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  • Psychiatric drug studies exaggerate benefits of these drugs by study design says Peter Gotzsche, MD

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    Tuesday, August 02, 2016 8:33 am Email this article

    “The randomised trials [of psychiatric drugs] that have been conducted do not properly evaluate the drugs’ effects,” writes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.
        “Almost all of them are biased because they included patients already taking another psychiatric drug.
        “Patients, who after a short wash-out period are randomised to placebo, go “cold turkey” and often experience withdrawal symptoms.
        “This design exaggerates the benefits of treatment and increases the harms in the placebo group, and it has driven patients taking placebo to suicide in trials in schizophrenia.

    [This creates the illusion of adverse effects in the placebo group because people in the placebo group are experiencing drug withdrawal from being taken off of their previous psychiatric drug, which then makes the drug group look better relative to the placebo group, and the drug companies can claim that the drug group did better than placebo, and can claim there was no difference in numbers of adverse events between the two groups, which is an illusion because of the way the study was designed.]


    About Dr. Gøtzsche

    Dr. Gøtzsche is the author of several wonderful books including Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial in which he talks about the problems with psychiatric drugs.

    He is also author of the wonderful book Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare.

    Dr. Gøtzsche also cofounded the Cochrane Collaboration in 1993, which is a group of scientists around the world who analyze data to try and figure out the truth about drugs and other health topics.

    My mother suffered tragically from psychiatric drugs

    My mother suffered tragically from psychiatric drugs and died 5-10 years prematurely because of these drugs, so this topic is of great interest to me.


    Gotzsche PC, Young AH, and Crace J. Does long term use of psychiatric drugs cause more harm than good? BMJ, 2015 May 12; 350: h2435.

    The paper is available for free here.

    Author’s Contact Info

    Peter C. Gøtzsche, MD
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    Alan H. Young, MD
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