Sunday, October 17, 2010 Excerpt:
Anti-depressants manufacturer funds depression-awareness campaign
The Lundbeck-sponsored campaign, which was launched by singers, Johnny Logan and Niamh Kavanagh on 1st October, encourages people to support loved ones who are experiencing depression, as well as encouraging a better understanding of the condition.
Lundbeck’s primary product is Cipramil, the world’s most-prescribed new-generation antidepressant. Cipramil alone accounts for some 82 per cent of the company’s sales.
This pharmaceuticals company has given an unrestricted educational grant to the Lean on Me campaign and it claims mental health organisation, Aware and The European Depression Association (EDA) as its supporters.
“Paul David Klemperer is an economist and professor of Economics at Oxford University. He said: “When groups accept financial support from the pharmaceutical industry and medical device manufacturers this constitutes an increasingly important marketing component for the [pharmaceuticals company].”
A member of the pharmaceuticals industry who wishes to remain unnamed says,
“Once you scratch the surface you would be amazed how many organisations without the necessary resources avail of external resources like pharmaceutical companies. You then feel like you must align yourself with what those companies want. Questions should be asked about this.”
Lundbeck Ireland declined to comment on their funding of the Lean on Me campaign.
Posted by Claire O’Keeffe
Conflict of interest??
Is Ireland being bought by pharmaceutical companies?
1. Drug trials done on children in Irish childrens homes.
2. Lundbeck and Irish psychiatry denying links to suicide/homicide with ssri’s.
3. Off label prescribing of ssri’s for Irish children (under 16’s and including the notorious seroxat)
4. Elan the €3bn-valued Athlone-headquartered company agreed to pay the biggest fine in Irish corporate history, when it coughed up almost €147m as part of an agreement to resolve US criminal and civil investigations into the illegal marketing of an epilepsy drug.
5. Psychiatry Ireland ignores Irish ssri expert Professor David Healy because he dared to speak out about the possible adverse side effects of these drugs.
6. The persecution of the late Dr. Michael Corry for daring to speak out about the side effects of ssri’s inc suicide/homicide.
Lundbeck is an international pharmaceutical company that is deeply committed to improving quality of life (unless you die from their drug of course) for persons who have a disease of the central nervous system (CNS), like depression. Lundbeck sponsors the ‘Lean on Me’ campaign with an unrestricted educational grant.
LET’S NOT FORGET THE E.U. RECOMMENDATIONS..(Which psychiatry Ireland will deny)
Side Effects: Suicide Risk/Suicide Attempts/Suicide, Aggression, Violence, Hostility
Side Effects: Suicide Risk/Suicide Attempts/Suicide
Pharmacovigilance Working Party
For bupropion, citalopram, escitalopram and fluvoxamine there is a trend towards an increased risk of suicidal behaviour with that for citalopram being most marked but does not reach statistical significance for any of these drugs. ( Only DOUBLE that of placebo?)