Monthly Archives: June 2011

Department of Health Prescription Cost Analysis, England, 2010/11 (29 June 2011)

http://www.ic.nhs.uk/webfiles/publications/007_Primary_Care/Prescribing/ Prescription_Cost_Analysis_England_2010/Prescription_Cost_Analysis_2010.pdf The 2010/11 Department of Health Prescription Cost Analysis figures show increases in numbers of prescriptions for the following tranquillisers: Diazepam up 96,300, lorazepam up 26,300,   clonazepam up 9300,  and zopiclone up 223,800 compared with the previous year. This gives a … Continue reading

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Minutes of AGM on Involuntary Tranquilliser Addiction (28 June 2011)

Present: Michael Connarty MP, Jim Dobbin MP (Chair), Kelvin Hopkins MP, Baroness Masham, David Park, Pat Dobbin, Kathy Gyngel Apologies: Debbie Abrahams MP, Eric Ollerenshaw MP, Earl Sandwich Election of Officers took place. The Chairman gave a report on the … Continue reading

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Parliamentary Question by Jim Dobbin MP (28 June 2011)

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm110628/text/ 110628w0006.htm#1106295001602 28 Jun 2011 : Column 780W Jim Dobbin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the public purse was of the reviews on addiction to prescribed drugs and over-the-counter medicines conducted by the … Continue reading

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House of Lords short debate – Drugs: Prescribed Drug Addiction and Withdrawal, Asked By The Earl of Sandwich (23 June 2011)

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201011/ldhansrd/text/110623-0001.htm Drugs: Prescribed Drug Addiction and Withdrawal Question 11.21am    Asked By The Earl of Sandwich To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose following the latest two reports from the National Addiction Centre and National Treatment Agency on … Continue reading

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Centre for Policy Studies Article on Prescribed Benzo Addiction

Dear Dr Gerada, Mr Hunt and Dr Heath, Kathy Gyngell’s article on the Centre for Policy Studies website (link below) fully supports our position on this and Barry Haslam is correct in stating that the RCGP are one of the … Continue reading

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Email from John Perrott to Simon Ashmore, Head of Communications, Royal College of General Practitioners (09 June 2011)

To Simon Ashmore, Head of Communications, Linda Harris, Head Substance Misuse Unit Dear Simon, I emailed you on the 12th May expressing concerns that no progress had been made on the actions you and Linda promised at our meeting at … Continue reading

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Email from John Perrott to the Head of the Freedom of Information Team, Department of Health (09 June 2011)

Dear Sir/Madam, Thank you for your response to my request for the figure redacted from the DoH briefing provided to Gillian Merron for her visit to Oldham Tranx on 21st September 2009. Your response gave me the information requested but … Continue reading

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Email from Deepa Shah, Freedom of Information Team, Department of Health to John Perrott (08 June 2011)

Dear Mr Perrott Thank you for your email of 11 May to the Department of Health requesting under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, the following information: My recent FOI request for a redaction of “the scale of the problem” … Continue reading

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Professor Ashton’s comments on the NAC/NAT reports forwarded by Jim Dobbin MP to the Prime Minister and the Health Secretary for their response

Comments on reports from the National Addiction Centre (NAC) and the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) (These comments apply to prescribed benzodiazepine users who do not misuse/abuse illegal drugs) The Ministerial Statement from the Department of Health, issued … Continue reading

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Email from John Perrott to Dr June Raine, Vigilance & Risk Management of Medicines, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (06 June 2011)

Dear Dr Raine, Thank you for your email and letter of 2nd June 2011 relating to the Ativan data sheets and my assertion that Wyeth withheld information from the UK data sheets. You state that you are unable to investigate unless you … Continue reading

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