Simon Tiplady (36), and 3 days on citalopram.

 
 
This is a report of another young man who was prescribed Citalopram 3 days before he died by suicide. His name was Simon Tiplady and he was 36 years old.
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Simon was a keen runner and had previously run the London Marathon for Arthritis Care. He went to his doctor on November 4th and was prescribed Citalopram. He killed himself on November 7th.
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At the inquest into Mr Tiplady’s death on November 7th, his wife Mrs Tiplady said “Simon was a wonderful man who loved his family. He was such a gentle man and liked to do a lot of charity work and fundraising.”
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So how could this man, a partner in a reasonably prosperous business, who by his wife’s account was just a worrier and got somewhat stressed when a job wasn’t going right, get some medication to help, and then kill himself 3 days later? Not exactly a happy pill was it? But hey, lundbeck got paid!
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Was this man or his family informed of the possible suicidal and homicidal side-effects with this drug, particularly upon starting, discontinuing or dosage change with citalopram and all SSRIs? The coroner Paul Kelly recorded a verdict of self-suspension by ligature, after hearing he had been found hanging at a renovated property.
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Lundbeck is a corrupt pharmaceutical company, so no surprises that they manufacture a dangerous drug and down-play the side effects, because of the profit they make. Last year the European Commission launched an investigation into Lundbeck’s dodgy activities. In another instance an e-mail was uncovered written by their vice-president, talking about their prospective acquisition of a drug for premature babies…”we can price these almost anywhere we want given the product profiles.” Lundbeck’s plan? Once they had the rights to the drug, Indocin IV, they would increase the price of each treatment course from $78 to $1,500. Link
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BUT, there are no excuses for the European Medicines Agency, the MHRA and the IMB not investigating Citalopram, when so many people kill themselves and other people on this supposedly anti-depressant.
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I have requested that the Irish Medicines Board (IMB) investigate Citalopram but as yet they are not forthcoming, and until they do, there will be more and more unfortunate, unsuspecting victims!
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Full article in “This is Grimsby” on Monday, April 27, 2009 Link.
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3 thoughts on “Simon Tiplady (36), and 3 days on citalopram.

  1. Very sad to read the story above.

    I too was prescribed Cipramil for Panic Attacks though. Tried twice to get off these tablets as they are making me miserable. And twice had to go back on them because each time i tried to come off them, I got terrible thoughts of self harm and severe sadness and depression. I was never warned about these side effects when coming off them or starting them. I was just told that I would feel more anxious until they kicked in.

    I curse the day I was prescibed these.

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  2. Thank you for raising awareness about the dodgy drug company. This is criminality and they must be held to account for what they surely know is unethical and dangerous practice at the very least. I am very sorry to hear about another suicide to these drugs. When will it end. It is so unfair and unbelievable. Your hard work and dedication is truly admirable Leonie. Bless you for all you do, it is not easy.

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    1. Thanks Campk9.
      Simon’s Citalopram-induced death was in 2009, same year as Shane’s Citalopram-induced death. Sadly, this drug keeps on killing. Brian from AntiDepAware posted an article today of another young man (19 years old) who died after a prescription for Citalopram. It’s happening everyday and yet the regulators are doing nothing. Terrible! http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Birmingham-University-medical-student-Ewan/story-20445746-detail/story.html#axzz2r3arHcN6
      Leonie

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