‘Suicidal drug’ fears of coroner
Last updated at 12:51, Saturday, 15 March 2008
ONE of Cumbria’s coroners is to contact drug authorities because he fears people are killing themselves after taking antidepressants.
Ian Smith is to write to the Committee on the Safety of Medicines – an independent advisory body – following the inquest into the death of Nigel Woodburn.
Mr Woodburn drove into a tree just four days after being prescribed controversial antidepressants.
The retired bank manager, of Bardsea Green, south Cumbria, was killed at the wheel of his car on June 16, minutes after confessing to his wife he’d had suicidal thoughts. He had been prescribed Citalopram after becoming depressed through ill health.
His heart-broken family said they were not aware of the suicide risks associated with antidepressants until the issue was highlighted at Mr Woodburn’s inquest this week.
Mr Smith told the inquest he knew of several other suspected suicides involving the same group of antidepressants, known as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
He said: “I have to say this is probably the fifth, if not sixth inquest I’ve heard within a period of three years when somebody either just going on to Citalopram or Seroxat, or coming off it, have killed themselves one way or another, totally out of the blue, totally without expectation, without a history of suicidal thoughts in the past.”Mr Smith returned a narrative verdict that Mr Woodburn died in a road vehicle collision.
First published at 09:13, Saturday, 15 March 2008
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