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Adverse Psychiatric Reactions Information Link - APRIL

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APRIL is a UK charity seeking to create awareness that many common, everyday medicines as well as drugs used for  anaesthetics and pain relief, can induce psychiatric adverse drug reactions (ADRs), including dependence and severe withdrawal symptoms. Side-effects may include depression, anxiety, insomnia, agitation, self-harm, suicidal thoughts and actions, or violence towards others.

Sadly treatment for a physical problem, for people with no previous history of mental illness, can lead to a downward spiral into the mental health system, if the iatrogenic (treatment induced) symptoms are not recognised as an adverse side-effect.

APRIL charity gives a voice to patients and those bereaved due to ADRs or severe  withdrawal effects. We have enabled sufferers of iatrogenic (treatment induced) illness, to share their experiences with the medical profession at meetings, conferences and via audio and video recordings.

APRIL has influenced changes in medical education, patient information and the promotion of patient reporting of ADRs to the regulators.


 

APRIL is a small charity driven by the founder and helped by a team of faithful trustees and volunteers. We have influenced the major professional bodies to be more open about harms and not just the benefits of pharmaceuticals, including the drugs used for anaesthesia and pain relief.
We have promoted and instigated changes in medical education, the quality of information provided and the reporting of adverse effects by patients.

The book in the picture above, 'Don't Tell the Patient' by Professor Bill Inman, explains how he set up the Yellow Card system for reporting adverse drug reactions (ADRs). Meeting this great doctor who was devoted to improving patient safety,  influenced efforts by the founder of APRIL, Millie Kieve, to promote acceptance of patient reports of ADRs by the regulator. This took persuasion over many years. 
Many doctors, sadly were unused to hearing and believing the experiences patients had suffered.

Our conferences were outstanding for the bringing together the public with doctors and professors of International standing, who truly care about well being of people in the care of the health services. Please review our website for more information.

Charity No: 1072305

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