Suicide…It’s not a dirty word. It can be said out loud. It’s not a dirty little secret.
BUT I will tell you what is a dirty little secret…words and data being continuously manipulated by drug companies who are well aware their drugs are causing people to commit “self harm and harm to others” (suicide/homicide). Not just Lundbeck’s drugs, all ssri’s can have this causal effect. What happens when the drug companies are found guilty of lying and concealing data or side-effects? They have to pay a fine but can keep peddling their unfit product to uninformed doctors and subsequently the unsuspecting public!
As more and more televised programmes are spreading the word about the dangers of antidepressants, and just supposing their facts are correct…how may people have killed themselves today because they went to the doctor to get help and were given these drugs with no warnings attached? If Professor Healy is right and these drugs can make you kill yourself, how many people have died because the Irish Medicines Board and the minister for health are still burying their heads in the sand and won’t investigate these drugs?
Toran’s mum Maria has worked tirelessly to help increase awareness in New Zealand, and with the help of her friend debs who also lost her daughter through an antidepressant induced suicide, have set up Casper NZ.
Despite the seriousness of the programme, there was one hilarious part at 13.30 minutes where Professor Peter Ellis, head of psychological Medicine for otago University and also an advisor to NZ’s minister for health, who is seen on the programme opposing Professor Healys view, was asked…You have shares, don’t you, in pharmaceutical companies? More sqirming from the opposing side! Hilarious but utterly tragic.
Professor Peter Ellis, Otago University, admits to currently having shares in CSL and Pfizer, previously having shares in GSK and Roche but forgot to mention receiving research funds from Eli Lilly for a study of antipsychotic drugs. Link. But this couldn’t be a conflict of Interest…a professor who advises New Zealand’s minister for health and who has received funds (money) for a study on antidepressants, surely not? And from Eli-Lilly no less, for whom John Virapen has admitted bribing the Swedish Government to get the licencing for Prozac…NOPE, he doesn’t see it! John Virapen.