Friday, March 07, 2008

Suicide Warnings ‘Buried’ on Antidepressant Drugs that ‘Don’t Work’



The UK drug regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) ‘buried’ an announcement that all antidepressant drugs are to carry warnings regarding ‘suicidal thoughts and behaviour,’ says an international psychiatric watchdog.

The MHRA’s decision to implement warnings on all antidepressants was made before the recent release of a damning study from the University of Hull, which was highly critical of a particular class of antidepressant, describing them as being no better than placebo, and which made ‘no difference to patients.’

The ‘buried’ announcement on the warnings followed an MHRA Working Party, which considered the results of adult clinical trial data for SSRIs and other antidepressants that had been completed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States. This was the data used by the team lead by Prof Irving Kirsch at the University of Hull, but is unlikely to have included the data the Hull team obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, and which brought about the determination that the drugs ‘don’t work.’

The outcry has prompted Heywood and Middleton MP Jim Dobbin to issue an Early Day Motion in Parliament regarding antidepressants, where he has noted “…that there is zero cost-effectiveness to drugs that do not work” and “…that large numbers of people are involuntarily addicted to these drugs and suffer bizarre and severe side effects which leave them unable to work.”

He has called upon the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to review the approval of these drugs and has urged the Government to investigate how the manufacturers and distributors obtained product licences.

Between 1999 and 2006, the NHS in England has paid out an astonishing £2.7billion on antidepressant drugs, while two well-known antidepressant drugs have pulled in combined revenue of £895million in England alone.


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The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), the international psychiatric watchdog established by the Church of Scientology in 1969, says it is scandalous and tantamount to fraud that psychiatric drugs which ‘don’t work’, are raking in billions and bleeding the NHS of much-needed funds that could be spent in areas of the medical profession that actually achieves results.

The use of antidepressants relies on the theory introduced by psychiatrists that a ‘chemical imbalance' is the cause of so-called mental illness. The antidepressant drugs are supposed to fix an ‘imbalance’ that according to scientists, can’t be scientifically proven.

Brian Daniels, national spokesperson for CCHR in the UK, said, “ There is no test to confirm or deny the existence of a ‘chemical imbalance.' The concept that this theory underlies mental illness is entirely false and is testimony to the worldwide psychiatric propaganda that has thoroughly duped well-meaning people and politicians alike.

”While popularised by heavy marketing, it is simply psychiatric wishful thinking. As with all of psychiatry's disease models, it has been thoroughly discredited by researchers.”

Jonathon Leo, associate professor of anatomy at Western University of Health Sciences said, “If a psychiatrist says you have a shortage of a chemical, ask for a blood test and watch the psychiatrist's reaction. The number of people who believe the scientists have proven that depressed people have low serotonin is a glorious testament to the power of marketing.”

CCHR is calling for NICE and the MHRA to review their approvals and warnings based on the entire body of data obtained by the team from the University of Hull.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights is an international psychiatric watchdog group co-founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and Dr Thomas Szasz, Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus, to investigate and expose psychiatric violations of human rights.

For more information, please contact:

Brian Daniels
CCHR UK
P.O. Box 188
East Grinstead
West Sussex
RH19 4RB

Tel: 01342 313 926 / 07980 934 984
Email: brian@cchr.org.uk
Web site: http://www.cchr.org.uk

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