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Are they mad or what?

I have written an article which appears in the ‘health and living’ section of the Irish Independent today; here.

The writing is all mine this time, so for anyone who doesn’t agree; it’s all my work and I stand by everything I said. There was a paragraph missing to do with antidepressants and miscarriages; I feel this is very important so I’ve left it in here. All stats were verified by Prof David Healy.

Are they mad or what? 
The Irish Independent have asked me to write this article; are they mad or what? ‘Mad’ is a word I am well used to hearing. Having lost my son in the ‘most’ tragic circumstances in 2009, I’m left as most mothers with a dead child are left: in cloud cuckoo land, extremely sad and just a little bit mad. In my case I’d say ‘more than a little mad’ but I don’t want to tar every bereaved mother with my madness brush. What is it with Irish people and their reluctance to talk about death and dead people? I have never heard so many people talk about the ‘dreadful’ weather; whatever you do, don’t mention that big fat elephant in the room. Most of the time I couldn’t tell you what day of the week it is, never mind what the ‘dreadful’ weather is like, but please feel free to talk about that big fat grey thing with the huge trunk; my son. He’s dead, not erased from existence, but don’t upset the ‘mad’ bereaved woman whatever you do! Say the wrong thing, by all means, but don’t pretend he didn’t exist and talk about the ‘dreadful’ weather! I can’t tell you how close some people have come to manual strangulation, simply by saying ‘it’s a lovely day’ or more likely ‘the weather’s terrible, isn’t it?’
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Before I get shot down for using the ‘m’ word, I’d like to say that the so-called ‘mad’ people that I’ve met in the last three years are no madder than most of you, and definitely not I. Some of these people have been told that they have a ‘chemical imbalance’ of the brain; so in order to keep their brain functioning as it’s supposed to, they will need to stay on medication for the rest of their lives. These mad dysfunctional lot could teach the so-called ‘normal’ society a thing or two; mainly about kindness, compassion and a willingness to help others. They are also the ones who are shouting from the rooftops that the chemical imbalance theory is just that; a theory. For decades we were led to believe that depression was caused by low serotonin levels in the brain. There is no way, never has been, to measure serotonin in a person’s brain, and absolutely no evidence that low serotonin levels ever caused depression.
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By way of background; my son killed himself and another young man in 2009. He was prescribed an approved SSRI antidepressant 17 days beforehand. I absolutely believe that these ‘mind altering drugs’ are killing people at an alarming rate. Professor David Healy (a world leading expert on these drugs) has said that the pharmaceutical companies, in a court of law, have no choice but to admit that these drugs can cause suicide. According to Professor Healy, “there are 20 more Irish suicides per year than there would have been and 20 extra Irish cases of violence per year that can be linked back to antidepressants.” So given that the SSRI antidepressants have been on the market for 20 years; that’s 800 extra cases of suicide and violence caused by antidepressants in this country alone.
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The first major Case involving antidepressant induced suicide/homicide was in the US and involved a 60 year old man, Donald Schell. This man was put on Seroxat by his doctor, not for any mental illness, but for anxiety; yet 2 days later he shot and killed his wife, his daughter, his 9 month old granddaughter and then himself. The jury found that the drug had caused him to become suicidal and homicidal and found the pharmaceutical company liable, in that Case GlaxoSmithKline. There have been similar Cases since, the most recent in a Canadian trial where the Judge found that an antidepressant caused a 16 year old to kill his friend. The Judge (Justice Heinrichs) concluded that the teenager was no longer a danger and that at the time of the killing “his mental deterioration and resulting violence would not have taken place without exposure to Prozac.”Shane was sad, I know that; was that depression, no! Can these prescription drugs help with a broken heart or some other awful life experience? Can they un-break a heart or un-dead a loved one? No, but they can cause these terrible tragedies.
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From the time Shane was prescribed these drugs, he became very restless, which was very unlike him. He seemed to find it hard to stay in the one place for any length of time. What I didn’t understand until later was that this condition is called ‘akathisia’ and is known to be the precursor to suicide and/or homicide. Akathisia is an adverse effect which can be caused by these drugs and is described as ‘inner restlessness’. People suffering from this condition have described it as ‘a living hell’ and also that they would do anything to stop this feeling, including death as a welcome release. My son went from being well respected and loved by his lecturers, friends and family, to a person capable of destroying his own life and that of another human being in 17 days. Whether people believe me or not, matters little to me, as I cannot win either way. I can tell you this though: I knew my son inside out, and if it could happen to Shane, it could happen to you.
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The level of ‘antidepressant’ prescribing has never been so high and yet the suicide rate is rocketing. Join the dots here if you dare and please don’t argue the recession point; I’ve heard it already. We’ve come through the famine, oppressive English rule, Centuries of emigration and barefoot children; for goodness sake, get a grip! The suicide rate has never been so high and the barefoot children are long gone; presumably dead from old age and natural causes, not by their own hand. Each year there is (at least) one antidepressant prescription per year for every man, woman and child in Ireland. If these drugs actually cure people; how come we once had less than 1 per 1000 of us depressed, and now it’s more than 1 in 10? In the year 2010 the cost of medicines in the health service was €1.9 billion. Have we all gone mad? Why do we need €1.9 billion worth of medication every year; were we all born with inherent defects that only the (billion dollar) pharmaceutical industry can fix? Wake up and smell the pharma coffee when you take that statin this morning! Is that antidepressant you just consumed keeping you happy or can you remember either way? Without doubt the most medicated Country in the world is the US; would it surprise you to know that the life expectancy in the US has fallen below that of Cuba?

In the latest revelation within the mental health arena (Oct 2012), the British Medical Journal (BMJ) published a paper which showed that the risk of suicide (in the first year of treatment) for schizophrenia is extraordinarily high. For schizophrenia generally, you are 10 times more likely to be dead at the end of the first year of treatment than you were 100 years ago. Did you read that? 10 TIMES MORE THAN 100 YEARS AGO! Professor Healy (one of the authors) said “the actual risks of suicide (in the first year of treatment) were 100 times greater than those of the general population.”
Also this week, to much fanfare it has to be said, Minister Reilly said a “very good deal” was made with the Pharmaceutical Industry, to cut the State’s drugs bill by up to €400 million. This he said would benefit patients and the taxpayer. Right; excuse the cynicism here but that’s €400 million over 3 years, which is equivalent to a saving of €133 million a year. What’s €1.9 billion divided by €133 million? The Pharmaceutical industry may find this as amusing as I do; laughing all the way to the bank.

It amazes me that drugs with adverse effects such as suicide, depression, aggression and birth defects can be licenced by the Irish Medicines Board and yet the ‘free will’ of the pubic to medicate themselves is taken away by the banning of herbal remedies. I doubt if my son would be dead as a result of consuming a large dose of ‘Echinacea’. While I realise that all prescribed medications come with side-effects, we in Ireland are not afforded the same level of warning that other countries are. For example, all antidepressants come with a black-box warning in the US which signify that these drugs can have serious or even life-threatening adverse effects.
Of course herbal medicines are not without controversy either; St John’s wort, which has similar properties to an antidepressant, was widely known in the farming community to cause miscarriage and birth defects in cattle. Farmers took steps to prevent this drug from coming into contact with their animals; yet pregnant women are afforded no such warning. 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.

I’m not entirely stupid; I know that some drugs can save lives and there will be people who say “the drugs have saved my life”. Who will speak for the dead people though, do they have a voice? €1.9 billion worth of drugs? Surely I’m not the only one who thinks that this is the biggest wheeze of the 21th Century. The number of people requiring medication is increasing every year. Will we eventually face a world where the majority of the human race will be ‘a bit mad ted’ and will therefore be the new class of norm? It could be seen as ‘the’ miracle of the 21th Century, where the meds are cast aside as the now normal ‘mad’ people don’t need them anymore; let’s all embrace the madness. It would surely be interesting to see what subsequently happens to the pharmaceutical industry; spontaneous combustion? Or just a frantic scrambling to find a way to convince people that medicating the ‘normal’ is actually now in Vogue? The old tale of ‘be careful what you wish for’ springs to mind. Dreadful weather, isn’t it?

The Irish Medicines Board declined to comment.
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Link to article. (Courtesy of Mike)
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GlaxoSmithKline awarding the Irish media? No thanks!

‘RTE Radio 1’ has a Facebook page which proudly states “We’re delighted that RTÉ took home three awards at this year’s GSK Irish Medical Media Awards.” Two of the awards were won for documentaries, one on depression and another for clinical trials involving children.

Seriously though? That’s GSK; GlaxoSmithkline! Why is a pharmaceutical company (which has consistently been proven corrupt), sponsoring Ireland’s ‘Medical Media Awards’ and why is this acceptable?

Here’s an Irish article from 1998 which refers to Seroxat/Paxil called ‘Pill to melt shyness‘. The article states that people suffering from this ‘crippling’ illness ‘aren’t aware that they have such a condition’ and that ‘By itself, social phobia doesn’t bring on suicide but combined with other psychiatric illnesses victims are six times more likely than the general population to kill themselves‘. OK, so these poor unfortunate sufferers may go on to kill themselves from shyness and taking Seroxat should fix the problem? The article further states that the time this illness or ‘social phobia’ usually strikes is between the ages of 14 and 16 years old. Hang on a sec!! Panorama did a series of TV documentaries ‘outing’ GSK and the notorious Seroxat. They revealed, among lots of corrupt practices, that in one of GSK’s drug trials, adolescents were six times more likely to become suicidal after taking it. So the illness increases the risk of suicide by 6% and the cure by another 6%; a better mathematician than I would tell you, that’s not a good percentage for a so-called cure!

In July of this year GSK were fined $3 billion in the US for, among other things, illegally promoting this drug for children, despite being aware that the same drug could cause these children to kill themselves.

GSK’s ‘Better Together‘ campaign states…” to ensure Irish patients and consumers can get access to the health care they need, GSK recognise that we must work in partnership with Government, policy makers, healthcare professionals, patient and citizen groups.” I bet they do! Also this, “GSK wants to be healthcare partner of choice, valued for our expertise and trusted for our integrity.” What integrity is that exactly?

Ok, forgetting the fact that they have caused numerous ‘Seroxat induced’ deaths in children and adults; maybe it’s the ‘Avandia Scandal‘ integrity they’re talking about? Avandia is the drug that the FDA scientist ‘Dr. David Graham’ said ‘may have caused as many as 100,000 heart attacks, strokes, deaths and cases of heart failure’ before the drug was finally taken off the market. GSK still clung to the mantra the drug was safe though. Never admit anything? Surely GSK is the last company (apart from Lundbeck) that the Irish Medical Media should associate with? In my humble opinion, the medical media, whose job it is to investigate, should have done a little research into the company who was sponsoring these awards. Then they may have had some integrity of their own and told GSK to stick their awards where the sun doesn’t shine!

https://leoniefennell.wordpress.com/2012/07/04/irish-reports-on-gsks-fraudulent-marketing/

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/03/business/glaxosmithkline-agrees-to-pay-3-billion-in-fraud-settlement.html?pagewanted=all

http://fiddaman.blogspot.ie/2012/10/gsk-flying-flag-of-hypocrisy.html

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Dr Drew Pinsky, Celebrity Rehab and Abbott Laboratories’ Depakote.

 

Dr Drew is notorious for receiving $275,000 from GSK ‘for his services’ to Wellbutrin. His reputation is in shreds due to him promoting this drug unabashed without admitting that he was actually getting paid by GSK to do so. In one particular and ridiculous radio interview he said Wellbrutin (an antidepressant) could have the effect of enabling women to have multiple orgasms. What a plonker; I wonder who participated in that particular study! An Article in the ‘Atlantic’ reported that Dr Drew’s habit of taking money from pharma doesn’t appear to end with GSK. The Article reported that Johnson & Johnson also paid Dr. Drew $74,500, just two years ago.

Last night I came across an old series of ‘Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew’ and recorded it. I was interested to see what this guy was like and if he was believable. The show centres around celebrities who are in various stages of rehab for prescription and illegal drug abuse.

The one that I found really interesting was Gary Bushey, a well known actor. He had been in an accident a number of years before and had suffered a brain injury. Dr Drew enlisted the help of psychiatrist Dr Charles Sophy to test for lasting brain injury. He recommended Depakote. In fact, this drug was mentioned 5 times in about 54 seconds,  twice by Dr Drew, once by Dr Sophy, and twice by Gary himself.

At the end of the meeting, referring to the drug, Gary asked ‘what’s in it for me?’ Dr Sophy answered “a better life”. Funny that; I was under the impression that pharma advertising on American television had to be accompanied with a list of all the possible side-effects. There was no mention that Depakote can come with a number of serious side-effects including depression, abnormal thinking, new or worsening mental or mood changes, emotional upset, depression, psychosis, aggression, hyperactivity, hostility, and behavioral deterioration. Then there is the suicidal thoughts here. That’s quite a number of possible side-effects omitted. A better life? Not necessarily!

In May 2012 Abbott Labs agreed to pay a fine of $1.5 billion to resolve its criminal and civil liability arising from the company’s unlawful promotion of the prescription drug Depakote, Here. According to this statement, the FDA approved Depakote for only three uses: epileptic seizures, bipolar mania and the prevention of migraines.

My point.

Unless I’m very much mistaken, Gary did not have Epilepsy, was not Bipolar and never mentioned having Migraines. Promoting this drug for Gary’s brain-injury on television is surely another example off-label promoting? I wonder who Abbott had to pay to get this advertising? Was it Dr Drew again, Dr Sophy, the TV Channel or all three? Either way, I’d bet my life that money changed hands here somewhere. Naughty, Naughty!

View on YouTube.

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How many ‘Doctor Drews’ are there and is ITV biased?

My opinion that Irish KOPs (Key Opinion Leaders) within the medical field are being corrupted by Pharmaceutical money, is no secret. I do not see how any person who is on a Pharmaceutical company’s payroll, can give the public unbiased ‘medication’ advice in the media! I wonder which Irish ‘medical professionals’ will be exposed when this country eventually catches up with full-disclosure?

The latest ‘doctor’ to be caught, albeit not in Ireland, is Dr. Drew Pinsky. He was exposed as part of the fall-out with GSK’s 3 Billion dollar fine. It’s interesting that GSK didn’t seem to have any problem hanging this guy out to dry.

 The Wall Street Journal had this to say about Dr Pinsky:

In June 1999, popular radio personality Dr. Drew Pinsky used the airwaves to extol the virtues of GlaxoSmithKline PLC’s antidepressant Wellbutrin, telling listeners he prescribes it and other medications to depressed patients because it “may enhance or at least not suppress sexual arousal” as much as other antidepressants do. But one thing listeners didn’t know was that, two months before the program aired, Dr. Pinsky—who gained fame as “Dr. Drew” during years co-hosting a popular radio sex-advice show “Loveline”—received the second of two payments from Glaxo totaling $275,000 for “services for Wellbutrin.”

This reminded me of an e-mail I had sent to ITV’s ‘ThisMorning’ show last year. I had e-mailed the show regarding a segment they did on a man with depression that day. The ITV doctor spoke of antidepressants and how the drugs can be of great benefit. I remember waiting for him to include something about the dangers and that the drugs can also have terrible side-effects, including suicide, aggression and extreme personality changes. I was left waiting! I’m not accusing the ITV doctor of receiving Pharma money, BUT, I AM saying that ITV should be giving both sides of the story. Why would ITV allow such a unilateral approach on these dangerous drugs to be delivered to the public? The e-Mails I sent and received in reply sums it up. In another lifetime I would have found it funny…

  

3/10/11 

ThisMorning

Hi there,

I have just listened to the discussion on depression and while anti-depressants can and do work for some people, extreme caution has to be advised due to the very serious side-effects associated with these drugs. My 22 year old son killed himself and another young man while on cipramil (celexa) for 17 days. He never had a violent bone in his body. There are plenty of warnings out there about these drugs and as long as patients and their parents and/or caregivers are informed about these possible side effects, then they can make their own informed choice.

Professor David Healy of Cardiff university has done a lot of work on this issue and has written about suicide/homicide associated with these drugs!

I think people should be made aware that they don’t work for everyone and can have a complete opposite effect of a “happy pill”.

Kind Regards,

Leonie Fennell

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Reply from ThisMorning show:

Mendez, Jackie jackie.mendez@itv.com

3/10/11

to me

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3/10/11

 

Hi Jackie,

Thanks for the offer of the helpline numbers, my son is dead so it’s a bit too late for me though!

I would much rather see a slot on your show dedicated to the serious side effects of these drugs. I get seriously worried for people when I see a piece like todays because despite the fact that the medication worked for that guy, there was no spokesperson for the other argument. I have of course seen the panorama programme but I hadn’t even heard of it before Shane died.

It’s partly the reason that I sent my son to the doctor to get an anti-depressant because I had seen programmes like that and was sure that medication would give him a boost and had never heard or seen anything to do with side effects of suicide/violence.

There are numerous warnings of suicide/violence including coming from the E.U, a blackbox warning in the U.S, warnings of self harm and harm to others and also an anti-depressant effexor with “homicidal ideation” listed on the patient information leaflet.

The Commission of the European Communities issued a warning against child antidepressant use, stating the drugs can cause suicidal behavior including suicide attempts and suicidal ideation, aggression, hostility (predominantly aggression, oppositional behavior and anger) and/or related behavior and for which the age has been upped to include 18-25 year olds.

As I said Professor David Healy can give the medical facts if you’re interested. He was the “Expert witness” at my son’s Inquest in Ireland and the jury returned an open verdict because of the medication in his system (despite the fact there could be no doubt that he actually killed himself).

I would be extremely worried that someone would see your show and think that it’s a good idea to medicate their child, husband ect;

Kind regards,

Leonie

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Irish reports on GSK’s fraudulent marketing.

Following yesterdays news that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has been fined $3 billion for fraudulently marketing their products, I found the differences in Irish reporting and worldwide reports quite frightening. In the Irish Times and RTE News articles it reported, that among GlaxoSmithKline’s wrongdoing, was illegally marketing Paxil to children. OK SO FAR!

NO-WHERE in either Article does it say that the reason this marketing was so abhorrent, is because this drug increases the risk of suicide in children, a fact well known to GSK and the regulators (Under 25’s).

In contrast to the Irish reports, the New York Times and The UK Independent both include the fact that this drug can cause suicide in young people. I wonder why Irish people are not getting the same facts.

The other surprise was that no-where in these Irish Articles did it say that Paxil is marketed as Seroxat in Ireland. The Irish public would probably have never heard of Paxil but would certainly have heard of the publicity, mostly bad, surrounding Seroxat.

I recommend, that if anyone really wants to know the true appalling facts surrounding GSK, then there is no better place to get information than Bobby and Truthman’s websites.

Irish reporting: Irish Times Article and The RTE News Article.

UK and US reporting: UK Independent Article and The New York Times Article.

Interestingly Seroxat was again in the Irish papers (Irish Independent) this week, named as Seroxat not Paxil, here “Man attacked terrified party guest with sword after mixing alcohol and medication”.

Update: What I should have made clearer is that the European suicide warnings with these drugs are for under 25’s. If anyone has read the stories on this blog and others, age has nothing to do with a drug-induced suicide. Ask Brian PalmerRobert Raines or Donald Schell (Prozac, Celexa and Seroxat/Paxil)

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Oops…. Did pharma really say that?

Last week I came across this article on IrishHealth.com on depression where it states “It is believed that depression is linked to an imbalance of chemicals within the brain” and SNRI’s “work on both serotonin and noradrenaline to achieve a better balance of chemicals in the brain to alleviate depression”. The chemical imbalance theory again? No such thing has ever been proven!! There is no test, never has been, which can prove any chemical is related to depression. It was a theory which drug companies used (and gullible doctors copied) to persuade people that there was something inherently wrong with their brain.

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Anyway, it made me think about the ridiculous things drug company representatives have said and subsequently been caught out. Here’s a selection….

(1) Pfizer, speaking of Celebrex: They swallowed our story, hook, line and sinker,” Link.

(2) Lundbeck, speaking of Indocin IV (used for treating premature babies): “We can price these almost anywhere we want given the product profiles”Link.

(3) Pfizer, speaking of Zoloft and Prozac: ‘Marketing are very aware that a patient on Zoloft involved in an incident of mass homicide could severly affect the image and commercial success of Zoloft’. “I do not think fluoxetine are ‘out of the woods’ as regards their association with violence/ suicidality.” Link.

(4) Eli-Lilly, Speaking of Prozac: “Anything that happens in the UK (England) can threaten this drug (Prozac) in the US and worldwide. We are now expending enormous efforts fending off attacks because of (1) relationship to murder and (2) inducing suicidal ideation.” Link.

(5) Eli-Lilly, Speaking of Prozac: “I do not think I could explain to the BGA, a judge, to a reporter or even to my family why we would do this especially on the sensitive issue of suicide and suicidal ideation.” Link.

(6) GSK, Speaking of Seroxat: “The evidence, however, is clear, these medicines are not linked with suicide, these medicines are not linked with an increased rate of self harm.” Of course that was before they had to admit that Seroxat actually could cause suicide Link.

(7) GSK, Again speaking of Seroxat: “I utterly refute any allegations we are sitting on data, that [we] have withheld data or anything like that.” That was before GSK were found guilty of hiding the data, including suicides, caused by Seroxat Link, and hiding the data which included heart risks and deaths caused by Avandia Link.

(8) GSK: ‘The vast majority of drugs – more than 90 per cent – only work in 30 to 50 per cent of the people, I wouldn’t say that most drugs don’t work. I would say that most drugs work in 30 to 50 per cent of people. Drugs out there on the market work, but they don’t work in everybody.” Link.

(9) Lundbeck, statement after Shane’s Inquest: “Extensive scientific studies have shown that there is no evidence linking citalopram to violent behaviour.” and “A review of all available data for citalopram (that from clinical trials and that collated after the medicine was made available) shows no increased risk of suicide.” Silly billies…They had forgotten about writing this letter to the Canadians warning of ‘self harm and harm to others’, Link

GSK’s stupid statements came courtesy of ‘Seroxat sufferers stand up and be counted’ Here. He actually gave me a page-load but I decided to keep it short!

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Is big pharma misleading the Chinese public?

There was an Article published this week in the China Daily entitled “Antidepressants do help mildly depressed“. Link.

The Article suggests that following a review of past studies, people with mild depression may benefit from taking antidepressants. The Article includes a quote from a doctor who worked on the study, Dr David Hellerstein, who stated “I think there’s a valid concern … that if someone has not-that-severe depression that hasn’t lasted that long, maybe it will get better itself or with therapy”.                                                                                         

Dr David Hellerstein, from the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University further stated that the question of whether or not to prescribe medication shouldn’t necessarily come down to how severe the depression is but rather how long symptoms have lasted. Although he states that people with “transient depression” shouldn’t be taking the risk of being on meds, the Article gives the overall impression that antidepressants can and do help the mildly depressed.

Reuters Health also reported on the study, here, where Dr Hellerstein was quoted again “Drugs may come with side effects, including insomnia and stomach aches, but they’re usually minor”. No mention of suicide or homicide Ideation then Dr. Hellerstein?

It’s no secret that the major pharmaceutical companies have targeted China in the last few years as this Article suggests, entitled “Lundbeck sees China as land of opportunity for Lexapro”. Link.

The problem is that because of the serious side effects of this medication, it is only approved for Major Depressive Disorder, MDD. Articles like the one in the China Daily are misleading the Chinese public, as it was designed to do, I’m sure.

Dr Hellerstein’s declarations of interest include Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Forest Pharmaceuticals, GlaxoSmithKline, and Bristol-Myers Squibb, all of whom manufacture psychiatric drugs.

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New guidelines for pharmaceutical companies in Ireland.

New guidelines for pharmaceutical companies in Ireland.

Last week the Irish Times reported that there are new guidelines for Irish-based pharmaceutical companies. These new guidelines have set out strict criteria for the promotion of new drugs to health professionals. This should effectively stop the big pharma funding our healthcare professional’s foreign holidays, top sporting events and exclusive dinners; this is done to promote their products, pretty persuasive too. Bet the words Suicide ideation never gets a mention at one of those evenings.

There are two interesting points in the article:

(i)                Pharmaceutical companies must also declare for the first time in clear language the support they give to patients’ associations.

 (ii)               Consultants who have entered contractual arrangements with companies or are employed on a part-time basis while still practising their profession, should be “strongly encouraged” to declare their arrangements with the company.

Patients’ associations and depression websites funded by pharmaceutical companies who manufacture drugs for the same conditions? Hmm. It will be interesting to see, when Lundbeck, GSK, Pfizer ect, make these declarations, which patients’ associations and depression websites they prop up.

It will also be interesting to see exactly which Consultants are funded by the Pharma industry!

Entire Article.

Nearly two years ago the Irish Medicines Board was supposed to provide public access to the declarations of interest of its staff, board and committee members in pharmaceutical companies; this has still not been done.

https://leoniefennell.wordpress.com/2011/07/17/conflict-of-interest-in-irelands-drug-regulator-the-imb/

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India: 12 doctors fined €72 for performing illegal drug trials on children and mentally ill patients.

Here we go again, corruption of the worst kind within the pharmaceutical industry. This week GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has been fined again, this time over the deaths of 14 babies during illegal drug trials in Argentina. Link.

In 1996 another Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer was involved in the killing of 11 Nigerian babies and the injuring of numerous others, in an illegal drug trial of their experimental anti-meningitis drug Trovan. Link.

BABIES!!

It amazes me that in 2012 testing drugs on babies, whether illegal or not, is still allowed to go on.

In fact, the EMA actually permit it, allowing Lundbeck and other corrupt pharma companies to test adult drugs on children. Quote from their e-mail to me …”Marketing-authorisation applications for new medicinal products not authorised in the EU before 26 July 2008 have to include the results of studies conducted in the paediatric population. There are exceptions and paediatric trials are not needed if the medicine is not to be used in children under any circumstances or if the disease or condition for which the medicine is to be used for only occurs in adults. These exceptions do not apply to SSRI antidepressant medicines and Paediatric Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is one area where paediatric pharmaceutical research can improve. Therefore it is important that clinical trials are carried out in this group to clearly establish the risks and the benefits of these medicines in children”. Would they allow tesing on their own children I wonder? Or would they, like Dr. Madsen (the Lundbeck director and medical expert) decline to answer that one?

India again.

Last week the Madhya Pradesh government  fined 12 doctors Rs 5,000 (€72), for illegally conducting drug trials on mentally challenged patients and children. Again the most vulnerable people in society are being used and abused by corporations with plenty of money to buy corrupt doctors. The pharmaceutical companies who pay for these trials should be held accountable, along with the doctors. No mention of which company or companies paid for the trial, whether this is common practice and has the results of previous trials been relied upon for the licencing of other medication. Again, who’s regulating the regulators?

Human rights groups have previously raised concerns that India is turning into a hot spot for drug trials, where hospital patients are being used as guinea pigs for the world’s pharmaceutical companies, sometimes without consent. Link. In 2002, a 22 year old, Dharmesh Vasava, died while undergoing a drug trial for Citalopram. Despite this, 7 years later, this medication went on to kill my 22 year old son!

Sky news reported this week that low costs, weak laws and inadequate enforcement and penalties are blamed for making India an attractive destination for conducting the tests.

The whistleblower in this case Dr Anand Rai (who was suspended from his job following his complaint) said “Drug trials were performed on patients who had gone to the hospitals for routine treatment. It’s a criminal offence to put them under drug trials without consent.”

The State government expressed its inability to conduct any detailed investigation involving the patient/subjects under trials, citing legal provisions that protect the identity of trial subjects.

Dharmesh: https://leoniefennell.wordpress.com/2011/05/21/india/

https://leoniefennell.wordpress.com/2011/07/21/are-the-people-of-india-being-used-and-abused-by-the-pharmaceutical-giants/

https://leoniefennell.wordpress.com/2011/05/21/india/

https://leoniefennell.wordpress.com/2011/05/27/deanxit-the-new-delhi-government-and-lundbeck-fraud/

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Suicide, Suicide, Suicide…60 Minutes New Zealand.

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?

This video was aired a few hours ago in New Zealand. It’s 18 minutes long…please watch it and stop this from happening to your family! Click on the Picture above to view. (May have to click twice)

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.