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Oops…. Did pharma really say that?

Last week I came across this article on 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.


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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How safe is Lundbeck’s new drug LU AA21004?

Lundbeck’s PR department are going into overdrive at the moment. Due to the patents expiring on Celexa and Lexapro, Lundbeck are heavily reliant on finding the next block-buster drug. They seem to think they have found it in LU AA21004. This drug is also known as vortioxetine and according to Lundbeck, 8 out of 10 trials have shown the drug to be effective in depression. The information on Lundbeck’s proposed new drug on the Clinical Trials website include 5 clinical trials conducted in India, here.

It’s unfortunate that in the same week that Lundbeck are found to be flouting the rules by advertising their “anti-anxiety” drug Deanxit contrary to Indian law, it has also emerged that the company may have been ghostwriting their own material.

A report published this week by the Parliment of India has found; In case of sertindole (Serdolect of Lundbeck), an anti-psychotic drug, three experts located at three different places (a Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry of Stanley Medical College, Chennai; Professor of SKP Psychiatric Nursing Home, Ahmedabad and a Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry of LTM Medical College, Mumbai) wrote letters of recommendation in nearly word-to-word, identical language and not surprisingly all of them used the incorrect full form of DCGI in the address! Is such a coincidence possible unless the person behind the scene who actually drafted the letters is one and the same person?  Full report.

Now, one would have to consider, if Lundbeck are continuously using corrupt practices in India, as I have previously shown with the licencing of Deanxit here, how can their findings with LU AA21004 be relied upon?


Deanxit is another of lundbeck’s controversial and dangerous drugs and another example of Lundbeck committing corruption, deceit and fraud within the approval process.

Lundbeck lied to get approval for this drug by stating that at one meeting, 7 leading psychiatrists recommended that the drug should be registered for sale in Sri Lanka, when in fact journalist Anne Lea Landsted was able to prove that 3 of the psychiatrists had never even been at the meeting! Her letter can be found here…Link.  Lundbeck later apologised and offered to withdraw the drug from the Sri Lankan market, but surprisingly, it’s still there!


Carl Hugod is a medical expert who worked in the Danish National Board of Health. He was contacted by two journalists investigating Lundbeck’s Cipramil/Celexa. Carl agreed to look through the scientific papers which Lundbeck submitted for the licencing of this drug. What he found was that scientifically, the evidence was very poor and there was nothing to show that this drug was any better than other ssri’s and in fact could possibly be worse. He said that on a scientific level this work would not have been accepted in a university and was another case of Lundbeck doing whatever was needed to get a drug licenced, by fraud and corruption. Lundbeck manipulated the data from the Cipramil studies to show that this drug was better than other ssri’s when in fact it clearly wasn’t. Carl made a complaint to the board of scientific fraud and said“In my opinion the National Board of Health should never have been satisfied with this utterly disgraceful lack of scientific documentation concerning the drug’s effectiveness.” He publicly voiced his concerns that some professionals on the licencing board were being paid by “The Lundbeck Fund” which Lundbeck said was an entirely different company…! Link.


Lexapro was another dubious example of the way Lundbeck got through the approval process. This drug came about immediately after the patent for Celexa ran out. A Brussels Court found both to be the same product here. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism also raised questions whether the trial was truly independent or if Lundbeck’s connections with Arbacom, a Russian company that sponsored the ‘independent’ trial was an issue here. The BMJ reported that Lundbeck breached the UK industry ‘code of practice’ by claiming that its new offering, escitalopram (Lexapro/Cipralex), was more effective than citalopram (Celexa), even though the two drugs have exactly the same active ingredient here.

Then there is the small matter that Lundbeck is currently being investigated by the European Commission. The EC has opened a formal antitrust investigation to examine potential breaches of EU rules on restrictive business practices and on the abuse of a dominant market position under Articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). Link.

So considering Shane and all the other deaths associated with these drugs, can Lundbeck be trusted when they talk about the efficacy of their latest invention LU AA21004?

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Lundbeck; You’re not such a sport.

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, a pharmaceuticals giant and a major manufacturer of antidepressants, has fully funded an Irish depression awareness campaign called Lean on Me.

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?)

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STAR*D raises its ugly head again.

STAR*D raises its ugly head again.

I have briefly mentioned the latest LawSuit involving allegations of kickbacks and bribes committed by Forest Labs. For people who are not familiar with the pharmaceutical industry, let me explain, Forest are Lundbeck’s partner in crime, who market Citalopram and Escitalopram to the American public.

Forest have the dubious reputation of peddling their medication (off-label) to children. They previously paid 313 million to settle criminal and civil complaints for illegally promoted Citalopram/Celexa/Cipramil for use in children. This was despite a very clear black box warning that this drug could induce sucidality in young people (Under 25’s) and that the same drug was not licenced for under 18’s for that reason. NY Times.

The latest whistleblower suit unsealed in Maryland federal court last month, claim that Forest paid kickbacks and bribes to the main author of the STAR*D drug study, Dr. A. John Rush. The suit alleges that Dr Rush of the University of Texas was paid these bribes so that he would rig the STAR*D study in favor of the company’s drug Celexa. The STAR*D study (Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression) was conducted over 6 years, was funded by NIMH and cost $35 million; that’s not including Forest’s bribary stash account.

Robert Whitaker, whose book “Anatomy of an Epidemic” won an award for best investigative journalism book of 2010, has been campaigning for a full Investigation into the STAR*D scandal. Here.

STAR*D: What Have We Learned? In 2007 the American Journal of Psychiatry published a paper by Dr Rush entitled “STAR*D: What Have We Learned?” Link. In the last paragraph he says “Finally, on a personal note, large efforts like STAR*D are the ultimate exercise in “delayed gratification.” I bet it was.


His declared conflicts of interest:

Dr. Rush has served as an advisor, consultant, or speaker for or received research support from Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc.; Best Practice Project Management, Inc.; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Cyberonics, Inc.; Eli Lilly & Company; Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Gerson Lehman Group; GlaxoSmithKline; Healthcare Technology Systems, Inc.; Jazz Pharmaceuticals; Merck & Co., Inc.; the National Institute of Mental Health; Neuronetics; Ono Pharmaceutical; Organon USA Inc.; Personality Disorder Research Corp.; Pfizer Inc.; the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; the Stanley Medical Research Institute; the Urban Institute; and Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories Inc. He has equity holdings in Pfizer Inc and receives royalty/patent income from Guilford Publications and Healthcare Technology Systems, Inc. Dr. Freedman reviewed this editorial and found no evidence of influence from these relationships. (Really Dr Freedman?)

STAR*D: What Have We Learned? Well I for one have learned that Celexa can cause extremely violent deaths. I have learned that Forest labs and Lundbeck are aware that their drugs can cause suicide and homicide. I have also learned that kickbacks and bribes are an integral part of their operation. Fancy doing a paper on that Dr. Rush?

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Citalopram and Escitalopram: Risk of sudden death and more allegations of Kickback and Bribes.

Photo courtesy of “Systems of Care Yakima”.

Lundbeck and Forest Labs. This picture is an old advert for Cipramil. Who’s the ass?

Citalopram and Escitalopram: Sudden death, Kickback, Bribes and falsification of the effectiveness of Celexa. Two more articles were published this week involving the dubious Lundbeck and their American partners Forest Labs.

The Irish medical Times reported this week that Citalopram and escitalopram have been found to cause a dose-dependent prolongation of the QT interval. Link. This can cause serious heart problems which can be fatal Link.

Last October the Irish Medicines Board, IMB, issued a warning that Citalopram could cause this problem. The warning also made a week referrence to Escitalopram. I pointed out that considering a Brussles Court found both products to be the same, surely the same warning should be attached to both, albeit identical, medications. Link. Why has it taken so long to admit that the problem can be caused by both products?

Another interesting point in the same Article is that Healthcare professionals are advised to review elderly patients dosage and if needed gradually reduce the dose accordingly. The Article further states that “the product information advises on how to minimise the risk of withdrawal symptoms”. WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS? Is Lundbeck finally admitting that this medication can be highly addictive? Pharmaceutical companies rarely use the words “withdrawal symptoms” and normally prefer to use the word “discontinuation” as they never admit that SSRI’s are addictive.


Another Suit involving kickbacks and bribes by Forest Labs.

Law360, New York (January 25, 2012, 10:19 PM ET) —

A whistleblower suit unsealed in Maryland federal court on Friday claims a Forest Laboratories Inc. unit paid kickbacks to the main author of a federally funded antidepressant drug study so he would rig it in favor of the company’s drug Celexa, in violation of the False Claims Act.

The suit, originally filed by relator and psychologist H. Edmund Pigott in March, alleges that Forest paid kickbacks and bribes to Dr. John Rush of the University of Texas’ Southwest Medical Center, the principal investigator of the $35 million study, contracted by the National Institute of Mental Health in 1999, as well as other investigators.

The suit claims that Rush and his fellow investigators chose Celexa as the only antidepressant employed in the first leg of the study, giving it a huge advantage over competing antidepressants, which caused falsification and overstatement of the effectiveness of Celexa when the study’s findings were published in 2006. Full Article here

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Another two Inquests this month; Citalopram involved in both.

Two Inquests this month concerned two young women who were both suffering from anorexia. Both had been prescribed Citalopram shortly before their death.

An inquest at Southwark Coroner’s Court yesterday dealt with a paediatrician, Dr Melanie Spooner, 30. Dr Spooner had battled an eating disorder since the age of 13. She was found dead by her parents in her London flat on September 25 2011, after suffering heart failure. “Sudden cardiac deaths are recognised in anorexia, so I think that’s the most likely cause of her death,” said pathologist Dr Peter Jerreat.

A report from her GP surgery said she had been prescribed citalopram, an anti-depressant, shortly before her death.

Did anyone acknowledge or voice concerns that Citalopram has recently been found to cause sudden cardiac deaths?  Citalopram heart risk.

According to the FDA, Celexa “can cause abnormal changes to the electrical activity of the heart.” These changes, known as prolongation of the QT interval, can lead to fatal changes in the heart’s rhythm. Link.

At another Inquest this month, Katie Lumb, 23, a promising medical student who also battled with an eating disorder, died when her severely-emaciated body failed to cope with anti-depressants prescribed by her GP mother. Recording a narrative verdict, West Yorkshire coroner David Hinchliff said: ‘A post mortem examination shows the cause of death to be citalopram toxicity. Link.

How many more deaths will occur before the IMB or the EMA will do their job?

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How many deaths this week from Citalopram?

 How many more people will this drug kill before someone puts a stop to this madness?

Here’s another four stories I have come across lately. Citalopram seems to be increasingly effective as a depressant.

How many people has it killed today and why is the IMB allowed to pass the blame with ridiculous statements like “the risk outweigh the benefits”? You think…

May 13, 2011. Katie Lumb, 23, A promising medical student who battled with an eating disorder died when her severely-emaciated body failed to cope with anti-depressants prescribed by her GP mother, a Leeds inquest has heard. Recording a narrative verdict, West Yorkshire coroner David Hinchliff said: ‘A post mortem examination shows the cause of death to be citalopram toxicity. Link.

February 2010, Martin Boyle, 40, soaked himself in petrol and threatened to ignite the fumes during a siege at his home. He later fell unconscious and was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital. Home Office pathologist Dr Naomi Carter gave the cause of death as ‘acute alcohol toxicity enhanced by citalopram’. Link.

September 22, 2011. John Eyre, 47, a Former Royal Navy officer died after choking on his own vomit following a heavy drinking session. Coroner, Geoffrey Saul, said: “He [John Russell Eyre] died following aspiration of gastric contents due to alcoholic intoxication and the effects of citalopram.” Link.

October 15 2008, Cyril Aldridge, 59, a dad of four, took a fatal overdose of his anti-depressant drug Citalopram before hanging himself from the loft space of his home in Noake Road, Hucclecote. Pathologist Dr John McCarthy said death was due to hanging. Blood and urine samples revealed he had two-and-a-half times the alcohol limit for a driver in his body and a toxic level of his Citalopram medication. Link.

Probably should add these people to the hall of shame.

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Professor David Healy.


Professor David Healy is a world renowned medical expert who testified at Shane’s Inquest. He compiled a detailed report for the Inquest which is attached on the right for anyone who needs an explanation or any information.

Prof. Healy has written a new book, entitled Pharmageddon. Click on the picture to view an excerpt.

Having read “Let them eat prozac”, I can tell you, he pulls no punches and every revelation is backed up by hard facts. He has also set up a new data-based website,, where he states, inter alia, “In mental health for instance drug-induced problems are the leading cause of death”.

Adverse drug events are now the fourth leading cause of death in hospitals. It’s a reasonable bet they are an even greater cause of death in non-hospital settings where there is no one to monitor things going wrong and no one to intervene to save a life. In mental health for instance drug-induced problems are the leading cause of death — and these deaths happen in community rather than hospital settings”.

Professor Healy is my hero. He is Shane’s hero. He, like Dr. Michael Corry before him, put his reputation on the line for my son. I’m sure he was well aware, that by testifying at Shane’s Inquest, and stating that SSRI’s can cause suicide and homicide, he was going to incur the wrath of the Irish College of Psychiatry. He did just that. Here, here and here.

I won’t go on about what this man did for my family (F.O.C) because he might think I’m a bit of a weirdo; suffice to say, he made life for us worth living.

I have absolutely no doubt that his book will rattle a few cages and that his new blog will change people’s attitude to mental health treatment and prescribing.

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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.


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.


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Risk of Sudden Death with Citalopram and Escitalopram.

Risk of Sudden Death with Citalopram and Escitalopram.

The warnings with this drug just keep coming, but how late for how many? Citalopram already comes with side-effects listed as: aggravated depression, suicide attempt, confusion, aggressive reaction, depersonalization, hallucination, psychotic depression, delusion, paranoid reaction, psychosis, and not forgetting, self-harm and harm to others.

This week the IMB (Irish Medicines Board and protector of Irish consumers), issued yet another warning for the depressant/antidepressant Citalopram, aka Cipramil/Celexa. Link.

For ordinary consumers like us, and what it doesn’t clarify on this warning is this, a prolonged QT interval is a biomarker for ventricular tachyarrhythmias like torsades de pointes, and a risk factor for sudden death. Yep…sudden death!

Surprising or not, is the fact that the latest Cipramil warning for Irish consumers, comes almost 3 months after the FDA in the U.S. issued the same warning. Link. Has anyone died from a sudden death linked to Cipramil in the last 3 months or would that be classed as collateral damage, or the risks outweighing the benefits maybe?

The warning also states that this problem has also been reported with some other SSRI’s including the S-enantiomer of Citalopram (Escitalopram).

Well, considering the Irish Medicines Board do not have an SSRI expert, it may have escaped their attention that last month in a Brussels Court, Citalopram was held to be the same product as Escitalopram, meaning that the same warnings should be attached to both, albeit identical, medications. Link.