A response from the Royal College of Psychiatrists is required:

Last Sunday, 27 October 2019, an investigation by Helen McArdle  featured in the Herald on Sunday. The following letter has been published in this Sunday’s Herald. Given the seriousness of … Continue reading A response from the Royal College of Psychiatrists is required:

Thoughts of a senior Scottish Psychiatrist

Every October, as one of the promised actions of the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Strategy a report is published by ISD Scotland on the prescribing of ‘Medicines used in the mental … Continue reading Thoughts of a senior Scottish Psychiatrist

“Mental health drug epidemic for children in Scotland”

The following is a full transcript of an investigation by Helen McArdle that featured in the Herald on Sunday 27 October 2019. It is my view as a Scottish dad, … Continue reading “Mental health drug epidemic for children in Scotland”

What you need to know

1 in 7 Scots are on an antidepressant. Some Scottish academics have argued that this is “appropriate prescribing” for “recurrent” and “chronic” conditions. Antipsychotic prescribing, in all age-groups, has risen … Continue reading What you need to know

A letter to Professor Jason Leitch

In this post I reply to Professor Jason Leitch, whose letter of the 2nd June 2015 on Haloperidol prescribing to Scotland’s elderly can be read here:   This is the … Continue reading A letter to Professor Jason Leitch

Haloperidol prescribing to Scotland’s elders

In a previous post the FOI returns on Haloperidol prescribing in NHS Scotland were shared.  This followed on from my consideration of a BMJ report regarding the scale and potential … Continue reading Haloperidol prescribing to Scotland’s elders

“OPAC tools are working”

It is over a year since I last wrote about delirium. Being aware that the new Care Standards for older people in hospital were to be published this month I … Continue reading “OPAC tools are working”

“In pursuit of marketing approval” [antidepressants for anxiety]

This is a report in the current BMJ: This was the result of the pursuit of the market: The US Food and Drug Administration failed to ensure scientific objectivity: Robert … Continue reading “In pursuit of marketing approval” [antidepressants for anxiety]

Haloperidol in Scotland

At the start of November 2014 I wrote to all 14 regional NHS Boards in Scotland regarding the prescribing of the antipsychotic medication generically called HALOPERIDOL. The 14 regional NHS Boards are responsible … Continue reading Haloperidol in Scotland

“Doing damage in delirium the hazards of antipsychotic treatment in elderly people”

This paper was published in the Lancet in late last year. It is a two page article that is worth reading in full. All screenshots below are from this paper: … Continue reading “Doing damage in delirium the hazards of antipsychotic treatment in elderly people”

Hospital prescribing of Haloperidol in your NHS Health Board area

I have sent the following as a Freedom of Information request to 14 NHS Boards in Scotland. When I receive replies I will post them on Hole Ousia. 7 November … Continue reading Hospital prescribing of Haloperidol in your NHS Health Board area

Don’t use antipsychotics routinely to treat agitation and aggression in people with dementia

The following “Change Page” was published in the British Medical Journal on the 3rd November 2014. The authors were: Anne Corbett, Professor Alistair Burns and Professor Clive Ballard. This is … Continue reading Don’t use antipsychotics routinely to treat agitation and aggression in people with dementia