Citizens Commission on Human Rights

The Mental Health Watchdog

Australian National Office

Call for better consumer warnings

By Sheshtyn Paola, Australian Journal of Pharmacy, 30 June 2021

A WA Member of Parliament has called for stronger consumer warnings after the death of a 22 year old who was taking multiple psychiatric drugs. He was not warned of the potentially deadly risks at time of prescribing with devastating results. A recent Federal Mental Health Inquiry conducted by the Productivity Commission recommended that “The Australian Government should require that all mental health prescriptions include a clear and prominent statement saying that clinicians should have discussed possible side effects and proposed evidence-based alternatives to medication, prior to prescribing”. This was recommended to “Start now” by the Productivity Commission but it has not started. Read the full article here:

Read the full article here: https://ajp.com.au/news/call-for-better-consumer-warnings/