Antidepressants are much bigger business than accreditation. It seems they too have paradoxical effects. In this case, many links to murders and suicides. They are almost as necessary as guns to perform a massacre. SSRIstories.com lists a lot of cases. They’re not the only drugs with this association. The absence of data on psychoactive drugs is also spelled out here.
SSRIstories.com links to Dr David Healy’s site Data Based Medicine which highlights the need for more safety and efficacy data for widely-prescribed pharmaceuticals. Just like accreditation, data are missing. This is both important and surprising because adverse drug events are a major cause of death.
We need similar reports of the adverse effects of accreditation – there is no Yellow Card scheme for the inspection cartel. Why a shortage of red tape for the inspectors?
Can accreditation have the potential to do good but never harm?