Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Are Psych Drugs Killing 500,000 Seniors?

Does the long term use of psychiatric drugs cause more harm than good?
Yes, says Professor Peter C. Gotzche.  And, he contends, the harm done by psych drugs causes a shocking 500,000 deaths in adults aged 65 and older every year in the Western World.

Professor Gotzche is a professor at the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Denmark, part of the prestigious Cochrane Collaboration.  He presented his argument in the 52nd Maudsley Debate at King's College London.[i]  The Maudsley Debates take place three times a year at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) of King's College.
How could this information go unnoticed?
Professor Gotzche blames biased drug trials.  Almost all randomized trials include patients already taking another psychiatric drug.  They are taken off their medication, and after a short "wash-out" period, are randomized to a placebo or the test drug.  But the patients going "cold turkey" are dealing with withdrawal symptoms.  As a group they make the new drug look good in comparison.

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