The 24th biennial congress was held in Killarney in Aug/Sept 2007. It was hosted by the ‘Irish Association of suicidology’ whose patron is the president of Ireland, Mary McAleese. The title was “Preventing suicide across the lifespan; Dreams and Realities”.
Members of the organising comittee included Dr Justin Brophy (who along with Patricia Casey has denied a link to antidepressant use and suicide or homicide), and Prof Kevin Malone co-founder of the 3t’s (turn the tide of suicide) who is one of the 8 professors who wrote to the Irish times criticising Dr.Micheal Corry for his public exposure of the dangers of antidepressants. Dr John Connolly was the congress president who has lectured before (along with Prof Casey) about suicide at another seminar in Dublin and which was surprise,surprise, sponsored by lundbeck. Link
Among the sponsors of this seminar were the pharmaceutical companies lundbeck and Roche. Now you will have to pardon my ignorance once again, being a humble hairdresser, but was Roche not the manufacturers of roaccutane, an acne medication known to cause suicide in some people and currently in the midst of an on-going investigation initiated by an Irish man? Link
Accutane side effects can be so severe that in 2004 the FDA named Accutane one of the 5 most dangerous prescription drugs available…Link
Roche pharmaceuticals has previously pleaded guilty for perpetrating worldwide corruption and fraud and fined $500 million for these crimes…Link
Is lundbeck not the same manufacturers of cipramil and have they not already acknowledged reports of self harm/harm to others (AKA suicide/homicide) associated with their drug? I would have thought that if any of these people were truly interested in getting to the bottom of suicide and the reasons behind it, they would surely want an investigation into this medication that countless people are blaming for causing suicide and violence, and which medical experts have already said causes both!
An antitrust investigation was launched last year against lundbeck by the European Commission; the company has been fined, inter alia, for breaching marketing rules, and is currently refusing to stop the U.S. from using their drug Pentobarbitol for executions…Link
Strange bedfellows? Surely these people are not the type of people that the President should allow herself to be associated with, no matter how many jobs they generate or how much money they can bring into the country? I wrote to Mary McAleese last year (and again last week) asking for her help with an investigation into these drugs. She replied that she was “prevented from intervening in matters which are the responsibility of the government”. What about an intervention from someone who is the patron of “the Irish Association of suicidology” then??
I’m not having a go at the president, who by all accounts is a lovely woman and doing a fantastic job but something needs to be done in this country, the blinkers need to come off and these pharmaceuticals companies need to be brought to task, just like Barack Obama is doing with Forest Labs in America (and incidentally, for wrong doing with celexa/cipramil)!