lundbeck, Our story.

Don’t forget my son paid for his medication (With his life!)

After a lot of persistance and quite a few phonecalls  I eventually spoke to Claus Braestrup who was the CEO OF Lundbeck Copenhagen until 2008 . I was hoping he would tell me whether he knew about the side effects or were they just burying their heads in the sand.  While he was polite to me and seemed nice enough, he just kept repeating the same sentence (I’m so sorry, I can’t help you). He advised me to contact Lundbeck Ireland which I did and also sent the same e-mail to Lundbeck Canada for good measure.


E- mail below..

dateSun, Aug 8, 2010 at 1:04 PM
Letter from Shane’s parents…

Aug 8  2010
To whom it concerns,
Could someone answer my question?
My name is Leonie Fennell and my sons name was Shane Clancy. He was on celexa for three weeks when he killed himself and another young man.
He was very sad over a break-up with his girlfriend. He didn’t have a violent bone in his body. The jury at Shane’s inquest returned an open verdict (rejecting a suicide verdict).
Lundbeck made this statement on RTE..
Statement – Cipramil (citalopram)

15th April 2010 – In response to inaccuracies stated today at an Inquest held in the Wicklow Coroner’s Court, Lundbeck dispute the evidence given and claims made about Cipramil (citalopram).

It was stated at the Inquest that citalopram may have caused the behaviour and actions of Shane Clancy that resulted in his self-inflicted death, that of xxxx xxxx  and the wounding of two other people.

Extensive scientific studies have shown that there is no evidence linking citalopram to violent behaviour.

There are trials which show that citalopram has the potential to reduce, rather than provoke, irritability, aggression and violent behaviour.  In a trial of patients with schizophrenia, citalopram was shown to reduce aggressiveness in chronically violent patients.  In another trial of elderly patients, it was shown to reduce symptoms of agitation, restlessness and irritability.  In the treatment of patients with depression, significant improvement was reported for irritability and indirect aggression.

The data available on overdose with citalopram also shows no evidence of violent behaviour.   A paper published in 2009 by Hayes et al in the Journal of Emergency Medicine which retrospectively reviewed approximately 370 citalopram patients with overdose reported no aggressive or violent behaviour.

Depression is associated with an increased risk of suicide and this may be particularly evident in the early stages of treatment.   A review of all available data for citalopram (that from clinical trials and that collated after the medicine was made available) shows no increased risk of suicide.

Citalopram has been used in an estimated 130 million patients worldwide.
It  contradicts this statement made in Canada by Lundbeck,

As you can see in the Adult and Pediatrics: Additional data clearly states self harm and harm to others as one of the side effects of these drugs!
So my question is; how can two countries make completely opposite statements about the same drug?
Am I missing something here?

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