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Another poor victim and still Professor Dinan is in denial?

The Irish Times – Friday, May 6, 2011

Dead man’s sister calls for more research before prescribing


THE FAMILY of a 52-year-old man who died suddenly shortly after he began taking antidepressants has called on doctors to conduct more research into the medication they prescribe.

Nicholas Maguire, an interior architect from Lindville, Blackrock, Cork, was under stress he attributed to business worries, a resumed inquest into his death heard yesterday.

Three weeks after he began taking a combination of anti-anxiety and antidepressant drugs, Mr Maguire died suddenly after he initially decided to take his own life, then changed his mind, but it was too late, the inquest was told.

He was found dead outside his mother’s house at Rockville, Blackrock, Cork, on June 26th, 2010.

Described as a calm, cheerful, mild-mannered man, family members claimed Mr Maguire’s behaviour changed profoundly once he started taking the medication.

“I’ve done a lot of research on these tablets and I think doctors in Ireland should do more research on the tablets they are giving to people,” the deceased’s sister told the court.

A brother of the deceased said Mr Maguire had phoned him in the days leading up to his death, telling him the tablets were driving him mad and giving him nightmares.

At Cork City Coroner’s Court yesterday, coroner Frank O’Connell returned an open verdict into Mr Maguire’s death.

Mr Maguire’s GP, Dr Orla Batt, prescribed a combination of anti-anxiety drug Alprazolam (trade name Xanax) and the antidepressant Sertraline (trading under Zoloft or Lustral) after he presented with anxiety, sleeplessness, weight loss and depression on June 8th, 2010.

He had no history of self harm and no psychiatric history. His problem was anxiety, Dr Batt told the court. She said she did not feel he was at serious risk of suicide and that his stress was caused primarily by his business worries.

Research is not my area but I’m not aware of any problems with these medications,” Dr Batt said.???? One word..Google! You were his doctor for Gods sake, you should have known!

Professor of psychiatry at Cork University Hospital Ted Dinan said Alprazolam and Sertraline was a “reasonably sensible” combination of medication to prescribe and was frequently used in the treatment of depression.

He said he was not aware of any convincing evidence linking Sertraline to suicidal behaviour.


That is a blatent lie Professor Dinan! Is this man dead because of your archaic denials that ssri’s can cause suicide? How many more?

1, Have you forgotten you took an action against Dr.Micheal Corry because he stated his concerns about the role of SSRI antidepressants and what happened with my son? Link

2. There is only one Irish expert in this field and it is Professor David Healy. Instead of learning something from him at Shane’s inquest, Psychiatry Ireland had this to say about him in the Irish Medical Times… “We address the inquest here simply to respond to the sworn expert evidence, which was, in our view, speculative”… Link

Or maybe you just never got around to reading the “Update on suicidal thoughts and behaviour” in the Irish Medical Times” … Link

Maybe Mr.Dinan (and psychiatry Ireland), you should do a bit more research

 1.  ‘Antidepressants and Violence: Problems at the Interface of Medicine and Law’  (David Healy*, Andrew Herxheimer, David B. Menkes)   Link

2.  Suicidality, violence and mania caused by selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs): A review and analysis  (Peter Breggin)              Link 

Sertraline/zoloft, Woody’s storyLink

Professor Tim Dinan has received research donations for acting as a speaker, consultant and organizing educational events for Eli Lilly and Pfizer (The makers of Sertraline/Zoloft) and don’t forget Honoraria from lundbeck (cipramil manufacturers). Still an advisory member for the Irish Medicines Board Tim? Never read the info from the IMB Tim?…Link.

 Conflict of interest…anyone?

Update 26/02/2012…Zoloft Leeds Trial, Professor David Healy.

3 thoughts on “Another poor victim and still Professor Dinan is in denial?”

  1. It’s the same old dance by psychiatry and pharma around the word cause. A drug cannot be approved by the FDA if there is an association between it and a potentially fatal adverse side-effect. To say that a cause cannot be proven is sophistry. In a clinical double-blind trial with a placebo as a control all SSRIs are shown to produce suicidal thoughts at a significantly higher rate than placebo. That is scientific proof of cause and effect.
    Meanwhile the death rate on these drugs increases.


  2. I spent 6 months in the ‘care’ of Professor Dinan, and he just pumped my body with drug after drug!!! He made me feel worse than when I originally met him!! Now, 12 months later, and after withdrawing from many medications he prescribed me, I am beginning to settle a bit!! He did get me addicted to Xanax, and prescribed me at one point 12′ 0.25 mg tablets A DAY!!!!!


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