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”Trust me, I’m a doctor”

By Prof. Peter C. Gøtzsche, June 16, 2019. “Trust me, I’m a doctor” — One of my colleagues once turned up at a scientific meeting with a badge she had produced with this message. We were a group of people championing the new movement of evidence-based medicine where we make decisions about health care based…

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The epidemic of psychiatric drug usage – taper off the pills

We have written this article for those of you who feel you have been prescribed psychiatric drugs on a dubious basis for a shorter or longer period of time and fear that you are stuck and risk lifelong treatment; perhaps even with many drugs at the same time and with the feeling that none of…

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Chemotherapy for cancer? Surprisingly, for most cancers, it should be avoided

The most important issue in having cancer is knowing when to say no to chemotherapy. The five pages below explains why it is prudent to decline chemotherapy for cancer most of the time it is offered. Erratum added 10 Dec 2019: ” The argument was that 5-year survival for breast cancer had risen from 12%…

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Forced drugging with antipsychotics is against the law: decision in Norway

In Norway, the Ombudsman concluded in December 2018, with reference to the Psychiatry Act, that it violated the law to use forced treatment with an antipsychotic in a concrete case. According to Norwegian law, forced drugging can only be used when, with “high probability, it can lead to recovery or significant improvement in the patient’s…

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Cochrane authors on drug industry payroll should not be allowed, abstract

Cochrane reviews should be conducted by people that do not have financial conflicts of interest. Allowing almost half of the authors to receive financial support from the company whose product is being reviewed does not boost people’s confidence in Cochrane’s motto, “trusted evidence.” The Cochrane review of the HPV vaccines from May 2018 is illustrative.

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Complaint to the European Ombudsman

The Nordic Cochrane Centre’s complaint to the European Ombudsman over the European Medicines Agency’s maladministration related to its assessment of the possible serious harms of the HPV vaccines. Below is an overview of the most important correspondence. 2 November 2017 Our assessment of the European Ombudsman’s decision 16 October 2017 European Ombudsman’s decision 13 July…

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Antidepressant drugs do not work for depression and increase the risk of suicide

Finnish psychiatry professor Erkki Isometsä argues in Helsingin Sanomat (10 March) that antidepressant drug have clear benefits and that I ignore evidence to the contrary. I do not. I have gone carefully through a vast body of research, which includes unpublished data Isometsä has never seen because we got the study reports from the European…

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