O.k so tell me, what is the Irish president doing associating herself with Lundbeck again? All I have left of my gorgeous handsome son because he tried 17 days on Lundbecks Cipramil, is two vials of his blood sitting in my freezer ready for gene testing.
I have written about our Irish President before because she is the patron of the “Irish association of suicidalology” and this organisation, which is supposed to be looking for answers as to why people committ suicide, see no problem in allowing two pharmaceutical companies whose drugs are well known to cause some people to become suicidal, to sponsor their Kerry conference. Link.
I wouldn’t care if she was Barack Obama himself, in my opinion she is wrong to allow herself to be associated with a dubious pharmaceutical company that manufacture medication with known risks to suicidality and homicidality. Despite a lenghty list of warnings in the U.S, this company (and all other manufacturers of ssri’s) have failed in their duty to warn the Irish public, which have led to some very tragic and devastating incidences in this country.
Did I already say that Lundbeck test adult medication on children as young as 7? What about the fact that they say it’s up to the doctor (not Lundbeck) to warn pregnant women that their drugs can harm unborn babies? Or the fact that they have sent a letter to the Canadian Healthcare professionals (but deny it in Ireland) warning of reports of self harm and harm to others, suicide/homicide with Citalopram, otherwise known as Cipramil or Celexa in the U.S?
The latest conflict…
President McAleese will open this CARDI (Centre For Aging Research and Development In Ireland) conference on 2/3 Nov. 2011 at Croke Park Dublin which is sponsored by Lundbeck, The Health Research Board and the Public Health Agency Northern Ireland. Among other subjects relating to older people, there will be a special panel discussing “Global Ageing meets Dementia”. The Irish government recently made a commitment to develop a National Dementia Strategy by 2013.
Memantine, also know as lundbeck’s Ebixa. Did I read this right? From the patient information leaflet…between 1-10 people in 1000 can get heart failure.
And then this, the first sentence blames the disease for depression, suicidal ideation and suicide and the second says it’s actually in patients treated with Ebixa!
Alzheimer’s disease has been associated with depression, suicidal ideation and suicide. In post-marketing experience these events have been reported in patients treated with Ebixa.
Common drug ineffective in early Alzheimer’s: study
By Julie Steenhuysen. Apr 12, 2011
CHICAGO (Reuters) – A commonly prescribed Alzheimer’s drug had no effect in treating patients with a mild form of the disease, U.S. researchers said on Monday, underscoring the need for new and better treatments for the most common form of dementia.
Sold under the brand Namenda by Forest Laboratories Inc and Germany’s Merz Pharma, the drug had U.S. sales of about $1.2 billion last year.
For the study, researchers culled through published studies, presentations at medical meetings and other sources to find studies that looked at the effectiveness of the drug memantine, Namenda’s generic form, in patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease.
They found that memantine worked no better than a dummy pill at treating the disease.
“Despite its frequent off-label use, evidence is lacking for a benefit of memantine in mild Alzheimer’s disease, and there is meager evidence for its efficacy in moderate Alzheimer’s disease,” the authors wrote.
They said more scientifically rigorous studies are needed to show the drug works.” Ebixa side-effects. Link.
Wiki; Despite years of research, whether memantine (Ebixa) has any effect in mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease is unknown.
So…will the discussion get around to the fact that there are more and more emerging concerns that antidepressants and antipsychotics do not work for older people with dementia? Link.
Back to Citalopram and ssri’s…
So if the scientific proof is there and there are ssri experts who say that this medication does indeed cause some people to become suicidal and homicidal, exactly how many people are dying because the president/the patron of the Irish association of suicidalology, the government or the Irish Medicines Board won’t get their heads out of the sand and investigate these drugs?
I sent another letter to President Mary McAleese reiterating my request for an investigation into Citalopram. Reply below…
Excuse me if I don’t understand. Tell that to the next family of a person who commits an act of “self harm or harm to another” on this medication!