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The Sherif Sultan Saga

Mr ForgetfulThere’s been an interesting development today in the ‘Sherif Sultan’ Saga.

Remember, Mr Sultan is the consultant in Galway who received an official warning from the HSE for speaking out on the dangers of taking statin drugs? This followed the publication of his paper here-The ugly side of Statins. He 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.”

The picture you may think is a random one, but no, it’s a reminder (no pun intended) that the FDA have recently added ‘memory loss’ to the ever growing list of serious statin adverse effects.

So Mr Sultan was slapped with a gagging order (aka ‘STFU’ order) by the HSE. Did he accept this lying down? No he didn’t! Was he willing to keep taking the paycheck and stop warning his patients that statins are dangerous and usually unnecessary? Nope! What he did say was “Odds are greater than 100 to 1 that if you’re taking a statin, you don’t really need it” and further “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.” 

Thankfully the Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) have stepped in. Replying to the 2 senior executives, the IHCA have asked for the gagging order to be revoked. According to the Irish Independent, the reply states that there is “no provision in a hospital consultant’s contract to check with their employer the content of any comment they want to make to the public” and further that consultants have an “ethical, legal and moral obligation to advocate on behalf of their patients”.

Are we seeing the start of a revolt, an ethical army led by Mr Sultan? I sure hope so. The pharmaceutical influence in the ‘illness’ profession has reigned and dictated for long enough. It’s about time that someone stood up to Goliath. Will it be David again, or Sherif, or hopefully both? Who could have foreseen that the revolution would start in Ireland?

So the next time your doctor insists that you need that box of Pfizer pills or Lilly drug, ask him/her what he thinks of that surgeon in Galway who said “in Healthy patients with no cardiovascular history, statins have no proven benefit – in medical terms no scientific evidence for the use of statin in primary prevention.”

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Dr Sherif (Hippocrates) Sultan.

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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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Zoloft induced Suicide

Zoloft suicideHere’s an interesting story which Brian of AntiDepAware posted about last week.

A law firm based in Leeds (Ison Harrison) negotiated a settlement for a client after a pharmacy dispensed antidepressants rather than migraine medication. I was able to find out that the antidepressant was Sertraline aka Zoloft/Lustral. What is interesting is the adverse effects this woman had from taking Sertraline. As well as suffering from severe abdominal cramps, diarrhoea and becoming uncoordinated, she felt suicidal. Here is a clear indication that this dangerous drug, not the underlying illness (migraine), can induce a person to become suicidal.

This is the same drug which University College Cork professor, Ted Dinan, defended in the Irish media, stating – ‘The public should have no concerns about these drugs’. His statement followed an inquest in Cork where Nicolas Maguire’s family tried to raise public awareness on the dangers of antidepressant medication. Excerpt Below:

“However, Professor Ted Dinan, a professor of Psychiatry at Cork University Hospital and an expert in pharmacology, said Mr Maguire had severe depression. “People with severe depression can experience profound personality change. It doesn’t mean the drugs were to blame,” he said. He said there is an increased risk of suicide in people who are in the “recovery phase” of depression, and that he is not aware of any convincing evidence that taking Sertraline actually leads to suicidal behaviour. In fact, in countries where drugs like it have been introduced, the rate of suicide has actually dropped, he said. “The use of Sertraline helps to reduce suicidality and reduce depression. The public should have no concerns about these drugs,” he said.” 

IsonNewspaper Article.

David Healy on Zoloft induced suicide.

Ted Dinan has previously declared links to Pfizer, the makers of Sertraline. He is also a faculty member of the Lundbeck Institute and has also publicly involved himself in ‘The Shane Clancy Affair’. He was quoted as saying “I can say with 100 per cent certainty and without any fear of contradiction” that modern anti-depressants such as the drug Citalopram (sold as Cipramil) which Mr Clancy took do not cause people to commit murder.” He added that there was no evidence either that the drugs cause patients to take their own lives.

  • Declaration of interest 

  • T.G.D. has lectured at meetings and served on advisory boards organised by companies promoting antipsychotic medications, including Eli Lilly, Janssen-Cilag, Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

Surely the objectivity of our key opinion leaders’ advice, particularly on such an important issue, is of utmost importance. There is a clear ‘perception of bias’ here; which could give rise to the argument that the opinion of our leading ‘experts’ is for sale.

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Pharma advertising In Ireland

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It takes a lot to shock me nowadays, but I admit to being shocked by an article in todays Irish Independent. It reported here that cheese advertisements will have to carry a health warning in order to limit intake under new restrictions on advertising to children. Cheese will carry a health warning as part of a bid to tackle childhood obesity; yet antidepressants are handed out like bloody smarties and your friendly GP will not give you a health warning on the doubling of suicide and violence risk? That makes no sense.

Under EU legislation, Ireland does not permit ‘direct to consumer’ (DTC) advertising for prescription products. This is unlike in the US and New Zealand where DTC advertising is permitted. In the case of a TV advertisement in the US, it must include a “major statement” for prescription drugs. A major statement must include a ‘spoken’ presentation of the drug’s most important risks. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), this must be done in a way that is clear, conspicuous, and neutral.  In addition, they must include either every risk or provide enough sources (adequate provision) for the audience to obtain the drugs prescribing information.

EU advertising restrictions must mean that Irish broadcasting must be safer for the consumer, right? Actually, it doesn’t seem so. Last week I watched an Advert on TV3 regarding ‘Centrine Allergy’ which is an ‘over the counter’ antihistamine made by Rowex pharmaceuticals in County Cork. Considering there was no listed side-effects, this advert seemed to imply that Centrine Allergy is pretty harmless, so I looked up the patient  information leaflet (PIL). The possible adverse effects of taking this antihistamine include depression, hallucination, aggression, extreme fatigue, agitation, rapid heart beat, swelling, changes in liver function,weight increase, convulsions, confusion, difficulty in sleeping, difficulty focusing, blurred vision, unusual eye movements, fainting, tremor, tics, pain and/or difficulty passing water and memory loss.

It could be argued that this medication should not have OTC status considering the dangerous side-effects which can occur with consumption. Surely the advert should, at the very least, include the serious side effects above? What about the safety of the unborn baby? Surely pregnant women should be advised, that as Rowex admit to ‘limited experience’ within pregnancy, their advise is to ‘use with caution’, and further, that Centrine allergy should not be used during breast-feeding.

I sent off a complaint to TV3 and got a swift response the following day. The response included “The advertisement to which you refer is entirely in accordance with all relevant regulation. There is no requirement under regulation to include all the possible side-effects of a medicinal product in an advertisement” and “the advertisement clearly states through text at the bottom of the screen, that you should always read the label and to ask your pharmacist for further information. There was no attempt to mislead the public about the possible side effects of this medicine.” If this is the case, and there is no requirement to include all (or any) side effects with DTC pharma advertising, the regulations need further regulating! I sent my complaint and the TV3 reply on to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), so we’ll have to wait and see what happens next.

Centrine Allergy PIL here.

While I was trying to find the advertisement to record, I came across this one above, advocating for the ‘early diagnosis and treatment’ of Arthritis. It recommended sending off for a free information pack to ‘Arthritis Ireland’. Note the Pfizer logo on the bottom right. It seems their latest campaign to ‘raise awareness’ is in partnership with Pfizer, who just happen to be seeking EMA approval for their new Arthritis medication; now there’s a surprise! In Nov 2012 the FDA approved Pfizer’s Xeljanz (Tofacitinib) for patients with Arthritis. The EMA though rejected Pfizer’s initial application, concluding that the serious side-effects such as liver damage, certain cancers and gastro-intestinal perforations, meant that the ‘benefits did not outweigh the risks’. Pfizer was not to be deterred. Dr Yvonne Greenstreet, Pfizer’s senior vice-president of medicines development, stated “The re-examination process will enable us to seek to address the CHMP’s questions, and we will continue to work closely with the EMA with the goal of making this medication available to the appropriate patients in Europe.” Hmm; I get the feeling that ‘Arthritis Ireland’ is being used as a pawn by Pfizer in the EMA approval process. Only time will tell!

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Operation Transformation; reduce your cholesterol without statins.

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Operation Transformation is an Irish TV show which has been on our screens for the last 6 years. It’s great TV and highly entertaining; probably not quite as good as it was when Gerry Ryan was the main man, but a great show all the same. It’s about people losing weight and changing their lives for a happier and healthier existence.

I thought part of last night’s show was (in part) quite ironic. One of the five leaders is Gavin from Tallaght. His description on the website states “Recently separated, Gavin (35) is starting over but his weight is preventing him from moving on. Originally from Tallaght, he now lives in Kill, Co. Kildare. He has four children, who he sees regularly and are a major source of motivation to him.” Gavin seems like a really nice fella and I was particularly interested to see that he works at Pfizer. Even his friends, the Pfizer staff, seemed lovely. Meh! (Now I feel like I can’t write about Pfizer’s wrongdoings but you can always Google it yourself). I must be going soft! Now Pfizer, you may be aware make Lipitor, a statin which lowers cholesterol. Wiki: “The best selling drug in pharmaceutical history, sales of Lipitor since it was approved in 1996 exceed US$125 billion, and the drug has topped the list of best-selling branded pharmaceuticals in the world for nearly a decade.”

Statins are the drug of the moment and doctors have effectively pushed this family of drugs on a huge percentage of our population. Huge pharmaceutical marketing campaigns have led the majority of us to believe that these drugs are a wonder drug for all. Side effects rarely get a mention. I had never heard of the book ‘Lipitor, Thief of memory‘, until today when I read this post on the ‘Hayden Institute’. Here’s a quote from this site:

“The most common side effect associated with statin drugs is muscle pain and weakness. The symptoms are most likely due to the depletion of CoQ10, a nutrient that supports muscle function. One study found that 98 percent of patients taking Lipitor and one-third of the patients taking Mevachor (a lower-dose statin) suffered from muscle problems. A Denmark study that evaluated 500,000 patients found that taking statins for one year raised the risk of nerve damage by about 15 percent—about one case for every 2,200 patients. For those who took statins for two or more years, the additional risk rose to 26 percent.”

Another quote from an article in ‘Time’ magazine from Prof Healy:

“If you [look at] statins to lower cholesterol or drugs for osteoporosis, there’s no obvious benefit like there is from wearing a parachute when you jump out of a plane. You often just don’t feel good and you may feel a good deal worse. There isn’t even a proven benefit at the end. What you’ve got is proof in the sense of demonstrating that over a six-week period, you can show a marginal change that we have agreed to call a change for the ‘better.’ [The point is that the measure doesn’t necessarily mean your health will improve, but rather is just a marker linked with a reduction in risk.]”

So my point? Doctors are increasingly pushing statins on the general population, including the healthy. Now that’s ingenious marketing! Ignoring the pharma industry’s billions spent on marketing and doing our own research may be a better idea. Again, informed consent. These drugs may possibly cause muscle damage, memory loss, energy loss, diabetes, and depression, for very little gain. Check the side-effects (of any drug) on RxISK. Again, seriously, were we all born with inherent defects which only the billion dollar pharma industry can fix? C’mon, wake up and smell the coffee/bull.

Doctor Ava raises a good point. Gavin reduced his cholesterol in less than 4 weeks, from 6.8 to 4.3 with diet and exercise. Are the possible side-effects of taking statins worth the risk, when it’s entirely possible to lower cholesterol unaided as Gavin has shown?

Operation Transformation.

Statins may cause memory loss and depression.

The Diabetes dilemma for statin users.

FDA admits statins cause diabetes and memory loss.

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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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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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Peter Needham (another victim) and yet another Coroner’s warning.

In March of last year, an Inquest was held into the death of  Peter Needham, 40 (a former British Aerospace inspector). Mr Needham was described as a normal, happy, sociable, lovely guy. His dad described him as ‘a beautiful son’. How did Peter (a sociable and popular man) get to the Inquest stage at 40? Very easily!

(1) 40-year-old Peter had been diagnosed with diabetes last March and prescribed a drug to deal with a tingling sensation in his foot. The medication he was prescribed is also used as an antidepressant. Duloxetine (aka Cymbalta) comes with warnings of suicidality, agression and depression. The sad fact is that at least 5 people killed themselves while trialing this drug in clinical trials for Eli-Lilly. This should have raised a red flag but no! The drug went on to be licenced and Eli-Lilly made billions. What’s a few bodies between drug companies?

(2) After voicing concerns about feeling down, Peter was prescribed a different anti-depressant, Sertraline, five days before his death. Sertraline (aka Zoloft) also comes with warnings of suicidality, aggression and depression. Pfizer discovered in their clinical trials that this drug also increased suicidal behavior and fared negatively in treating depression. Despite the negative results of these trials, Zoloft went on to be licensed and Pfizer made billions. What’s a few bodies between drug companies? Just ask Woody.

(3) Two days after taking Sertraline/Zoloft, Peter started to visit websites on how to take his own life.

(4) Five days after taking Sertraline/Zoloft, Peter hanged himself at his home in Springhead.

The Coroner (Simon Nelson) said it was “difficult to ignore” the link between Peter taking the medication and his death. He said that he would write to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and British Medical Association to raise his concerns about prescription-medicine labelling.

Holding up a page filled with small-print instructions, he said: “To the untrained eye and in particular the first-time user this would be completely off-putting. To discover those warnings half way down the small print is wholly inappropriate.”

Six weeks later another Inquest was held, this time in Ireland, which involved the same drug, only this time it was Nicolas Maguire, 52, from County Cork.

So another Coroner’s warning and the governments are still doing nothing? How many people have died today because these useless, spineless, pen-pushers are not doing their job? That includes our own Kathleen Lynch and James Reilly!

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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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Lord Milo’s Inquest and the Mental Health Charity ‘Sane’.

Ok so I thought maybe you might be getting sick of me spouting on about the despicable Lundbeck or Pharmaceutical companies who sell pop (poison or profit); I just made that up, the madness is beginning to show I fear. Speaking of the pharmaceutical industry in an article here, Marcia Angell says“What does the eight-hundred-pound gorilla do? Anything it wants to.”

Anyway you get the gist, the pharmaceutical industry is one of the most powerful industries in the world. You only have to look at Pfizer’s conduct in Nigeria, where they tried to avoid legal action for causing the deaths of 11 children in an illegal drug trial, by hiring investigators to uncover corruption links to Nigeria’s Attorney General, here.

Bear that in mind for a minute.

I have blogged before about Lord Milo Douglas, a lovely fella by all accounts who struggled with ‘bipolar affective disorder’ (not what it said on the tin!) for 10 years. A week before his suicide, Lord Milo presented himself at his GP’s surgery announcing that he had been experiencing suicidal thoughts; He was given Citalopram. A week later he was dead. Here’s my old blog if you want to read it.

Speaking after Lord Milo’s Inquest here, Marjorie Wallace of Sane said she believes that ‘Had they made the humane and commonsense judgment to override confidentiality, his wider family could have been involved and his and their suffering spared. She further statedthat the evidence that emerged in Lord Milo’s inquest raises disturbing questions.” Now forgive me Majorie but I have a few disturbing questions of my own…

What is a ‘mental health charity’ doing getting involved in a person’s death and the inquest process, which is after all, a court of law?

Sane even went as far as releasing a statement, here, where the ‘charity’ said “We believe that had Milo Douglas’ pleas for help been respected, this tragedy would not have happened.”

Really? What about Lord Milo’s change of medication? What about the doubling of suicide risk upon starting, discontinuing or changing dose (up or down) with SSRI’s? Come on, if you’re going to make statements within your ‘professional capacity’ of a mental health charity, you must surely have all the facts?

Did Lundbeck not inform you of the side-effects of Citalopram?

Is the fact that you are listed on Lundbeck’s charity page, here, as one of their ‘charity partnerships’ anything to do with your statement?                                  

Maybe I’m being a bit harsh and maybe Sane is a really good charity. That’s the thing with conflicts of interests, you can’t have it both ways. A mental health charity cannot profess to “raise awareness and respect for people with mental illness” and “To provide information and emotional support to those experiencing mental health problems” and at the same time accept funding from a pharmaceutical company that make antidepressants, which (by their own admission) can cause a person to commit suicide. As you can see, I did send my message to Sane on 12th May via Twitter but they didn’t reply.