An Article in todays Irish Times reported that Boh’s sported the Lean on Me logo on their jerseys for Monday night’s match. This follows a partnership that the PFAI(Football) and the IRUPA (Rugby) have formed with the Lean on Me depression awareness campaign. I’m sure they thought this was a positive move following the recent high profile death of Wales manager Gary Speed. Link.
Anything that brings depression out into the open has to be a good thing, right? Are Boh’s aware that the ‘Lean on Me’ campaign is funded by a dubious pharmaceutical company?
It’s hard to explain how wrong this is but here is an excerpt from a 2010 Irish Newspaper Article….
Anti-depressants manufacturer funds depression-awareness campaign
Lundbeck’s primary product is Cipramil, the world’s most-prescribed new-generation antidepressant. Cipramil alone accounts for some 82 per cent of the company’s sales.
“Paul David Klemperer is an economist and professor of Economics at Oxford University. He said: “When groups accept financial support from the pharmaceutical industry and medical device manufacturers this constitutes an increasingly important marketing component for the [pharmaceuticals company].”
A member of the pharmaceuticals industry who wishes to remain unnamed says, “Once you scratch the surface you would be amazed how many organisations without the necessary resources avail of external resources like pharmaceutical companies. You then feel like you must align yourself with what those companies want. Questions should be asked about this.”
Lundbeck Ireland declined to comment on their funding of the Lean on Me campaign.
Aware also puts it name to this campaign. Aware who describes itself as a “national organisation working to provide support and information to individuals and families affected by depression”, has long been associated with Lundbeck. A national depression organisation allowing itself to be associated with an unetical pharmaceutical company is surely naive at best. I would consider it questionable.
Are people Aware that in the U.S, Lundbeck’s partners in crime Forest Labs, have been settling a string of wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits from the parents of children who took Lundbeck’s Celexa and Lexapro? Link.
An example of how Lundbeck treated one of their own employees with depression…Link.
Does anybody think that because Lundbeck denied that their drugs can cause suicide/homicide on Irish TV but admitted it in other countries, they think we’re a tad stupid? Link.
Lundbeck has already been accused of hidden advertising after it has emerged that the pharmaceutical company is behind a popular internet forum for people suffering from depression. Depression advice website seems to promote products made by pharmaceutical company Lundbeck. Link.
Pharmaceutical companies who manufacture pills with potentially fatal side effects, have been allowed to fund our Universities, the medicines regulator and now sport. Then there’s the nice little sideline by some of our Irish Psychiatrists. It’s only a matter of time before we have ourselves an Irish version of Nemeroff. New York Times.
Information from the “Industry” funded Irish Medicines Board…
For bupropion, citalopram, escitalopram and fluvoxamine there is a trend towards an increased risk of suicidal behaviour with that for citalopram being most marked but does not reach statistical significance for any of these drugs. ( Only DOUBLE that of placebo?)