Action

Response to James Le Fanu, BMJ, Mass medicalisation is an iatrogenic catastrophe, 29 June 2018

https://www.bmj.com/content/361/bmj.k2794/rapid-responses

Response to Daniel Sokol, BMJ, Doctors shouldn’t reveal so much, 19 June 2018

https://www.bmj.com/content/361/bmj.k2495/rapid-responses

Response to Clare Gerada, BJGP, Doctors and Suicide, 8 May 2018

http://bjgp.org/content/68/669/168/tab-e-letters

Response to BMJ Editorial, 17 April 2018 – The NHS at 70: Loved, valued and affordable?  Fiona French 

https://www.bmj.com/content/361/bmj.k1540/rapid-responses

Response to BMJ Editorial, 4 April 2018, Marion Brown, Alyne Duthie, Fiona French, Beverley Thorpe, “Is the BMJ – and the medical profession that it represents – really ‘listening to patients’ and the public?”

https://www.bmj.com/content/360/bmj.k1408/rr-0

Letter in BMJ, 28 March 2018, Fiona French, Response to “Large meta-analysis ends doubt about efficacy of antidepressants”

https://www.bmj.com/content/360/bmj.k847/rr-4

More publicity in the Helensburgh Advertiser, 20 February 2018

http://www.helensburghadvertiser.co.uk/news/16034343.Helensburgh_drug_campaigner_says_government_is___39_slamming_the_door_in_people__39_s_faces__39_/?ref=erec

http://www.helensburghadvertiser.co.uk/news/helensburghandlomond/16034358.Rosneath_woman__39_s_decade_long_battle_after_coming_off_long_term_medication/

Prof David Healy, Aberdeen Conference, antidepressants doing more harm than good in teenagers, 5 February 2018

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-42917452#

Letter to BMJ, Marion Brown, Should action take priority over further research in public health, 5 February 2018

http://www.bmj.com/content/360/bmj.k292/rapid-responses

Tabitha Dow, Daily Mail

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/fb-5305047/SIDE-EFFECTS-ANTIDEPRESSANTS-RUINED-LIFE-TABITHA.html

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/prescription-drug-addicts-turn-to-internet-in-absence-of-nhs-help-gtbr7hq83

Letter to Herald, 15 December 2017, Marion Brown responding to my letter. 

http://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/15774601.Letters__Medicines_to_treat_depression_can_be_toxic_and_should_be_used_with_caution/

Letter to Herald, 13 December 2017,  responding to Dr Philip Gaskill

http://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/letters/15742105.Letters__Scrutinise_toxic_effects_of_psychiatric_drugs/

Letter to BMJ, 10 December 2017,  “Shell Shock”

http://www.bmj.com/content/359/bmj.j5621/rapid-responses

Do we spend too much money on medicines in Scotland? Health Improvement Scotland 

Do we spend too much money on medicines in Scotland? – Richard Norris

What you need to know about coming off antidepressants.  

Marion Brown,  7 December 2017

https://welldoing.org/article/what-you-need-to-know-about-coming-off-antidepressants

Herald, 4 December 2017 – Second discussion of petition at Holyrood

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/health/15698034.Campaigners_beg_MSPs_to_tackle__health_scandal__of_prescription_pill_harm/

Herald, 4 December 2017 – Ann Kelly’s story

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15700229.Case_Study____39_The_pressure_and_pain_in_my_skull_is_so_overwhelming__39_/

Letter to BJGP, responding to Dr Des Spence, 1 December 2017 
http://bjgp.org/content/67/665/562/tab-e-letters

Letters to BJGP, responding to Dr Stuart Allan, 20 November 2017 

http://bjgp.org/content/67/663/445.1/tab-e-letters

Letter to BJGP Open, withdrawal of unnecessary antidepressant medication

http://bjgpopen.org/content/early/2017/11/14/bjgpopen17X101265/tab-e-letters

Letter to BJGP, response to Dr Des Spence, re antidepressant over-prescribing

http://bjgp.org/content/66/652/573

Article by Marion Brown in GP View, 25 September 2017 – MUPS

http://gpview.co.uk/update-managing-patients-with-medically-unexplained-symptoms/

Letter to BJGP, 12 September 2017, Improving communication re MUPS

http://bjgp.org/content/early/2017/08/28/bjgp17X692537/tab-e-letters

Letter to BJGP Open, 14 August 2017 – guidelines / systematic reviews of management of MUS

http://bjgpopen.org/content/1/3/BJGP-2016-0868/tab-e-letters#spotlight-on-the-mus-doctor–patient-relationship

Letter to BJGP, 31 July 2017 – Bad Medicine: The medical untouchables

http://bjgp.org/content/67/661/363/tab-e-letters

Letter to BGJP, 11 July 2017 – Helpful strategies for GPs seeing patients with MUPS

http://bjgp.org/content/early/2017/07/03/bjgp17X691697/tab-e-letters

Letter to BMJ, 6 July 2017 – Judging the benefits and harms of medicines

http://www.bmj.com/content/357/bmj.j3129/rapid-responses

Appeared on BBC TV Reporting Scotland – 29 June 2017 – date of first meeting of Petitions Committee to discuss petition on prescribed drug dependence

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-40442178

20 June 2017 – Invited to speak on Kaye Adams Radio Programme but was abruptly cut off by presenter, Louise White. Later received an apology. 

Letter to BJGP, 31 May 2017 – Bad Medicine: Defensiveness

http://bjgp.org/content/67/659/272/tab-e-letters

Story in Daily Mail, 22 May 2017

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4531548/Betrayed-doctors-turned-DRUG-ADDICTS.html

Letter to BJGP, 21 May 2017

http://bjgp.org/content/withdrawal-benzodiazepines

Petition to Petitions Committee, Scottish Parliament – May 2017

http://www.parliament.scot/GettingInvolved/Petitions/PE01651

Scottish Sunday Express covers Petition – 18 April 2017

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/793170/Antidepressants-support-Scotland-campaign-patient-mental-health

Appearance on Scottish TV news, 18 November 2015

http://news.stv.tv/north/1332797-woman-addicted-to-prescription-drugs-for-40-years-robbed-of-life/

Contact with veteran campaigners such as Barry Haslam, Oldham.  Barry has campaigned on this issue for 30 years.

http://www.benzo.org.uk/barry.htm

APPG House of Commons

The personal stories of Fiona French and Ann Kelly have been shared with the All Party Parliamentary Group on PDD recently set up in the House of Commons.  Marion Brown, Recovery and Renewal, Helensburgh attended meeting on 24 November 2015.

STV news item – November 2015

http://news.stv.tv/north/1332797-woman-addicted-to-prescription-drugs-for-40-years-robbed-of-life/

Petition to Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Health

https://www.change.org/p/shona-robison-cabinet-secretary-for-health-scotland-prescribed-drug-dependence-needs-to-be-recognised

Contact with Politicians

Fiona French has written to her MP, Kirsty Blackman, SNP and an email has been sent to every MSP. A few have responded positively.  Cameron Buchanan, Cons, tabled a Parliamentary Question on the subject of PDD in December 2015.

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/BusinessBulletin/94637.aspx

Newspapers/radio

Scotland on Sunday published a small piece on 22 November 2015.

The Daily Record published a two page spread on 8 February 2016.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/health/two-scots-women-who-suffered-7328665#Iq1ZXlGZktK5FwOz.97

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/real-life/record-view-government-must-tackle-7330345#Mis9DCTLVpmiotG3.97

Daily Record – David Healy

Fiona French spoke briefly on Radio Scotland on 8 February 2016.

  • “Louise White sits in” –  starting at just over 1 hour

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b055jkys/episodes/player

11 July 2016 – first World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day 

 

 

 

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