Our aim and what we do
APRIL is a UK charity seeking to create awareness that many common medicines and anaesthetics can induce psychiatric adverse drug reactions (ADRs) and withdrawal symptoms, including depression, anxiety, insomnia, agitation, self-harm, suicidal thoughts and actions, or violence towards others.
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 patient information and the promotion of patient reporting of ADRs to the regulators.
Please read APRIL's blog: http://aprilcharity.blogspot.com/
and follow APRIL on Twitter https://twitter.com/april_charity
Listen to Millie Kieve, APRIL's founder, in the following BBC Essex radio broadcast with psychologist Martin Seager and presenter Dave Monk:
Black Triangle drugs, which are under close surveillance by the EMA & MHRA medicines regulators for any side-effects, are issues discussed which are as relevant today as back in 2008 when the programme was recorded. Dianette and Champix are designated Black Triangle drugs.
For more audio and video about psychiatric adverse drug reactions (ADRs) to medicines and anaesthetics, and personal stories of bereaved parents and victims of ADRs go direct to: http://vimeo.com/user1816628/videos
IMPORTANT NOTICE - APRIL 2014
DIANETTE - OFFICIAL WARNING OF SUICIDE RISK ADDED RECENTLY
Click for further information and Dianette links to depression.
- APRIL uses information from academics, doctors and patients about psychiatric adverse drug reactions (ADRs) to promote awareness about the risks of certain medications.
- We campaign for truthful information about all known possible adverse side effects on patient leaflets and transparency of all clinical trials' data.
- We hold meetings and conferences and give talks to medical professionals to create awareness of patient experiences and the extent of suffering in the community due to ADRs.
- APRIL campaigns for the inclusion of ADR risks and compulsory pharmacology modules in medical schools.
- We base our campaigns on evidence from academic studies, and listen to patients who have suffered psychiatric ADRs from prescribed medicines or anaesthetic drugs used during or following surgery.
Key Facts about ADRs
- Adverse drug reactions cost the NHS an estimated £2 billion annually.
- Over 100 psychiatric and non-psychiatric drugs linked to depression and suicide in new report.
- Majority of medical students do not feel confidently trained in safe prescribing when qualified
- Less than 10% of adverse drug reactions are believed to be reported.
Advice for patients
If you are worried that medication is having an adverse effect in anyway, immediately seek professional medical help, or speak to a pharmacist.
When taking any prescribed medication, always read the Patient Information Leaflet that should be provided, and keep it for reference.
Please report any adverse side effects you believe are occurring on Yellow Card Reports here.
Some medicines should not be stopped suddenly as withdrawal symptoms can occur.
Click here for more information and a list of medicines designated BLACK TRIANGLE drugs which are subject to intensive additional monitoring.