The University of British Columbia in Vancouver hosts The Therapeutics Initiative an independent group who evaluate all medicines for effectiveness, harms and value in a regular series of Drugs Bulletins dealing with new drugs or emerging problems with older drugs.
They were set up in 1994 just when evaluations of this type and Drugs Bulletins were falling out of favour. When we were only going to be allowed Good News about drugs in Guidelines with major medical journals increasingly scared to publish about the harms. We would all be in trouble without T.I. who do the world a favour not just people in British Columbia.
Alan Cassels, who will be known to many as the author of Selling Sickness, Seeking Sickness and many other ahead of their time books is a key member of the T.I. group producing many of the Drugs Bulletins. Alan became aware of Post SSRI Sexual Dysfunction (PSSD) and related sexual problems through the efforts and bravery of Canadian sufferers like Emily Gray, who has helped set up a network of Canadian PSSD sufferers, whose efforts helped prompt Health Canada to recognize the condition.
On the back of this, Alan invited me to talk at one of the regular educational sessions T.I. run. The talk happened on February 10th and the video will be on the T.I. site imminently.
It is also here and on the Shipwreck of the Singular site
Sex and Evidence Based Medicine.
The Text for the talk that contains a little bit more than appeared in the lecture is here – Life is a Bidet Old Chum.
The Talk Slides are here – Evidence Based Medicine Shipwrecked.
Sex and Evidence Based Medicine is an element of the broader Shipwreck of the Singular argument, which is that Evidence Based Medicine is leading us astray.
It would be great if any readers having listened to the lecture can disseminate the material as far and wide as possible. Better again, disseminate everything and then listen.