Another victim of our broken psychiatric services.

At the risk of repeating myself; In May last year David Healy and Declan Gilsenan met with Kathleen Lynch in Leinster House (Government Buildings). David Healy told her that psychiatric drugs were the leading cause of death within the mental health field. Declan Gilsenan had similar concerns. So naturally she acted straight away, right? Wrong, … Continue reading Another victim of our broken psychiatric services.

Ireland’s continuing abuse of children.

An article yesterday in the Irish Times regarding asylums in Ireland makes for very disturbing reading. Dr Damien Brennan of Trinity College Dublin has recently launched a book detailing Ireland's 'mental health' structure, then and now; Irish Insanity: 1800-2000 . Dr Brennan worked as a mental health nurse in St Loman’s, Grangegorman and Portrane. He said “there was a harshness … Continue reading Ireland’s continuing abuse of children.

Two more young people dead; victims of a broken system?

Sadly today's newspapers report that a body recovered from the River Foyle has been identified as missing Dublin teenager Kieran McKeon. He was 18 years old. Last March (13th) Kieran travelled to Derry with his friend Alexandra O'Brien (21) and checked into a nearby hotel. The following day some of Alexandra's belongings were found on … Continue reading Two more young people dead; victims of a broken system?

A nation of zombies?

This week the  revelation that we are eating horse and pig with our beef burgers has come as a bit of a shock. Although I have to say, surprisingly, it hasn't come as a huge shock for many, and a commonly held opinion is 'Ah well, sure if you're willing to eat parts of a … Continue reading A nation of zombies?

Same dangerous drugs, different warnings!

Antidepressant drugs come with different warnings in Ireland and the US. In the US these drugs come with a black-box warning due to the increased risk of dangerous adverse effects, including suicide. In my opinion, the difference between the Irish Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) and the American PIL is criminal. The failure to warn here … Continue reading Same dangerous drugs, different warnings!

Eli Lilly and the Irish Government

I often wondered how involved the Irish Government is with the cesspit that is the pharmaceutical industry. I have never been able to understand why the Irish Government have failed to protect its citizens from the dangers of dubious drugs; drugs that are not illegal but prescribed to innocent people and licensed by the Irish … Continue reading Eli Lilly and the Irish Government

Brainwave, My brother, and a Conflict of Interest.

There was an article yesterday in the 'Irish Times' entitled 'Epilepsy Group Warns On New Drugs' which at first glance is very troubling for Epilepsy sufferers. That may well be the case, but a little research portrays another story; the 'conflict of interest' within the medical profession and an Epilepsy support group. Incidentally, Epilepsy drugs come … Continue reading Brainwave, My brother, and a Conflict of Interest.

Irish reports on GSK’s fraudulent marketing.

Following yesterdays news that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has been fined $3 billion for fraudulently marketing their products, I found the differences in Irish reporting and worldwide reports quite frightening. In the Irish Times and RTE News articles it reported, that among GlaxoSmithKline's wrongdoing, was illegally marketing Paxil to children. OK SO FAR! NO-WHERE in either Article … Continue reading Irish reports on GSK’s fraudulent marketing.

Lundbeck; You’re not such a sport.

An Article in todays Irish Times reported that Boh's sported the Lean on Me logo on their jerseys for Monday night’s match. This follows a partnership that the PFAI(Football) and the IRUPA (Rugby) have formed with the Lean on Me depression awareness campaign. I'm sure they thought this was a positive move following the recent high profile death of … Continue reading Lundbeck; You’re not such a sport.

New guidelines for pharmaceutical companies in Ireland.

New guidelines for pharmaceutical companies in Ireland. Last week the Irish Times reported that there are new guidelines for Irish-based pharmaceutical companies. These new guidelines have set out strict criteria for the promotion of new drugs to health professionals. This should effectively stop the big pharma funding our healthcare professional’s foreign holidays, top sporting events … Continue reading New guidelines for pharmaceutical companies in Ireland.