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In Re: the Matter of an Information Request
Alaska Supreme Court Case No. S-


On June 1, 2016, Dr. Peter G°tzsche of the Nordic Cochrane Center testified in a forced psychiatric drugging proceeding held in Anchorage, Alaska and in connection with that reviewed four forced drugging petitions. Dr. G°tzsche found all four petitions strikingly similar and failed to provide the information required by the Alaska Supreme Court in its Bigley v. Alaska Psychiatric Institute decision. Dr. G°tzsche found this problem similar to his experience in Denmark, and developed a research protocol, "Forced admission and forced treatment in psychiatry: are patients' rights being respected?" (Research Protocol) to compare 30 consecutive involuntary medication cases in Alaska with 30 such cases in Denmark to evaluate if:

  1. The petitions comply with the requirements of Bigley in Alaska and Danish requirements in Denmark.
  2. Information is provided that documents that the patient cannot provide informed consent.
  3. Information about the psychiatric drugs the patient takes or will be forced to take is accurate.
  4. A less intrusive alternative is available.
  5. The combination of drugs the patient takes is safe.
  6. The arguments for using force are reasonable and documented.
  7. The patient's rights have been respected.
  8. There are striking similarities from case to case considering that patients are different.
    Furthermore, the judge's ruling will be noted.

Since these court records are normally confidential, on June 30, 2016, Dr. G°tzsche requested access to them from the presiding judge of the Anchorage, Alaska trial court in order to conduct the Research Protocol.  The Alaska Psychiatric Institute (API) objected and after a year had gone by without the presiding judge ruling, on September 7, 2017, Dr. G°tzsche requested the Alaska Supreme Court grant his request for access to the court records or order the presiding judge to decide within 30 days (after the Alaska Supreme Court rules).  On October 16, 2017, the Alaska Supreme Court simply ordered the trial court to decide whether to grant the request, making a clear record of the parties arguments and the court's reasoning.  The trial court held a status conference on November 1, 2017, to discuss how to proceed.  Audio Recording.

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