On the front page of today’s Sunday Times, an article by Mark Tighe reports that the army expert who advised the Irish Government on it’s practice of prescribing the dangerous drug Lariam, has previously received funding from Roche, the manufactures of Lariam.
So someone finally gets the conflict of interest here? Patricia Schlagenhauf stated that she is the ‘Malaria Prevention Advisor’ to the Irish Armed Forces. My previous blog on Lariam here.
Presumably Alan Shatter relied on Professor Schlagenhauf’s advice when he defended the use of the drug following a number of ‘suicides’ of Irish troops. He disputed its links to suicide, stating “There is no evidence in any of the coroners’ inquests linking any deaths to Lariam.” This is one of his decisions which I wholeheartedly disagree with. Why listen to the families, when the ‘pharma funded’ expert is telling you otherwise?
Okay, putting it into my perspective; following my son’s ‘death by Lundbeck’, why was Patricia Casey allowed to intervene in Shane’s inquest having had years of links to the same pharmaceutical company? Why did the medical council, following my complaint, feel the need to get an ‘independent‘ report from Oxford from someone who also has numerous links to Lundbeck? I have to give some credit to Professor Cowen, who was willing to communicate with me and answer my questions. He said he didn’t know the full circumstances but Professor Healy was in a better position to assess Shane’s case. You mean this assessment? The same report that the Medical Council were reluctant to accept from me? Isn’t e-mail wonderful!
Who’s running the show here? Nice to see this article today in the ‘Sunday Times’ albeit little comfort for the families of these young troops. There is a growing opinion that drug induced death can never and should never be called suicide. Millie Kieve of APRIL has been campaigning for a verdict of ‘Iatrogenic death’ following the death of her daughter.
Iatrogenic death: deaths induced inadvertently by a physician or surgeon or by medical treatment or diagnostic procedures.
- Ah Yes; The Lundbeck Salute. (leoniefennell.wordpress.com)
- Report on controversial anti-malarial drug to remain secret (irishtimes.com)