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The Pharmaceutical Industry’s Influence in Irish Politics and Medicine.

Enda and James

The pharmaceutical industry has a long and tangled involvement within Irish politics. Besides politics, our medical ‘experts’ have built up their training and expertise while simultaneously having a fundamental collegial relationship with the pharmaceutical industry. Pharma politics may not be news to Americans, Latvians or our British neighbours – but as Ireland is my Country of birth, I claim poetic licence in focusing on my specific geographical area. Corruption within this industry has been widely publicised elsewhere but there seems to be a reticence within the Irish media to report on pharma wrongdoing or the objectivity of the psychiatric expert. My son, a young Irishman, died under the influence of 17 days of Citalopram (an SSRI antidepressant) – manufactured by Lundbeck, prescribed by a doctor, licensed by the Irish Medicine’s Board (henceforth IMB) and protected by the Irish College of Psychiatry (henceforth the College).

Despite much evidence to the contrary, our health Minister James Reilly has been quoted in the media as saying that “SSRIs aren’t addictive and treat depression effectively”. He also denied that GPs are systematically over-prescribing SSRIs.[1] He subsequently managed to ignore two medical experts (David Healy and Declan Gilsenan) who gave testimony in Leinster House that antidepressants were the leading cause of death within the mental health field and were in fact causing hundreds of Irish deaths each year. According to the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association there are approximately 120 pharmaceutical companies that have plants in Ireland – including 9 of the 10 largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.[2]

Last year the Irish Times reported that the Irish Government ‘came under pressure’ from the larger pharmaceutical firms over the Health Service Executives’ (HSE) decision not to approve new drugs for payment. There was an implied threat that this could ‘have implications for 25,000 jobs and future investment’ – so not surprisingly Enda Kenny and James Reilly backed down. The Times further reported that both had meetings with Abbott Laboratories and Eli Lilly, and further that Enda Kenny attended Eli Lilly’s board dinner at the Old Kinsale golf club in 2011. It is submitted that this relationship is much too close for comfort and therefore not conducive to having the Nation’s best interests at heart. Backing down under pressure from a bullying industry is never a good move, particularly when as a Nation we naturally assume that our Government is in control.

According to Dr David Healy who is regarded as the world leading expert on prescription drugs, antidepressants double the risk of suicide and violence, particularly upon starting, discontinuing and dosage change (up or down). He further stated that “antidepressants now come with black box warnings of suicide and in some jurisdictions such as Canada they come with warnings of violence also. Exactly the same mechanisms that lead to suicides lead to violence. In one case you have violence directed inward and in the other directed outwards. These mechanisms are akathisia, emotional blunting and psychosis.”[3]

The name ‘antidepressant’ itself is pure marketing genius by the pharmaceutical industry. Who would believe that these so-called magic pills can cause death, sometimes self-inflicted and extremely violent? In protecting the medical model, referring to antidepressant-induced suicide, the College stated “Anecdotal cases of suicide sometimes mistakenly attribute these tragic events to the treatment rather than the illness itself”.[4] This is a vastly differing stance compared to the IMB, the European Medicine’s Agency (EMA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The American regulator FDA slapped a black-box warning on all antidepressants, informing consumers of the increased risk of suicide.[5] The EMA followed suit requiring labelling changes to all antidepressants, again informing consumers of the increased risk of drug-induced suicidality.[6] The IMB is pretty limited in its capacity of protector of Irish citizens, deferring largely to the EMA. Interestingly, the IMB is almost fully funded by the pharmaceutical industry, so the public protector is funded by the very industry that it is supposed to be protecting the Irish people from. It should be noted that peter gøtzsche of the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Copenhagen recently stated that the IMB banned GlaxoSmithKline from claiming that Paroxetine (Seroxat/Paxil) corrects a chemical imbalance.[7] That depression is caused by a ‘chemical imbalance’ is a pharma invention used as a tool to sell antidepressant drugs. That the IMB made an executive decision and actually suppressed GSK or any other pharmaceutical company is the exception rather than the rule.

We don’t have to look too far to see Governmental and pharma influence within the medical industry. The ‘Sherif Sultan Saga’ is a prime example of the bullying and intimidation of a medical professional. Mr Sultan is a consultant in Galway who received an official warning and a gag order from the HSE for speaking out on the dangers of taking statin drugs.[8] This followed the publication of his paper ‘The ugly side of Statins’.[9] Mr Sultan said what David Healy has been saying for a long time, that he and his colleagues “are fed up with trial of organizations to cover up truth about the ugly side of statin because of invested interest and commercial sponsorship.” He also stated that “We are observing the revealing of the ‘utmost medical tragedy’ of all times. It is extraordinary that the healthcare industry has inadvertently induced life-threatening nutrient deficiency in millions of otherwise healthy people.”

Similar to the attempt at suppressing Sherif Sultan, the psychiatric Professors Patricia Casey, University College Dublin, and Ted Dinan, University College Cork, involved themselves not only in my son’s inquest but also with others where antidepressants were implicated. Both had long links to the same pharmaceutical companies who manufactured the implicated drug and both without exception defended the drugs, instead blaming the supposed underlying ‘illnesses’.[10] Both these professors are supposed experts in the psychiatric field and both fiercely defend antidepressants.[11] It is submitted that the objectivity of the expert opinion is paramount, particularly where the law is concerned. As the coronial system is the only Court of law where a deceased’s family can get answers, in cases of drug-induced death, bias or even a perception of bias should automatically render these ‘experts’ excluded from the legal process.

The health of the Irish nation will never be of utmost importance while our medical professionals, the IMB and the Irish Government have a vested interest in upholding the existing ‘pharma funded’ regime. While it seems my son was just a number in the collateral damage of the latter – I urge you to protect your family, start asking questions and stop trusting these dubious so-called professionals.


[7] Peter Gøtzsche ‘Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime’ P. 199

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The Truthman Ruffles Goldacre’s Feathers.

Ben GoldacreNot too sure what to make of this. Truthman recently wrote a blog ‘Will The Real Ben Goldacre Please Stand Up’. Mr Goldacre is a psychiatrist and author of ‘Bad Pharma’, a book on the misdeeds of the pharmaceutical industry. What Truthman was saying was that Goldacre’s book was just a rehash of other books which came before it, eg., David Healy, Marcia Angell etc – ah feck it, it’s too hard to explain; read his blog here.

The thing that surprised me most was Goldacre’s comment on Truthman’s blog. He’s not one to shy away from an argument it seems, although Truthman did refer to Goldacre’s book as ‘impotent’ and you know how sensitive men get with ‘that’ word. He also alluded to Goldacre’s involvement or ‘non-involvement’ with GlaxoSmithKline’s supposed transparency decision; in my opinion, a non-existent publicity stunt by GSK.

I thought that Goldacre was a little churlish bringing David Healy into his comment, although then again, Truthman did mention the latter’s review of the book at issue: “An insightful (albeit also complex) review of Bad Pharma from David Healy (not so bad pharma) seems to conclude that the problem with Bad Pharma rests not upon the repetition of content already covered, or the many flawed arguments raised which seem to rally against the pharmaceutical  industry but actually often work in their favor, “but on the premium Ben puts on controlled trials not found in other books”.

Truthman is a very intelligent writer, whose research is usually impeccable. On this occasion he seems to have rubbed Ben Goldacre up the wrong way. This is a very interesting and enjoyable read (handbags at dawn) but I’m afraid you’ll just have to make up your own mind – Will The Real Ben Goldacre Please Stand Up?

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Dr Sherif (Hippocrates) Sultan.

Hipp

Remember Hippocrates?

Primum non nocere  – “first, do no harm.”

An article in today’s Irish Independent entitled ‘HSE Gags Surgeon After Cholesterol Drug Claims’ has truly shocked me to the core. The article tells the sorry tale of a leading surgeon who is gagged for giving his informed opinion. The HSE is Irelands’ Health Service Executive. Its Code of Governance states:

“The Health Service Executive (HSE) was established under the Health Act 2004 as the single body with statutory responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services in the Republic of Ireland. As outlined in the Health Act, 2004 the objective of the Executive is to use the resources available to it in the most beneficial, effective and efficient manner to improve, promote and protect the health and welfare of the public.”

Dr Sherif Sultan, a leading vascular surgeon at University College Hospital Galway, researched a number of statin studies and concluded that they may do more harm than good in healthy people. He found there was a lack of evidence to show they should be given to healthy people and therefore avoiding the risk of statins’ side effects. Commenting in the Independent, Dr Sultan said: “I have received an official warning from the HSE and have been instructed not to liaise directly with the press in my capacity as a HSE consultant.” Today is a bad day for human rights in Ireland. Surely the HSE is violating this man’s Constitutional right to ‘freedom of expression’, not to mention Irish Citizens right to ‘Bodily Integrity’?

Statins adverse effects can include increased risk of Diabetes, Impotence, Acute Renal Failure, Myalgia and Severe Memory Loss. Last year the FDA (US Medicines Regulator) added diabetes and memory loss warnings to all statins. So Dr Sultan is right to be concerned. It begs the question; is our Government running the HSE or is Big Pharma pulling the strings once again? He further stated that analysis by the ‘British Medical Journal’ showed the superiority of exercise over drug therapy. Imagine saying exercise was superior to a possibly dangerous drug? Put him in the stocks; seriously gag the man, he’s lost the plot!

Statins are the most prescribed medications drugs globally, meaning Dr Sultan is going up against a multi billion dollar industry. A quick search through David Healy’s RxISK website reveals, among other things: 6264 cases of Myalgia, 1879 deaths, 783 cases of Acute Renal failure, 908 cases of Depression and 653 cases of Memory impairment, all reported as an adverse effect of taking Pfizers’ Lipitor. It is common knowledge that the numbers of adverse effects is seriously under-reported and the above numbers are for just one of the Statin drugs.

Cardiologist Pat Nash of the ‘National University of Galway’ contradicted Dr Sultans position and was quick to ‘reassure patients that statins are safe’. 1879 deaths is not what I’d call safe Dr Nash. I’m sure his argument has nothing to do with the support that NUIG receives from Pfizer, Lilly, GlaxoSmithKline and MSD pharmaceuticals, or its research links with Lundbeck!

I wonder what our grandparents would have thought about doctors medicating healthy people, and that we were buying into it? I know what mine would have said. ‘Cyclafeetis!’ I think it is we who have lost the plot! Good on ye Dr Sultan.

Philippe Pinel 1745-1826 (Plagurised from RxISk.org): “there is an art in medicine in knowing when to treat but an even greater art in knowing when not to treat.”

Independent Article.

HSE Code Of Governance.

Statin Induced Amnesia; RxISK.org

Reported Adverse Effects.

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Automatism and the Insanity Defence

David Healy – Hearts and Minds- Psychotropic Drugs and Violence (30/04/2013)

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There is so much evidence that Psychotropic drugs can cause suicide and violence. Anyone who is considering their doctor’s advice recommending these drugs; please inform yourself of the possible consequences and watch this video first, courtesy of www.RxISK.org

Cases mentioned (In order):

Mat Miller (Age 13-Zoloft)

American woman – “GSK… Please don’t forget about me.”

Virginia Tech.

Sylvia Plath.

Joseph Wesbecker (Prozac)

Donald Schell (Paxil/Seroxat)

David Hawkins (Zoloft)

Merillee Bentley (Effexor)

M.C. (Paxil/Seroxat)

Leslie Demeniuk (Zoloft and Paxil/Seroxat)

David Rule (Citalopram)

Christopher Pittman (Age 12-Paxil/Seroxat and Zoloft)

Yvonne Woodley (Citalopram)

Sandy Hook

Daniele Canarelli (Psychiatrist found guilty)

My son Shane (Citalopram)

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The ‘Beast of Baflo’ or a case of GSK (Glaxo’s Seroxat Kills)

Baflo policeA case presently being played out in a Netherlands Court involves a man who killed two people: his girlfriend, and a policeman who was responding to the emergency call.

Mr Asalam S. was taking Paroxetine (AKA Paxil and Seroxat) at the time of the killings. He is originally from Benin in Africa and at the time of the killings (April 2011), he had recently had his asylum application refused. The incident occured in the village of Baflo, which led to the perpetrator being dubbed as ‘The Beast of Baflo’. The trial continues in the Groningen courts tomorrow (Monday 11 Feb).

Last week, testimony regarding the dangers of anti-depressants was offered to the court by professor of pharmacology Dr. Anton Loonen. Prof/Dr. Loonen from the University of Gronengen, stated that this drug can lead to violent outbursts. The newspaper reported that Mr Asalam S. told his doctor that he was feeling unwell, which subsequently led to his dosage of Paroxetine being increased. As we know this can lead to tragic consequences. According to statements made by officers he acted ‘like a zombie’ and someone who ‘had nothing to lose’.

No doubt GlaxoSmithKline will have their ‘experts’ attending. It’s unfortunate for them that they have a dubious history; what telling the truth means to GSK, means something entirely different to the general public!  This pharma company (GSK) were previously held liable in the case of Donald Schell, 60, who had been taking Paxil for just 48 hours when he shot and killed his wife, his daughter, his granddaughter and himself. You can download a copy of the verdict here.

This is not the first time that the Netherlands have come across an alleged ‘Seroxat induced’ killing. There was the so-called ‘axe murders’ which happened in Badhoevedorp in 2008. A former flight attendant Elzelien K. (aged 66) killed her husband, 61, and daughter, 22, as they slept. She had been  ‘depressed’ since her son had died in an accident 10 years beforehand but had recently started on a high dosage of Seroxat. During the trial, Elzelien K. said her actions were an ‘unimaginable mystery’ and ‘they were everything to me’. Dutch article here.

In a recent post Professor Healy stated that the information about SSRI induced disinhibition, violence and suicide has been in the public domain for nearly 25 years. He also stated:

“Somewhere around 90% of the school or other mass shootings that have happened in recent years in America or Europe have involved shooters on psychotropic drugs usually antidepressants. The public sympathy for the victims typically also extends to the doctor who is seen as one more victim.  But the so called perpetrator is much more likely to be a victim than the doctor.  He may have been turned into a guided missile by his doctor.  These are people in treatment whose doctors clearly failed to recognize the risks they posed.”

So as more and more experts warn of the dangers of SSRIs, the inaction by the the EU is increasingly baffling. Of course, it’s not just Seroxat which has the potential for suicide and homicide. All SSRIs can cause suicide, violence. akathisia, worsening depression, ect, ect. Five days after first taking Celexa, Robert Raines, 78, shot and killed his wife, Elsie, 71, then himself. Article here. These cases will go on and on until something is done to hold the different pharmaceutical companies responsible.

It will certainly be interesting to see what happens in the Groningen courtroom. No doubt the pharma experts muppets will tow the company line. What is Glaxo’s motto? Oh yes; “enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer”. Tell that to the Seroxat victims!

Many thanks to Noel McCullagh, an Irish journalist living in the Netherlands, for the translating/reporting of this story.

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Are conflicting studies putting babies lives at risk?

Birth defects

How the same study with different conclusions could spell disaster for unborn and newborn babies.

Last year (2012) the BMJ published a study from 5 Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden) based on more than 1.6 million infants born after gestational week 33 between 1996-2007.

This year (2013) JAMA published a report based on a study from all Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden) at different periods from 1996 through 2007, also based on over 1.6 million births. So it’s a safe bet that the two studies are one.

Study Jan 2012. Here.

Study Jan 2013. Here.

The first study concluded that the risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn doubled when the mother was using an SSRI.

This year the same study concluded that SSRIs do not increase the risk of infant deaths. Articles, like this one, which stated that “Recent research has cancelled the claims by saying that SSRIs do not pose any sort of risk” are at risk of wrongly giving the impression that these drugs are safe to take in pregnancy. Wrong! Stating that this is ‘recent research’ further gives the impression that this is a recent study, suggesting new findings. Also wrong!

The study was undertaken by a group of researchers from the Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, and initially warned that pregnant women who are taking SSRIs could be doubling the risk of having a baby with serious birth defects. This year though, the same researchers (bar one, Örjan Ericsson) presumably played with the stats, and concluded “Taking SSRIs during pregnancy do not up the risk of infant death.”

What the JAMA study actually found was that women who took an SSRI did have higher rates of stillbirth and infant death than those who did not. Although according to co-author Dr. Olof Stephansson, “this was because of an increased proportion of smokers, older [maternal] age, diabetes and hypertensive disease.” That’s not quite the same as saying ‘SSRIs do not pose any sort of risk’.

What the researchers failed to take into account is that SSRIs are in fact linked to increased rates of voluntary terminations. This may be because of the ‘disinhibition’ effect of SSRIs but more importantly, the findings could be due to Nordic women terminating pregnancies with significant birth defects. Similarly, in 2001 a woman wrote to GlaxoSmithKline, asking whether it was possible for her to have a healthy baby while using their drug Paxil (Seroxat). She had previously terminated her first pregnancy after discovering the baby had a serious heart defect (truncus arteriosus), and would likely not survive. Internal GSK documents were found to have stated that this baby’s heart defect was ‘almost certainly linked to Paxil’. Drug companies including GSK and Lundbeck have had no choice but to admit that Paxil and Celexa can have teratogenic effects, so it begs the question, why are these researchers putting babies lives at risk?

According to Professor David Healy, 1 in 10 pregnant Irish women are on antidepressants, leading to about 40 extra babies with significant birth defects and 200 extra miscarriages each year. So in the last 20 years, antidepressants have caused birth defects in 800 Irish babies and 4000 miscarriages.

That’s some discrepancy in the figures! Can any pregnant woman afford to take the risk?

https://leoniefennell.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/david-healy-v-veronica-o-keane-dr-adam-urato/

http://davidhealy.org/burn-in-hell/

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Like taking candy from a baby.

Big PharmaYesterday the New York Times reported that a drug named ‘Acthar’, which is used to treat Infantile spasms, used to cost $50 but is now priced at $28,000. Despite questions over its efficacy and drug trials which were suspended, aggressive marketing by Questcor Pharmaceuticals and the support of a ‘Dr. Thrower’ (who also happens to be a paid speaker for Questcor), Forbes list Questor’s Market Capital at $1.33 Billion. Considering Acthar is listed as its ‘primary product’, that’s a sizable profit made from defenseless babies. Because Acthar was approved in 1952, before the FDA required clinical trials to show that a drug is effective, it seems that Questcor has carte blanche to market this drug for whatever condition it chooses, without the added burden of large trials to prove efficacy.Pharma targeting children

Does the targeting of children sound unbelievable to you? The pharmaceutical industry has a history of targeting the most vulnerable of society, not least with unapproved ‘mind altering’ drugs for depression, which can and have had tragic consequences. So just how much money can a pharmaceutical company squeeze out of a parent with a sick baby? Do you think I’m being a bit skeptical of the pharmaceutical industry, or maybe just a little bitter? Remember Pfizer’s illegal drug trial on Nigerian children. Eleven children died and 189 other children were left injured, some blind, paralysed or brain-damaged. Yet the billion dollar Pfizer spent years fighting the parents of these children before finally settling the case, for some.

It may come as no surprise that Lundbeck are also guilty of the practice of using infants for profit. When Lundbeck acquired the rights to Indocin IV, a drug used for a certain heart defect in premature babies, their vice president had this to say: “We can price these almost anywhere we want given the product profiles.” Lundbeck then raised the price by 1,300 percent.

This year GlaxoSmithKline were fined for, among other things, actively promoting dangerous drugs for use in children. So where will it end? Will the corruption of the pharmaceutical industry enter your head when you take that pill recommended by your family doctor? The ‘med of the moment’ seems to be statins. Doctors are pushing these drugs on healthy individuals in order to cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Professor Rory Collins of Oxford University, says “Statins should be given to all over-50s, regardless of their health history, because they dramatically cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes in later life.He lists his conflicts of interests as “engaged in research activities for Merck, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Sanofi, and AstraZeneca.” My cynicism is showing I fear!

Giving statins to healthy people seems ridiculous considering that there are a number of serious adverse effects which can occur with these drugs, including Depression, aggression and Sexual Dysfunction. Ben Goldacre in his new book ‘Bad Pharma’ says: “The MHRA (UK Medicines Regulator) has previously stated ‘Patients should be made aware that treatment with any statin may sometimes be associated with depression, sleep disturbances, memory loss, and sexual dysfunction.’ The agency also planned a new warning that – very rarely-statin therapy might be associated with interstitial lung disease, a serious medical condition.” There are further concerns that these drugs can cause diabetes; so why would a healthy person take a drug which could make them sick? Never underestimate the marketing power of the pharma industry.

So it begs the question; If a person (taking a statin) presented to his/her doctor with symptoms of depression, would the doctor relate the depression symptoms to the statin? OR would the friendly doctor just prescribe an antidepressant which may come with similar adverse effects adding to the ones caused by the statin?

How many deaths, as a result of taking medication that was never needed, are attributed to a drug induced death? How many ‘natural deaths’ are actually caused by the pharmaceutical industry? Where will it all end?

Marcia Angell: “The combined profits for the top ten drug companies in the Fortune 500 were more than the profits for all the other 490 businesses put together.

Reuters: Pfizer settles Nigerian case.

NY Times: Questor finds profit at $28,000 a vial.

Litigation & Trial: We can price these almost anywhere we want given the product profiles

Mail Online: GSK fined $3billion

Mail Online: Give statins to all over-50s

Marcia Angell: The Truth About Drug Companies.

Ben Goldacre: Bad Pharma

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Dr No: No, doctors don’t Know…

Depressed DoctorToday’s Irish Independent reported on the tragic deaths of two young doctors from Tallaght Hospital. The two junior doctors had died by ‘their own hand’ in the past six months.

The article raises concerns about the ‘high-pressure and stressful work environments in the country’s hospitals’. The article states that ‘doctor support services’ have warned that the deaths are not isolated incidents and urged medics to seek help rather than self-treat when they are sick. Dr Ide Delargy, said: “Doctors don’t tend to come forward for treatment at the moment. They tend to self-treat and self-medicate…”

Is anyone, apart from me, seeing a totally different perspective here? Doctors are bombarded from a early stage in their training with pharmaceutical company funding and drug company spiel. Medical students and young doctors are more likely to believe what the ‘friendly’ drug company sales rep is saying; the sales rep’s objective is to convince the medical professionals that their drugs are ‘safe and effective’. As we all know, that’s not always true; perhaps more often than not, untrue and a downright lie.

As we now know, most of the large pharmaceutical companies have been slapped with hefty fines for wrongdoing and fraudulent marketing, some amounting to billions; take a bow GSK, Pfizer, Abbott, Johnson & Johnson and Eli Lilly. John Virapen, who worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 35 years, mostly for Eli Lilly, but with various others including Lundbeck, has said the sales reps are taught to persuade, bribe and use whatever it takes to get these (often dangerous) drugs prescribed. He readily admitted to bribing the Swedish government in order to get Eli Lilly’s Prozac past the licencing process. He also said, in the case of SSRIs, that reps were aware that these drugs were causing people to kill themselves and others but they were told to keep quiet.

My point is that these young doctors are victims of pharmaceutical industry propaganda. They believe that these so called ANTIdepressants will do exactly what it says on the tin. Yes, I’m aware that these drugs work for some people, and whether or not that’s because of the placebo effect hardly matters; If they work for you, that’s great. In many, many cases though, the word ‘ANTIdepressant’ is false advertising at its very worst, as these drugs at least double the risk of suicide upon starting, discontinuing and change of dosage (up or down). In the US, after accidents, suicide is the most common cause of death among medical students. It seems that there are problems here in Ireland too with self medicating. Unless the media (against the recommended guidelines it has to be said) actively report on the circumstances surrounding a person who has died by their own hand, we might never know if the drugs played a part. From what I have observed in over 3 years of researching, my opinion is that the majority of people who die by suicide have been on one antidepressant or another at the time leading up to their deaths. False advertising? For these people, ‘depressant’ would have been a better word.

Ex Pharmaceutical Rep John Virapen: “I became the General Manager of Eli Lilly & Company in Sweden and later worked for global players such as Novo Nordisk and Lundbeck from Denmark. As far as the product range goes: sometimes it was wonder pills against arthritis, or the human insulin scandal, or rejuvenating cures (growth hormones), and finally the new psychotropic family of Selective Serotonin Reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which are wrongly called mood lifters. These drugs are anything but that. They drive people to suicide or to kill others.” (Preface Page ix) Free download of John Virapen’s brilliant book Side Effects Death’.

BMJ, British Medical Journal: Doctors’ self prescribing.

Dr Janet Wreglesworth was prescribed Cipramil/Celexa in Nov 07. She was dead by Feb 08.

Dr Mark Gradwell diagnosed himself with “full blown clinical depression” and was prescribed anti-depressants.

Console.ie/2012 “In the year prior to death, 81% (of suicide victims) had been in contact with their GP or a mental health service. Among those who had been in contact with the GP, the majority (67.4) had done so 4 times or more during the year prior to death.” Link

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Professor David Healy: Time to abandon evidence based medicine?

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A talk by Prof David Healy from the Institute of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences at Cardiff University. The talk was presented at the Cardiff University School of Psychology on 26th November 2012.

Prof Healy makes an interesting point about Sertraline/Zoloft (the drug that Anna Byrne was prescribed in her pregnancy) at 9.40 mins and 48 mins. 80% of Sertraline trials proved negative and yet Sertraline was approved long before it was prescribed to Anna and Nicolas Maguire. So terribly tragic, so very wrong and so avoidable. An article in the Irish Independent regarding Anna’s death stated “Mrs Byrne’s GP had started her on Sertraline – an anti-depressant regularly used during pregnancy – and Dr Sheehan doubled her dosage….” This is the same dangerous drug that the NIMH deem fit to be trialed in children as young as seven…Link.

Anway, for those of you with an attention span like mine, I’ve gone through the video and put the time to the important bits:

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Ghostwriting at 4 mins

Study 329 at 5.30 mins & 10.45 mins

Pfizer’s Zoloft/Sertraline worst antidepressant (80% of trials proved negative) at 9.40 mins and 48 mins

The truth behind GlaxoSmithKline’s proposal to make data available at 24.30 mins

‘It’s the disease, not the drug’. Heard that one before anyone? at 38 mins

For the seriously depressed, Antidepressants don’t work at 38.10 mins

GSK Seroxat suicide; the way around the problem of Paroxetine/ Paxil/ Seroxat causing suicide at 42.30 mins

Antidepressants in pregnancy at 51.10 mins

Sex in a spray at 51.40 mins

(Shocking) Sacked for not taking flu-vaccine at 54.35 mins

Discussion at 58.12 mins

Weight-gain on Zyprexa at 59 mins

ECT at 62.19

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GlaxoSmithSwine

Integrity: the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness (Oxford Dictionary).

Ah yes, you remember GlaxoSmithKline? Remember the line in their Irish ‘Better Together‘ campaign “GSK wants to be healthcare partner of choice, valued for our expertise and trusted for our integrity.” In my last post about GSK, I wondered exactly what ‘integrity’ they meant. Bear in mind GSK were fined $3 BILLION in the US for, among other things, illegally promoting their drug for children; despite being aware that the drug could cause the same children to become suicidal.

Another of the charges included actively concealing the dangers of the drug Avandia. An estimated 100,000 heart attacks, strokes, deaths and cases of heart failure’ were caused by Avandia before the drug was finally taken off the market. After agreeing to pay the $3 billion dollar fine, GSK boss Andrew Witty said he was “very sorry that we have had to deal with the echoes of the past” and “We’re determined this is never going to happen again.”

Well guess what? GSK has again been been found guilty of illegally promoting another of their drugs, this time their platelet drug Revolade. The Pharma Times reported on this story yesterday. It seems that GSK are sorry alright, sorry for getting caught!!

Integrity? I think GSK’s ‘PR’ department should really get a new dictionary; their current one must have misprints!