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Strapline: your Bipolar Scotland Features 17 in BS mag on Nice drugs guidance - do you have links with pharmaceutical companies?
"Dear Professor Smith (Danny)
Many of these drugs I have personal experience of. Either having been coerced to swallow them myself or had family members who were put under pressure to take them, or were persuaded to keep on taking them. I would add Clozapine to the list as one of my relatives is now on this drug, in her 40's, and walks with a stick. It causes inner ear balance issues, weight gain and speech problems, among other side effects.
I notice that you also mention psychoeducation and psychological therapies but the drug recommendations take up most of the space. Which takes me to the second reason for writing.
Do you have any links with pharmaceutical companies, for example are you a consultant, receive payment for advising drug companies, take money from them for speaking on their behalf at events or promoting their products? In the interests of transparency I hope that you will respond to my question, with openness. I will be putting this Email in a blog post so that others can see.
As you may be aware, I support the work of Dr Peter J Gordon in his petitioning Scottish Parliament for a Sunshine Act:
As a mother of sons who have accessed psychiatric inpatient treatment and received bipolar diagnoses, while in the process also of being subject to psychiatric abuse, I am keen to know if mental health academics are free from conflicts of interest in their work. As in, any links with big pharma could be contrary to what is in the best interests of a service user or psychiatric inpatient. Drug-centred rather than person-centred treatment.
|Bipolar Scotland newsletter page 21|
For interest, here is my post ''More Harm Than Good: Confronting the Psychiatric Medication Epidemic' Conference 18 September 2015 London':
I have registered and bought plane tickets."