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Ireland’s over-prescribing disaster.

Ali Bracken
Ali Bracken

In 2009 following Shane’s death, a ‘Tribune’ journalist ‘Ali Bracken’ decided to find out whether antidepressants were being over-prescribed in Ireland. She presented to 5 doctors with symptoms of mild-depression and was shocked when 4 out of 5 prescribed her an antidepressant. The article ‘A Pill For Every Ill’ can be viewed here. So what has happened in the last 4 years. Has the over-prescribing of potentially dangerous drugs been curtailed in any way? Nope, in fact it’s actually got much, much worse.

In the last few weeks, a young journalism student ‘Niamh Drohan’ posed as a mildly depressed student in Waterford. This time sheNiamh Drohan visited 7 GPs as part of her investigation; all near Waterford city. Sadly, all 7 prescribed her an antidepressant. Her article ‘Depressing Truth about Treating Depression In The Young’ can be viewed here. What is all the more shocking this time around, is that 3 prescriptions were issued for one month supply, 1 was for two months, 1 was for three months and 2 were for six months. Can you believe that? Two doctors prescribed a 6 months supply of a potentially fatal amount of drug, to a depressed person that they had only just met? Why not just give her a gun and play some Russian Roulette with a young girl’s life? Idiots!

So why are Irish doctor’s prescribing so recklessly? The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines  recommend that doctors “Do not use antidepressants routinely to treat mild depression because the risk–benefit ratio is poor…” Another NICE review stated that the benefit of antidepressant medication compared with placebo in mild to moderate depression may be minimal or nonexistent.

What about the Irish Human Rights Commission who recommended, among other things, that doctors/psychiatrists are to give an ‘oral explanation of risks/side-effects of SSRI’s in advance of prescription, together with relevant written information’ and that a ‘level of monitoring and ongoing supervision is required when SSRI’s are initially prescribed’. I don’t think that equates to ‘here’s a script, now have a nice day young lady and don’t take them all at once’.

Considering Shane had access to 6 weeks of poison Citalopram and had a toxic-to-fatal level of same in his system when he died, how many horses could a 6 month supply kill? This dangerous over-prescribing is heading for disaster. As Dr Phil would say; how’s that working for ya professor? Rising suicides and increased prescribing… sometimes 2+2 really does equal 4.

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Interesting…pharmaceutical and other companies viewing my blog.

We set up this blog primarily in memory of Shane but also to try to give other prospective consumers of  antidepressants the information about the serious side-effects that they will not get in Ireland from the Irish Medicines Board. I don’t know what I expected but what I hadn’t expected was to talk to so many grieving parents with children who had committed suicide and random acts of violence on these drugs. I also corresponded with a a parent who had murdered his child, a mother whose husband had killed their children, and a young guy from the Dept. of Correction N.Y who is now in prison for killing his father. All these people were on an ssri antidpressant when these acts were committed.

Forgetting what I say and know, that Shane was not capable of hurting himself or anyone else, If the only Irish expert Professor Healy is right (don’t forget he did a report for Shane’s Inquest and stated that in his opinion Shane was a classic case of an adverse reaction to ssri’s) and these drugs can cause some people to commit suicide and in extreme cases homicide, it’s the wrong people who are in jail. The Irish Medicines Board do nothing to warn consumers of these side effects despite having plenty of knowledge. The IMB Patient Information Leaflet is criminal. Psychiatry Ireland continuously deny the side-effects in the media and send their “respected members” to attend Inquests to deny the same. Here is the IMB Patient Information Leaflet for Citalopram and the FDA versionThe discrepancies are Criminal.

Anyway, by the wonders of technology, most companies, universities, Public bodies ect, have their own personalised server which, thanks to Truthman and Bobby Fiddaman for helping a novice, can be seen on my blog….

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