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Conferences & Meetings of other organisations

Update re ADR (Adverse Drug Reactions) Meetings

APRIL will no longer present groundbreaking conferences - 

our three conferences can be accessed by clicking on this heading below:


We made waves at the 2019 Festival in Edinburgh at the Ed/Fringe 'Spoken Word' event.

Articles in National Press and interview links are included if you click the link below.

 The story "Cruise to Hell" was narrated by the founder of APRIL, Millie Kieve.


Events by other organisations


UK 2016

Council for Evidence Based Psychiatry CEP With Robert Whitaker and Professor John Abraham

Videos from the CEP conference 2016

With Robert Whitaker about ADHD and Professor John Abraham talking about Misadventures of Pharmaceutical Regulation

including Elixir sulfanilamide was a sulfonamide antibiotic that caused over 100 deaths in the United States in 1937.   


Paris January 2014

Prescrire conference at which Millie Kieve presented a talk

for pharmacists and doctors at the meeting of Préscrire Therapeutics Journal

Millie Kieve was invited to present a talk at the meeting of French therapeutics journal Prescrire, in Paris.

This talk was entitled 'Listening to victim's voices' and published with additional information in both the Prescrire French and English editions of the journal.

English version Listening to victim's voices pdf

French version Écouter les voix des victimes pdf


London 27 September 2012

Royal Society of Medicine

Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, LONDON, W1G 0AE

Drugs can be dangerous: Are your patients safe?

No record of this meeting seems to be recorded on the RSM web site.

An interesting comment from an audience member recalled, was from a nurse who said:

A mistake by a nurse, when a patient was given the wrong medication, should have been recorded. The person responsible commented instead of recording this, they would ask the prescribing doctor to prescribe this wrong medicine, so the records would not show up the error.

December 2011

Meeting at Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Clinic in Bradford December 2011

Link to transcript of talk by Professor Heather Ashton


26th November 2011

Relieving Emotional Distress: What's wrong? What's needed?

Keynote speaker  Robert Whitaker

 Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1

about the speakersabout the conference

Yellow Card Patient Reporting Evaluation Report launch conference : Following evaluation of patient reporting, the  conference was held in London June 24 2011 - at which APRIL organised 'Patient Experience' section and did a poster presentation about Dianette and depression and how we increased patient reporting using the MHRA Yellow Card system. Click her for review on Nottingham University web site.

   Adverse Drug Reactions: Is the patient voice loud enough?

The conference was organised by with patient experience section presented by APRIL - Millie Kieve introduced two volunteer patients who shared their ADR experiences due to Fluoroquinolone antibiotic, Ciprofloxacin and corticosteroids. We also showed the video of Jon Medland speaking about his medical student son's suicide after taking  Roaccutane

The above Conference, followed the Evaluation by 5 universities of:Patient Yellow Card ADR reporting- published 18 May 2011 by NIHR Health Technology Assessment Prog.

The conference afforded an opportunity to discuss importance of patient voice in reporting Adverse Drug Reactions, and medicines withdrawal problems - and the failings in medical education that has led to shocking statistics from 10 years of official statistics to 2010 (as published by the Royal Society of Medicine)




supported by the WHO and Dutch Health Authorities

A conference in Amsterdam October 2010 is now online followed concern over the promotion of disease to sell drugs

The talks linked to the following url included one by Meindert Boyson of National Institute for Clinical Excellence.

Millie Kieve asked if NICE could put Benzo and SSRI withdrawal protocols on the NICE web site. (question is at 1.11.22 into the video)

 She was told this should be possible and hopes it will happen as in the UK there is no NHS support offered to people addicted to prescribed medicines.

Many of the talks are enlightning and the DSM is discussed by a contributor to DSM 1V



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