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APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence Press Release: New NICE guidance to tackle prescribed drug dependence fails to listen to patient evidence

 For immediate release 20 April 2022 The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has today published new guidelines which are intended to support the safe prescribing and withdrawal of medicines that can cause dependence, including antidepressants, opioids, gabapentinoids and benzodiazepines.There are several positive changes in this new guidance, including the need for doctors […]

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Response to NICE regarding the draft Safe Prescribing and Withdrawal Guideline

APPG Chair Danny Kruger MP, and co-chair Lord Crisp have written to Dr Paul Chrisp, Director of the Centre for Guidelines in response to the draft Safe Prescribing and Withdrawal Guideline. They express concerns that the withdrawal management sections of the draft guideline do not currently provide the basic information about tapering to enable patients to […]

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New research shows £500m wasted each year in England on dependency-forming medicines

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence released new research on the 19th October which estimates that around half a billion pounds of taxpayers’ money is wasted each year in England on medicines that can cause dependency, including antidepressants, painkillers and sleeping pills. This research follows the publication in 2019 of Public Health England’s Prescribed Medicines Review, which […]

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APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence reforms for the 2019 parliament

The APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence has now been reformed for the 2019 parliament with Danny Kruger MP as chair, Lord Crisp as co-chair, and the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry (CEP-UK) providing the secretariat. Minutes of the inaugural meeting are available under the ‘minutes’ tab. The group will continue to focus on recognising, addressing and […]

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APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence welcomes groundbreaking report by Public Health England on prescribed drug dependence and withdrawal 

PRESS RELEASE For immediate release 10 September 2019 APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence welcomes groundbreaking report by Public Health England on prescribed drug dependence and withdrawal  The All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence (APPG-PDD) today welcomes the publication of a report by Public Health England which recognises for the first time the scale […]

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Many doctors may be failing to warn patients about the risks of antidepressants, new APPG research suggests

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence today publishes two new pieces of research which indicate that many doctors and psychiatrists may be failing to warn patients about the potential risks of antidepressants, and subsequently fail to recognise withdrawal symptoms.  Furthermore, sources of NHS support for patients, such as NHS 111, were found […]

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Millions at risk from antidepressant withdrawal, new review concludes

The Journal of Addictive Behaviors has today published a new systematic review which shows that antidepressant withdrawal is much more widespread, severe and long-lasting than indicated by current guidelines, with millions of antidepressant users in the U.K. potentially affected. ‘A Systematic Review into the Incidence, Severity and Duration of Antidepressant Withdrawal Effects: Are Guidelines Evidence-Based?’ was undertaken by Dr James Davies, […]

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