One thing I've learned over the past 8 years of writing this blog is that the system that is supposed to protect us from dangerous drugs is a system that has been infiltrated by pharmaceutical dollars. Be it the FDA, MHRA or any other drug regulatory agency.
I've also learned that the only way one can change how we, as patients, view these psychiatric medications is by opposing the claims of pharmaceutical companies that they actually work and are safe for human consumption.
Be a pain in the ass, the big man doesn't like it. Ask questions, the big man doesn't like it.
I've got a lot of admiration for other folk who have dedicated their lives to getting to the truth about antidepressant type medication, be they human rights movements, professors, journalists, grieving parents or just folk who have the tenacity to never give up in their pursuit for the truth.
Janne Larsson is one such person.
Larsson, who hails from Sweden, has, for many years, been investigating the drug Concerta, an investigation that has now led him to the doors of the British drug regulator, the MHRA.
What we have here is deception of the highest order...a deception that Larsson wishes to make public.
Larsson has wrote to the new chief at the MHRA, Dr Ian Hudson. The question he has put to the former World Safety Officer for SmithKline Beecham is simple...Will the MHRA handle the Concerta scandal by approving Ritalin for adults?
Larsson, after many years of investigation, has kindly copied me in on the email to Hudson. It makes shocking reading.
I am sure Novartis has learned from the failed Concerta submission and that there is a big interest from the officials mentioned above to push through the approval of Ritalin for adults. We can expect that the submitted studies will get a positive assessment this time – no embarrassing questions – and suddenly the concealed and alarming Concerta results can be expected to no longer exist! Janssen will also be saved; no criminal actions will be taken.
But it’s hard to see how the above can fit with the MHRA declaration: “We protect and improve the health of millions of people every day through the effective regulation of medicines and medical devices, underpinned by science and research.”
So Mr Hudson, will the MHRA take part in this dirty game of approving Ritalin, so that we can forget about the Concerta scandal?
Ironically, I received a reply a few hours ago, not from Hudson but from Sarah Morgan, Group Manager, Benefit Risk Management Group, Vigilance and Risk Management of Medicines.
I have to take off my hat to Larsson for pursuing this. I hope he is made of strong stuff, my experience with the MHRA and their limp-wristed buck-passing cahoots has been highlighted on my blog and in my book on many occasions.