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Crippen looks at the 'cash for drugs' treatment plan / 11 October 2009

A team of doctors at Queen Mary, University of London, hopes to encourage "difficult" patients to comply with treatment by paying them for every jab of anti-psychotic drugs that they have.

‘Experts’ believe a third of patients given the label of bipolar or schizophrenia fail to comply with their prescribed medication regime causing relapses and a higher cost to the NHS. They claim that missing as few as one to 10 days of oral anti-psychotic therapy nearly doubles the risk of a patient being admitted to hospital.

To avoid this, doctors often prescribe depot treatments - injectible versions of the pills - but this is not fail-safe and patients may simply not turn up for their jabs. Reminder phone calls and texts are also ignored. When all other attempts to achieve adherence have failed, bribery may be an option, according to Professor Stefan Priebe, who led the Queen Mary team.

He expects that not only will patients be happy to trade an injection for cash, but that the "money for medication" scheme should pay for itself, with the financial costs more than off-set by the savings made in reduced hospital admissions.

But mental health charity Mind said people should be taking medication for the health benefits not for the money.  A spokesperson for the charity, Alison Cobb said: "Psychiatric drugs are known to have unpleasant side-effects, and people should take medication because the health benefits outweigh the drawbacks, not because they need the money."

Why do I get the feeling that this is all about money and has nothing to do with the welfare of patients?!

By the way, you can read more about this subject on the blog of the Crimson Crip

Keywords: medication,mental health,psychosis,


Marisha Bonar

12 October 2009

Love your Catoon !!!!!!!!!

Marisha =^.^=

....not too much brain for comment today.Perhaps will drop by for some tranquilisers.....Oooooops, not, hold-on: will get some antidepressants instead, which will get me £15 and if I can convince them-not too hard!!!!!-, will go for some Anti-psychotic The best: a good coktail of them ALL!!!!!!!!!


12 October 2009

Oh I'd definately go for hugs not drugs Pink PJ's :-)

pink pjs

12 October 2009

Psychiatry being about money and not benefit to patients!!! Surely not! Once asked a psychiatrist if he drove around in a BMW with tinted windows... he looked confused, but when I explained that imho he was little more than a drug dealer... he said nothing! Sad thing is even the good ones who are out there and do care have little more to offer people than drugs which could damage them and in extreme cases, (Clozapine), could kill them and on which they become chemically dependent and so hooked for life long after any clinical benefit they might have gained from them. The thing is that when people stop taking these powerful drugs they experience withdrawal which is interpreted as relapse. Maybe what we really need is a drug treatment programme which supports people to come off safely? Interestingly, even some psychs acknowledge that the time it can take to recover from psychosis without drugs is roughly the same as with, but, possibly the drugs make this cheaper as people in chemical straight-jackets may not be seen to require the same intensive human care. Drugs not hugs then?

Brave New World is Calling!

12 October 2009

People have been paid to take medication for many years, i.e. in clinical trials. A poor man's/poor woman's way of making quick and 'easy' money regardless of the affect on their health. Whilst Gordon Brown renaged on his promise to remove prescription charges for those with long term health conditions we now have the situation that 'non-compliant' patients will be paid £15 per injection of anti-psychotic which may mean about £60 per month. Clearly if people are losing their DLA then £15 per injection may help them allievate their poverty a little. And then what happens when 'compliant' patients, rightly so, expect to be paid for their 'compliance' with the health service/medication? 'I've always taken my meds so why should I not get the same amount of money - it's not fair! Why one rule for the non-compliant whilst the compliant lose out on this little added benefit of co-operation?

It's really nuts and therefore the Government and the proposers of this 'initiative' should perhaps think again not that it is up to us to solve their so called economic problem of us crips and nuts!

Brave New World beckons us all! One pill for this, another for that and we'll get paid for taking it AND if that doesn't work then try a little pink potion of assisted suicide - that's a real saving to the Health Service and they may pay us to take it!