afternoon news programme ‘PM’ on Radio 4 today includes a debate between Dr James Davies and Professor Sir Simon Wessely, the new President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, regarding oversubscribing of antidepressants and the need for greater transparency within UK psychiatry. The segment starts at 39 mins 20 secs at the […]

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