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

“Put to Bed”

On the 21st February 2018 Professor Carmine Pariante was quoted across the world: “this meta-analysis finally puts to bed the controversy on antidepressants . . . “ The Science Media … Continue reading “Put to Bed”

The Royal College of Psychiatrists and sunshine: ‘Gordon Bennett’!

I recently shared what was not redacted from the 300 page response of a ‘Subject Access’ inquiry that I made to the Royal College of Psychiatrists. This response reveals that … Continue reading The Royal College of Psychiatrists and sunshine: ‘Gordon Bennett’!

‘Realistic Medicine: Valuing People”

Alongside my NHS Lothian colleagues in psychiatry I have received an invitation to the Realistic Medicine Conference for 2018. It is entitled “Valuing People”. I have repeatedly made clear my … Continue reading ‘Realistic Medicine: Valuing People”

“He delivered piercing insights”

The Royal College of Psychiatrists describes “7 highlights” from its “sold-out”, and no doubt lucrative, International Congress 2018 which this year was held in Birmingham. The Royal College of Psychiatrists … Continue reading “He delivered piercing insights”

‘Tens of thousands of children’

On the front page, and over several pages inside, the Times newspaper reported on prescribing rates of antidepressants: The Times considered the prescribing of antidepressants to both young and old: … Continue reading ‘Tens of thousands of children’

Off-Label Prescriptions

In the Summer 2018 edition of the Royal College of Psychiatrist’s magazine,  I N S I G H T, Professor David Baldwin, Chair of the College Psychopharmacology Committee gives advice … Continue reading Off-Label Prescriptions

“FULLY BOOKED”

I was recently telling a colleague of mine about my campaign for a Sunshine Act for Scotland. My colleague had noticed this recent interview as published in the BMJ: I … Continue reading “FULLY BOOKED”

British Association for Psychopharmacology Guidelines (BAP)

The above Evidence-based guidelines for treating depressive disorders with antidepressants have recently been published. The British Association for Psychopharmacology are an organisation highly regarded by my profession of psychiatry. 12% of their … Continue reading British Association for Psychopharmacology Guidelines (BAP)

SIGN guidelines: transparency and objectivity

It has been a good while since I last wrote about SIGN Guidelines. In fact my last communication to SIGN was the following e-mail (of over a year-and-a- half ago): … Continue reading SIGN guidelines: transparency and objectivity

Sign Guideline 98: Autism Spectrum Disorders

I was recently asked by Autism Rights if SIGN Guideline 98 had records of financial interests for all those involved in developing this national guideline. The answer is no. Along … Continue reading Sign Guideline 98: Autism Spectrum Disorders

“Unprofessional”

My view is that we all have conflicts of interest. Science however cannot ignore financial conflicts of interest. The above was a recent statement by the Scottish Government in response … Continue reading “Unprofessional”