Depression Alliance – still peddling big pharma lies?

So, then – it’s April 2010 but I can still read things like this on the internet:

“Antidepressants work by normalising the activity levels of brain chemicals which affect our mood. Current medical advice is that antidepressants are not addictive”.

“Most side effects from antidepressant drugs usually cease after about three weeks”.

“Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
Introduced in the 1980s, SSRIs are the other major type of antidepressant. They tend to cause less side effects, and are less sedative than other types. Many patients find SSRIs easier to take than other types of antidepressant”.

The above was taken from the website of Depression Alliance – a UK Charity that is supposed to help people with depression and provide up to date advice and impartial information. Any mention of withdrawal problems? No.

How can a specialist charity be so out of step with the truth? Maybe it’s because the Chair of Depression Alliance is Alison Lawrence – who is also managing director of Forethought Consulting, a healthcare public affairs agency, working with a wide range of clients from the private and public sector for the UK and Europe. Prior to this Alison gained extensive corporate experience working in the pharmaceutical industry in the UK.

Forethought Consulting’s client list? Here goes:
GSK
Boehringer Ingelheim
Sanofi Pasteur MSD
UK Vaccine Industry Group (UVIG)
Wyeth
Diabetes UK
National Autistic Society
ABPI

Conflicts of interest? Poor advice on SSRIs? Stupid lies about the way antidepressants work …normalising the activity levels of brain chemicals? You might think so, I couldn’t possibly comment.

Contrast Depression Alliance’s ‘advice’ with what MIND says about Seroxat. Or maybe what MIND says about SSRI withdrawal.

Now read more about Depression Alliance’s history:

Depression Alliance – clumsy conflicts of interest once again?

What a tangled web we weave…

National Depression week 2005…

Depression Alliance…

Yet more on Cymbalta marketing…

I’m looking forward to the major new report that will be released to coincide with Depression Alliance’s depression awareness Week (18th – 24th April 2010) – but I can’t help wondering if it will be just another part of some drug company’s latest marketing push.

3 Responses to “Depression Alliance – still peddling big pharma lies?”

  1. truthman30 Says:

    These groups, like depression alliance are just fronts for pharmaceutical companies, as is evident by your good research there admin.. I suppose if even a few people are awakened to this scam from this information then that’s a good thing.. How these people live with themselves, i’ll never know.. Talk about devoid of conscience.. Bloody sociopaths the lot of them..

  2. petertan Says:

    The explanations by drug company how AD works is a true lie. They are not sure how it works. As a user, you know that they kill certain parts of your brain thus your emotions and feelings including your libido. Secondly, it alter your brain permanently, thus you get side effects which never recover like tinnitus. Worse, it does not remove depression symptoms which it is supposed to cure.

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