Michael (Mike) Geldard was 66 and struggling with a knee injury, for which he was prescribed various pain medications, including Codeine, a highly addictive drug. His attempts to withdraw from Codeine left him frustrated and anxious – for this he prescribed the antidepressant Citalopram (along with a benzodiazepine). The day after Mike was prescribed Citalopram, he told his doctor … More Did Mike Geldard Assume That Citalopram Was Safe?
Psychiatric Drugs: Evidence Based Medicine or Psychiatry’s Smoke Ball? For decades doctors and psychiatrists have defended the use and efficacy of psychiatric drugs, from declaring that they ‘revolutionised the treatment of depression’ to just plain ‘lifesaving’. Indeed Irish Psychiatrist Patricia Casey has proclaimed that antidepressants are lifesaving and that for early improvement in ‘clinical’ … More Psychiatric Drugs: Evidence Based Medicine or Psychiatry’s Smoke Ball?
Referring to the pharmaceutical industry, Marcia Angell, former editor of The New England Journal of Medicine, said “What does the eight-hundred-pound gorilla do? Anything it wants to”. I haven’t really mentioned the TV3 documentary, apart from my view that Patricia Casey used the exercise to contradict Professor David Healy, pushing a vendetta that she’s harboured since long before … More Is Vincent Browne Afraid Of The Gorilla?
This week our Taoiseach Enda Kenny personally apologised to Louise O’Keeffe following the European Court of Human Right’s decision in O’Keeffe v Ireland – that Ireland had violated Article 3 and 13 of the European Convention of Human Rights. Louise had suffered abuse while in National school at the hands of a paedophile teacher. For years the … More Government apologises to SSRI victims – not yet!
The pharmaceutical industry has a long and tangled involvement within Irish politics. Besides politics, our medical ‘experts’ have built up their training and expertise while simultaneously having a fundamental collegial relationship with the pharmaceutical industry. Pharma politics may not be news to Americans, Latvians or our British neighbours – but as Ireland is my Country … More The Pharmaceutical Industry’s Influence in Irish Politics and Medicine.
This November IFMAD are holding a symposium in Monte Carlo which is sponsored by an unrestricted grant from Lundbeck pharmaceuticals. IFMAD is an abbreviation for ‘International Forum on Mood and Anxiety Disorders’ – an unfortunate abbreviation it has to be said. Their website is also sponsored by Lundbeck Pharmaceuticals. According to their ‘Lundbeck sponsored’ website, IFMAD … More The Lundbeck merry-go-round.
It seems to me that our Irish Courts rely far to much on psychiatric ‘expert’ advise. What am I on about today, you might ask? In a 2004 paper entitled ‘Expert Witness Perceptions of Bias in Experts’, Michael Commons et al had this to say: “There are many ideal qualities for expert witnesses. The objectivity of the … More The Irish College of Phishy Psychiatry.