“Could sell fridges to the Eskimos”

In July 2009, Professor Henry Nasrallah, was invited to give a paid talk to psychiatrists and psychiatrists-in-training for NHS Forth Valley. Professor Nasrallah was flown over from the USA to … Continue reading “Could sell fridges to the Eskimos”

Sunshine legislation

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, … Continue reading Sunshine legislation

Are the public being listened to?

This is a current Editorial in the BMJ: Below are a few extracts from this editorial: In a similar vein to Carl Heneghan, I have outlined that there is a problem … Continue reading Are the public being listened to?

The Scottish Public: consulted on a Sunshine Act

The Scottish public were consulted on the need for a Sunshine Act for Scotland. Their response, in majority, was that this was necessary. Almost a year-and-a-half on and the Scottish … Continue reading The Scottish Public: consulted on a Sunshine Act

Psychiatry without borders

This week the International Congress for the Royal College of Psychiatrists is taking place in Edinburgh. It is titled “Psychiatry without Borders”. Given my concerns about the harms associated with over-medicalisation I … Continue reading Psychiatry without borders

“The Law of the Few”

Malcolm Gladwell in his book ‘The Tipping Point’ describes what he terms “The Law of the Few”: namely that the influence of a few people can result in change in … Continue reading “The Law of the Few”

The Scottish Public Want Sunshine

There is a long standing joke about the lack of sunshine in Scotland. Three years ago I began the process of raising a petition with the Scottish Parliament to urge … Continue reading The Scottish Public Want Sunshine

Lurasidone – “Special Article”

I noticed this “Special Article” published in the October edition of the British Journal of Psychiatry. It details a novel antipsychotic medication called Lurasidone  (trade name Latuda): I would anticipate … Continue reading Lurasidone – “Special Article”

Stephen Stahl: $3,581,159 in payments from Pharma

In my last post I considered the level of transparency provided by the British Association for Psychopharmacology (BAP) in relation to its recently published Guidelines on prescribing for depressive disorders. … Continue reading Stephen Stahl: $3,581,159 in payments from Pharma

“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.

A SUNSHINE ACT for Scotland

This is an exact transcript of a submission made 23rd August 2013 to the Public Petitions Committee of the Scottish Parliament. 1. Name of petitioner: Dr Peter J. Gordon 2. Petition title A … Continue reading A SUNSHINE ACT for Scotland

Continuing Medical Education and its entanglement with the Pharmaceutical Industry

Yesterday I sent the e-mail (at the foot of this post) to Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Well-being for the Scottish Government. It should be self explanatory. My … Continue reading Continuing Medical Education and its entanglement with the Pharmaceutical Industry