RxISK Newsletter re Samizdat Launch

March, 3, 2020 | 6 Comments


  1. Patrick D Hahn says

    March 3, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    Samizdat Health Writer’s Co-operative Inc.

    After rising steadily for the past several centuries, life expectancy in the Western world has stalled, and in the United States, is actually falling. This is big news — as big as global warming.

    David Healy, a Professor of Psychiatry at Bangor University, traces this decline to the transition from health care to health services, which is based on guidelines which in turn are based on data manufactured and controlled by the drugmakers, and which are centered on treating risk factors rather than actual human beings. As a result, polypharmacy has become the norm, and the potential for adverse drug reactions has risen exponentially.

    As a corrective, Dr. Healy offers a modest proposal: until the drugmakers make all of their data public, we all refrain from taking any drug introduced after 1990. Since almost none of these drugs have been shown to save lives, abstaining from them isn’t much of a sacrifice – and seems like a good first step towards restoring sanity to a profession which seems to have all but forgotten the maxim

    Primum Non Nocere.

    Publications include :

    Christopher Lane Professor Author Blogger

    The Paxil Papers

    In the BBC Panorama segments below, which aired in Britain on October 3, 2004, David Healy says we may come to see GSK’s masking of data about these withdrawal symptoms as “one of the biggest medical scandals ever.” Senior pharmaceutical regulators in the UK acknowledge they were “disgusted” and “horrified” by the deliberate withholding of information. The President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Dr. Mike Shooter, argues that the deception “has serious implications for the whole of psychiatry; it has serious implications for the whole of medicine.” An investigative body in Britain met to consider whether to indict the drug maker on criminal charges.


    The FDA awarded the license in March 1999, just a few months after the fact file circulated.


      Bracing and synoptic hand bill for our times.

      Reviewed in the United States on March 14, 2020

      Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase

      This short work is a career statement for one of our most prescient observers of the industrialization of healthcare. Healy has always been one step ahead of the conversation on how we became enmeshed in diagnoses, here he tackles the as of yet unaddressed handing over of medical practice to enslavement to evidence as determined by industry-mediated, side effect hiding RCT’s.


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    In the absence of help from public authorities, the residents of one of Brazil’s largest slums are mobilising themselves to contain the spread of covid-19, writes Rodrigo de Oliveira Andrade

    Like many people around the world just now, those living in the São Paulo neighbourhood of Paraisópolis are terrified of covid-19. But, with a national president in denial of the pandemic and authorities that would rather forget that the slums even exist, these residents couldn’t wait for help. So, in March 2020, together with a non-profit organisation, they decided to help themselves.

    They hired a private medical service with three ambulances equipped with an intensive care unit, as well as two doctors, two nurses, drivers, and first aid workers. The medical team takes turns on 24 hour shifts to attend to people with suspected coronavirus infection, to help stop the spread.

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