The Psychopharmacology Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Almost a year has passed since I last considered the Psychopharmacology Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. This committee has ten members including the Chair. Here is a summary … Continue reading The Psychopharmacology Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

“It’s an outrage!”

It is now more than 3 years since I heard the above presentation at this Continuing Medical Education (CME) event: Dr Christmas considered the over- and under- prescribing of antidepressants … Continue reading “It’s an outrage!”

Pills or public health?

This is the title of the Editorial in the current BMJ by it’s Editor in Chief. Fiona Godlee states: I have previously written about the approach to “transparency” taken by … Continue reading Pills or public health?

“A wrong un’ when you see it”

The January 2019 edition of the British Journal of Psychiatry has, as its theme: Treatment-Resistant Mood Disorders. In the Journal a “consensus definition” of “treatment resistance” was provided by a … Continue reading “A wrong un’ when you see it”

The Narrative Controllers

Science is important to us all. This post is an attempt to explore some of the broad issues that we need to consider to ensure scientific integrity. Science is more … Continue reading The Narrative Controllers

‘Priorities for the President’

It is most welcome to find that the current President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Wendy Burn, has embraced social media. This being one of a number of meaningful … Continue reading ‘Priorities for the President’

“RCPsych Congress . . . it’s all you need!”

I have been receiving weekly invites to this International Congress [to my NHS e-mail address]. The latest invitation makes the statement that “it’s all you need!” The previous invitation was titled … Continue reading “RCPsych Congress . . . it’s all you need!”

The British Journal of Psychiatry: are competing interests of authors sufficiently transparent?

The current edition of the British Journal of Psychiatry, May 2018, contains academic papers on depressive disorders. In this post I will share some of the declarations of interest linked … Continue reading The British Journal of Psychiatry: are competing interests of authors sufficiently transparent?

“All in the past”: well, no.

Seven years ago this Editorial was published in the BMJ: Eleven years ago, all NHS Chief Executives in Scotland were asked to implement and govern this Scottish Government circular: HDL 62. This … Continue reading “All in the past”: well, no.

Declaration of Interest form: Royal College of Psychiatrists

The Treasurer of the Royal College of Psychiatrists recently informed me that the College are in the process of revising CR148 Good Psychiatric Practice: Relationships with pharmaceutical and other commercial relationships, and that … Continue reading Declaration of Interest form: Royal College of Psychiatrists

The changing production system of scientific knowledge