A prescribed medication: my experience

Hole Ousia

Today, the Sunday Herald carried this front-page headline:

I was part of this Herald report. I ask you to forgive me for using a swear word. Please do not say that I am brave. I am not. I am a worrier and hate causing upset. Brave are those like Alyne Duthie.

In the era of Evidenced Based Medicine the work and thoughts of the sociologist Patrick Geddes seem to have been rarely considered. Geddes argued that evidence comes in many forms. Evidenced Based Medicine is just one form. Geddes, were he still alive, might ask how “informed” today’s evidence is?

This is some of my story of antidepressant withdrawal:

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Sunshine legislation

Hole Ousia

I have just sent this letter:

Sent: 07 October 2018 10:49
Subject: Sunshine legislation

Bridge of Allan,
7th October 2018

Dear Royal Colleges, General Medical Council, UK Governments, UK Parliaments/Assemblies, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, Chief Medical Officer for England, MHRA, NICE, SIGN, Science Media Centre, the APPG on prescribed drug dependence and withdrawal, the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, and the British Association for Psychopharmacology,

There seems to be an increasing understanding that without the introduction of sunshine legislation the potential for iatrogenic harm will continue in the UK. I have been involved in this subject for many years and have previously petitioned the Scottish Parliament to consider the introduction of a Sunshine Act. As a consequence of this petition the Scottish Public were consulted and this confirmed public support for such legislation.

I wish to share with you a recent summary that I have made which may…

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