Current education on Schizophrenia and substance misuse

In the public domain, Dr Samei Huda, a British Psychiatrist, has repeatedly stated that it is “propaganda” that the pharmaceutical industry has any significant role in the continuing medical education … Continue reading Current education on Schizophrenia and substance misuse

‘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’

‘Compelling evidence for maintenance treatment for antidepressants’

Dr David Christmas, 27 April 2017: “With regards to evidence, there is compelling evidence of benefit for maintenance treatment for antidepressants for at least 3 years (Geddes et al, 2003). … Continue reading ‘Compelling evidence for maintenance treatment for antidepressants’

‘Keep taking the tablets’

The front page of the Scotland on Sunday, 27 May 2018 carries the headline “Keep taking the tablets” and in its subtitle refers to the “alarming cost” of paracetamol prescriptions. … Continue reading ‘Keep taking the tablets’

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

“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!”

Credible or incredible: experience is evidence

A senior Scottish figure once gave me advice that it is very important to be perceived as “credible”. I was thinking about this advice recently when the convener of the … Continue reading Credible or incredible: experience is evidence

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