It is all about the trail of money Bad Pharma by Dr. Ben Goldacre is documents that
the advocacy groups have all been corrupted by pharma, and where figures of available,
half their funding comes from pharma. An
example of this influence to push drugs is the approach to mental illness found
in the DSM-5 and earlier additions.
of Antidepressant Trials
and Its Influence on Apparent Efficacy between 11-69% average
12 anti-depressants involving 12,54 patients, published results compared to FDA
outcomes. “According to the literature
it appears that 94% of the trials conducted were positive. By contrast FDA analysis
showed that 51% were
positive …. studies that
were not positive, in our opinion, were often published in a way that conveyed
a positive outcome.” “The FDA uses raw
data from the submitting drug companies for each study. This makes great sense,
as the FDA statisticians can then compare their analyses to the analyses from
drug companies, in order to make sure that the drug companies were analyzing
their data accurately…. Unlike the FDA, journals are not checking raw data. ”
every single drug approved by the FDA for depression between 1987 and 2004.
Just a few of many tales of data suppression and/or spinning can be found
· Data reported on only 1 of 15 participants in an Abilify study
· Data hidden for about 10 years on a negative Zoloft
for PTSD study
attempts vanishing from a Prozac study
· Long delay in reporting negative results from an Effexor for youth depression study
· Data from Abilify study spun in dizzying fashion. Proverbial lipstick
on a pig.
· A trove of questionable practices involving a key
· Corcept heavily spins its negative antidepressant trial results
It is all about the trail of money Bad Pharma by Dr. Ben Goldacre is documents that the advocacy groups have all been corrupted
by pharma, and where figures of available, half their funding comes from pharma. An
example of this influence to push drugs is the approach to mental illness found in the DSM-5 and earlier additions. Where pharma goes with its tobacco ethics, people are harmed.
petition against DSM-5 revisions
February 10, 2012 | By Tracy Staton
British psychiatrists and psychologists are engaging
target practice with the under-construction DSM-5. The "bible" of
mental illness, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is
under revision, and critics say the changes pathologize normal behavior and
benefit drug companies over patients, The
psychologists have signed a petition against revisions they say classify
some normal, expected behaviors--including bereavement--as mental illnesses and
create questionable new disorders. "The proposals in DSM-5 are likely
to shrink the pool of normality to a puddle with more and more people being
given a diagnosis of mental illness," Til Wykes, professor of clinical
psychology at Kings College London, said, as quoted by The Guardian.
The British Psychological Society has opposed the
changes, The Telegraph says, and
psychiatrists in the U.S.
have also taken issue with some of them. "DSM5 will radically and
recklessly expand the boundaries of psychiatry," Duke University's Allen
Frances said (as quoted by The Telegraph).
"Many millions will receive inaccurate diagnosis and inappropriate
The DSM revisions are important because the
manual not only guides treatment and diagnosis in the U.S., but insurance
coverage as well. Broadening the definitions of disorders treated with
psychotropic drugs stands to increase sales, and some question whether drug
companies have too much influence over the revision process. It's "hard to
avoid the conclusion that DSM-5 will help the interests of the drug
companies," University of Central Lancashire's David Pilgrim said, as
quoted by Reuters.
be defined as a mental illness
Shyness, bereavement and eccentric behaviour
could be classed as a mental illness under new guidelines, leaving millions of
people at risk of being diagnosed as having a psychiatric disorder, experts
Under changes planned to the
diagnosis handbook used by doctors in the US, common behavioral traits are
likely to be listed as a mental illness, it was reported. The fifth edition of
the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of Mental Disorders could also
include internet addiction and gambling as a medical problem. Although the
guidelines are not used in the UK, experts said they feared it would affect
thinking on the subjects.
"We need to be very careful before
further broadening the boundaries of illness and disorder," Simon Wessely,
of the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London, told the Daily Mail.
"Back in 1840 the census of the
United States included just one category for mental disorder. By 1917 the American
recognised 59, rising to 128 in 1959, 227 in 1980, and 347 in the last
revision. Do we really need all these labels?
Probably not. And there is a real danger that shyness will become social
phobia, bookish kids labelled as Asperger's and so on." Peter Kinderman, head
of the Institute of
Psychology at the University of Liverpool, said it was not "humane"
to describe shy or bereaved people as "mentally ill".
The British Psychological Society
opposed the changes to the DSM while psychiatrists in the US have also spoken
out against them. A petition launched to
try to stop the publication of the new edition was backed by 11,000 signatures
from psychologists. There are fears the
new classifications are being driven by drug companies seeking to profit from a
greater number of illnesses while the private health care system in the States
requires a diagnosis recognised by the manual for a patient to be treated as ill.
"DSM5 will radically and
recklessly expand the boundaries of psychiatry. Many millions will receive
inaccurate diagnosis and inappropriate treatment.," said Allen Frances of
Duke University, North Carolina.
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