Comments and intelligence from this site informs an ongoing (since 1997) Social Audit enquiry into corporate responsibility and accountability in pharmaceutical medicine, with particular reference to drugs for depression and other forms of mental distress. The discussion here connects to the main themes in Medicines out of Control? Posts and comments from antidepressant drug users have provided the stimulus for, and/or backbone of, arguments, submissions, complaints, scientific papers, media ventures, public enquiries into drug safety and effectiveness, and many matters arising.

Anyone can read everything that’s posted, but you must register before you can post to this site – it’s the only way we can keep out volumes of spam. In practice, this simply means that you send us a mail to get a user name and password. If you want to chose either or both, that’s fine -  so you don’t need to identify yourself, nor post an e-mail address If you don't want to be identified, chose a remote name, but please make it it distinctive. It gets confusing and makes it that much harder to follow arguments and threads when several people, all called 'Anon' (or similar), are all trying to emphasise different points.

If you start a new thread a pithy title helps. There are no great limits on message length, but please bear in mind that it's a privilege to be read - both because everyone's so busy, and because there's so much else to read on this and other sites.

This discussion forum is otherwise not moderated - well, only in extremis - and please don't rely on it as a guide to treatment. Effective drug treatment depends on good user-prescriber communication. ADWEB aims to promote that, but it is mainly a policy instrument sharpening tool. Admin (among others) reads and heeds all posts, but they cannot be answered - alas no time, not to mention lack of expertise and the futility of offering general advice when drug experience and response depend so critically on individual circumstances. In the longer term, Admin will be aiming to flag what seem to be the most important and interesting posts, with a view to sorting them effectively, and galvanising appropriate action from the so-called 'competent authorities' et al.