Time Out..

It’s that time of the year where my energy for blogging is just completely sapped so I think it’s time for a break. It’s been a long long road, these last 8 years, and it gets hard sometimes to keep up the pace. I have invested a lot of time and energy in blogging about GSK and Seroxat and to be honest, I’ve had some real bad experiences along the way too. I have learned that you can trust very few people in this kind of arena, as most people have an agenda, or are out for themselves. There are, however, people such as Bob Fiddaman and Leonie Fennell who I would literally trust with my life. These two people are fearless, selfless mental health campaigners who have undoubtedly saved lives through their activism. We all have. I have no doubt about that now.

There are many more people, who I have met along the way, who have been inspiring; too many to list here now.

The information that we (as mental health bloggers, pharmaceutical critics, and activists) have provided over the years has done a lot of good. However, activism can also be very draining. I don’t often talk about my own personal problems, or issues, and I’m not going to start now, but what I will say is, nobody ever fully recovers after being through something like Seroxat, particularly if you took it long term and had a protracted withdrawal. There is nervous system damage, and strange long term symptoms (which only others who have experienced it would understand). Sudden noises still make me jump, the nightmares never went away, and there is always that dark  void (which nearly 4 years on Seroxat is bound to cause) rumbling away in your psyche.

You don’t get sympathy for drug damage and there really is no cure, or even treatment, because the medical profession just doesn’t want to acknowledge it. It’s a can of worms which they dare not open. So in affect, you are punished twice, once on the drug and then forever after it for the damage. You’re kinda left feeling a bit like a freak (and I’m sure some of my ‘enemies’ out there would love to hear that- but it’s true so there you go).

The damage can’t be undone, but I need to rest for a while, and maybe turn my mind to other things.  I don’t have a lot, but I do have my soul, it’s often all I have to keep me going, and I need to protect it for a while, at least until I am stronger. The blog always pulls me back in because getting the word out about all this stuff is just too damn important, and I’m sure I’ll get sucked back in sometime in the future, but I’m definitely taking a break for now.

Thanks for comments, follows and tweets  (they are all valued), but most importantly, thanks for reading. Catch you all soon :)

GSK Announces New Breakthrough Drug..

GSK have announced a new breakthrough drug ‘Stoopidaprix’ for the treatment of Sociopathy- a terrible affliction which affects up to 3% of the population…

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Just kidding of course.. that was just some satire and parody…

However GSK have got a new drug called Mosquirix approved (which is for the treatment of Malaria).

The press is gushing sycophantic praise for it by the shed full however some of us aren’t so easily convinced. GSK’s Seroxat and Avandia drugs were both hailed as wonder drugs but they ended up being anything but..

When I think of Mosquirix, I think of Pandemrix and the havoc which that vaccine has caused…

We won’t find out the full effects of this vaccine for a few years, and by then millions of Africans will already be vaccinated with it..

Let’s hope for their sakes it’s not another Seroxat, Avandia or Pandemrix..

It’s a GSK drug and you just can’t trust their trials, their ability to be ethical, or their propaganda..


“…The latest results, published in the Lancet medical journal in April, showed that the vaccine works better in children from the age of five months than in younger babies. This means it cannot be added to the routine infant vaccination schedule. Another drawback is that it is a multi-dose vaccine, and its effect wanes over time so a booster shot is needed…”

Brian Greenwood, professor of clinical tropical medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who has been involved in the project for two decades, has described the vaccine as “imperfect”..”

RIP Jane

I don’t often put personal stuff on my blog, but I just wanted to do a small tribute to my grandmother who passed recently. She had a great send off, her wake and funeral were both beautiful. She was much loved, and cherished, for all of her 86 years on this planet. She was the kindest, most gentlest soul, generous to a fault, and she never had a bad word to say about anyone. She really was like a Buddha.

In her late 40’s, she gave birth to twins (her 10th and 11th children). She suffered post-natal depression, was subsequently hospitalized and given electro-shock -in the late 70s. She was also prescribed all sorts of meds over the years. I know this affected her health, particularly in later years, as she developed memory loss and then dementia, however her spirit was so strong and she fought long and hard right up until the very end. She bore 11 children,  and she had 36 grandchildren plus 16 great grandchildren (and I’m sure there are many more to come). She was a remarkable lady, we all loved her dearly, and will miss her so much. Her strength and generosity of spirit, her sense of charity, humor, and her kindness and character, will forever inspire me. She loved animals, her family, children, and music. In particular she loved Leonard Cohen, and this one was one of her favorite songs.

RIP Gran.

See you on the other side xx

Andrew Witty’s Zyban Drug Linked To Dozens Of Deaths

LONDON, UK — January 16, 2007

“Wellbutrin XR is an important new medicine for doctors and patients in Europe,” comments Andrew Witty, president, GSK Pharmaceuticals, Europe. “Depression can be a crippling condition that is often difficult to treat. With its unique mode of action, Wellbutrin XR offers a real alternative to the depressed patient. We hope its profile will help patients stay on their therapy, which would address a significant unmet need in the area of antidepressants.”

Many people are unaware that Zyban (the so called ‘anti-smoking pill) is an antidepressant which is also marketed by GSK as Wellbutrin. It is the same chemical compound but its marketed for different things. When GSK CEO Andrew Witty was woking his way up the slimy corporate ladder at GSK, he had a role as head of marketing, and Wellbutrin (Zyban) was one of the big drugs which he was involved in promoting. Is it no wonder then that Witty has never addressed the Seroxat Scandal? Perhaps he doesn’t care much for people damaged and dead from anti-depressants? maybe we’re just human road kill on the greedy GSK profit seeking super-highway. Maybe he just doesn’t give a damn- because it seems he has no problem pushing anti-depressants on the public, even if those anti-depressants eventually end up in the news for all the wrong reasons…


GlaxoSmithKline Admits Zyban
Linked To 35 UK Deaths
Since Last June
By Paul KelsoThe

Guardian http://www.guardianunlimited.co.uk

GlaxoSmithKline, the world’s second largest drug company, conceded yesterday that the anti-smoking drug Zyban was suspected of causing adverse reactions in 35 people who have died in the UK since it was introduced last June.

The acknowledgement came at the inquest of Kerry Weston, 21, a British Airways air hostess who was found dead in a hotel room in Nairobi, Kenya, in January, two weeks after she began taking the drug to help her quit her 15-a-day habit.

Giving evidence on behalf of the pharmaceutical giant, Dr Howard Marsh, senior medical adviser on Zyban to Glaxo, said that while there had been 35 deaths following adverse reactions to Zyban, there was no conclusive proof that any were directly linked to the drug.

“Although there has been this number of reports of fatal events, it has to be said these are suspected adverse reactions,” he told the inquest at Hertford coroner’s court. “We are very keen to look at each and every one of these cases very, very carefully to see if there is a contribution from Zyban to any of these deaths. But the contribution of Zyban to any of them remains unproven.”

Zyban, which is taken in pill form, has been prescribed to 360,000 patients in the UK. Of that number, 5,352 have reported adverse reactions. Zyban is a “black triangle” drug, meaning it is new to the market and has therefore to be monitored closely.

The Committee on the Safety of Medicines (CSM), which monitors the introduction of new drugs and has scrutinised Zyban use, said these figures where consistent with its expectations.

“Zyban is used in a population of patients who are put at risk because of smoking and, therefore, reports of deaths of patients receiving Zyban are to be expected,” said Professor Alasdair Breckenridge, CSM chairman.

“Where information is available, the majority of patients who died had underlying conditions that provide an alternative explanation. The CSM considers that the reports received are in line with the known safety profile of Zyban, which is fully reflected in the product information for health professionals and patients.”

The inquest into Ms Weston’s death heard that in addition to Zyban she had taken non-prescription anti-malarial tablets and a sleeping compound on the day she died. Dr Marsh told the court that in future Glaxo would be warning that Zyban should not be taken in conjunction with anti-malarial drugs.

He said people with a history of seizures, epilepsy, manic depression or liver disease were already warned not to take the drug.

Ms Weston was prescribed the drug by the BA cabin crew GP, Dr Mark Andrew.

“She described great difficulty with the problem of smoking,” Dr Andrews told the inquest.

“She requested help with this … and what she called the pill for smoking.”

Aware that the drug was under scrutiny, Dr Andrews prescribed a fortnight’s supply and told Ms Weston to return when she had taken the pills.

Her mother, Eileen Weston, told the court that shortly after her daughter began taking Zyban she passed out at Gatwick airport after returning from Baltimore.

“She remembered feeling unwell and then all she remembered was waking up on the bathroom floor as if she had gone to sleep,” Mrs Weston said. “Her words were that she thought she had fallen asleep in the bathroom but her head was very sore when she stood up.”

Shortly afterwards, Ms Weston flew to Nairobi. Colleagues on the plane said she seemed well, but became concerned when she failed to turn up for a drink in the cabin crew’s hotel.

Steward Philip Stuart said hotel staff had to force open the door to her room. He said: “We could see Kerry inside lying on the floor with her head close to the door. “We put our hand in and felt her neck. She was still warm and clammy.”

When the group entered the room they discovered Kerry had vomited and that her nose and legs were turning blue.

Zyban or bupropin hydrochloride, developed as an anti-depressant, was found to ease the desire for nicotine, even in heavy smokers. It works by supressing the neurotransmitters dopamine and noradrenaline – the brain’s “pleasure centres” – which are stimulated by nicotine. Glaxo sank millions into marketing it. More than 1m Americans claim to have stopped smoking after taking the drug.


Antidepressant Wellbutrin becomes ‘poor man’s cocaine’ on Toronto streets

By Jennifer Tryon and Nick Logan Global News

Video: A popular antidepressant has found its way to the streets & become known as the “poor man’s cocaine.” Global National’s Jen Tryon explains.

WARNING: This post contains graphic images that some viewers may find disturbing.

TORONTO – The first time Marty MacDonnell injected Wellbutrin he had no idea what else was going into his veins.

He gets the drug from his doctor to treat depression. It’s one of Canada’s most popular and easily accessible prescription drugs. He also buys it on the streets, where it can go for $2.50 per pill.

In fact, some refer to it as the “poor man’s cocaine.”

Users say it gives them a crack-like high at a much cheaper price.

“I’ve got, in all my time using it, I’ve probably got a good rush maybe half a dozen times, like it was an actual cocaine high,” MacDonnell said. “The rest of the time it’s just speed. Or like a high dose of caffeine just keeps me very alert, that’s about it.”

But, on some nights he has taken as many as 10 pills.

Bupropion, the pharmaceutical name for Wellbutrin, is also marketed as the smoking cessation drug Zyban, which can be bought over the counter without a prescription.

The pill contains binding agents that make it easy to swallow. They’re harmless when the pill is taken properly, but not when it’s crushed and inhaled or injected with a syringe.


The proof of the risks associated with shooting Wellbutrin or Zyban is all over MacDonnell’s body.

You can count on his skin nearly every time he’s done it.

“Somebody asked me what happened to my arm and I told them a shark bit me,” MacDonnell said.


Toronto’s The Works Needle Exchange and Harm Reduction Supplies has seen a steady rise in skin abscesses, collapsed veins and clogged arteries attributed to injecting Zyban and Wellbutrin.

“I’m very worried about Wellbutrin right now,” Toronto Public Health physician Dr. Leah Steele told Global News. “[It’s not] on the radar of most physicians.” The first time she heard of anyone abusing it was about three years ago, when a patient spoke of a friend injecting it.

Now, it’s estimated that nearly half of Toronto’s injection drug users have now tried it.

Out of 75 patients on a methadone program at The Works, Steele said half of them have tried injecting Wellbutrin. On top of that, she said it’s readily available in the prison system.

It also worried Dr. Dan Cass, Ontario’s Chief Coroner, who issued a warning about the Bupropion in May after at least six deaths as a result of abusing the drug.

“We’re aware of cases where the injection of the drug and the damage to the tissue from that injection is what directly lead to the death,” Cass told Global News.

“When used in the way it’s prescribed it’s a relatively safe and fairly effective drug,” he said. “[But] one of the properties when it’s ground up and injected is it’s very caustic, so it tends to do a lot of damage to issues and to some of the deeper structures.”

“One death in particular involved an injection into a blood vessel in the neck,” he explained. “The subsequent damage to the tissue cased damage to the spinal cord and [the individual] bled to death.”

Cass is trying to warn physicians about the potential for Wellbutrin and Zyban abuse.

“I think the thing that surprises me most about this is that people continue to do it even after they’ve developed the most gruesome lesions that you could imagine,” Steele said. “The drug is still compelling enough for them to keep injecting it.”

“These wounds from Wellbutrin are different because they really erode the whole tissue around the injection area,” Steele said, adding the wounds can get “very invasive infections” that can lead to death.

MacDonnell has been treated for wounds on his skin, some of which have gone so deep they’ve reached the bone.


“That’s when I woke up I took a look at my arms and said ‘Oh, Jesus. You’d better smarten up and get something done with this,’” he said.

The problem for MacDonnell is that he still needs to take Wellbutrin.

“I’ve suffered depression most of my life, so I think that’s how I got on it,” he said.

Livingstone’s drug treatment has become an issue at the inquest because it has heard suggestions the rape over five hours which led to the break up of his marriage was caused by a psychotic episode brought on by a combination of the anti-smoke drug zyban and escitalopram.


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Michelle McCann Took Seroxat For 20 Years…

My heart absolutely breaks when I read of cases like this. I can only imagine how utterly devastating it must have been for this woman to be addicted to Seroxat (Paxil) for 20 years. No doubt Michelle was initially probably not warned of side effects, dependence or withdrawal when she first went on the drug. None of us were warned in the 90’s and early 2000’s. The depression and anxiety which Seroxat induces is inhuman. It is only the last few years that we have seen the real truth about Seroxat’s devastating effects come to light. However there is still much we don’t know. The only way we can get the full information on Seroxat is through litigation against GSK. The Seroxat trial will likely be heard in the high court sometime over the next one to one and a half years or so, and I think it would be fitting for me to attend and blog about the proceedings. The family of Michelle McCann deserve to know the full story about Seroxat, and GSK will have to disclose the files which they have kept hidden for decades. I hope that the truth will out, and justice will prevail. RIP Michelle, and RIP to all those who died from Seroxat/Paxil induced suicide/homicide/violence over the past decades. As a Seroxat survivor it’s my duty to keep on blogging. There are many thousands of us Seroxat and SSRI survivors, and we won’t be silenced…

“She was suffering with depression and severe anxiety and was under the care of Grimsby-based mental health service Navigo at the time, having been admitted to its mental care facility Harrison House, in Peaks Lane, as an informal patient following several attempts to self-harm and take her own life, including overdosing on 40 paracetamol tablets.”


July 23 2015

MichelleMcCann42-year-old Michelle McCann (right) died in hospital on New Year’s Day in 2014. She had jumped from the top floor of a multi-storey car park in Grimsby just five days earlier, landing on the roof of a car.

Michelle, who had been taking Seroxat for 20 years, had been admitted to a mental care facility as an informal patient following several attempts to self-harm and take her life. Two days after Christmas, Michelle was collected by her father Anthony, who said that he was surprised when nurses let her go out on her own without a carer with her.

Anthony told the inquest: “She was shaky and trembling.” He said he was surprised and told staff of his concern after a previous incident when she went out shopping on her own and later returned and cut herself.

Before taking his daughter into town, Anthony questioned staff as to whether she could go alone. He told the inquest a nurse had told him that Michelle was better after taking new medication and having had a good night’s sleep.

On Monday of this week, coroner Paul Kelly recorded a verdict of suicide.

Mosquirix: GSK’s new Malaria Vaccine? .. Will it be safe?

GSK are heavily promoting their new Malaria vaccine, Mosquirix, at the moment, and of course the press are gushing sycophantic praise for it by the bucket-load. It has just been approved in Europe but personally, I’d take my chances with Malaria rather than take any GSK product. They just can’t be trusted to produce safe drugs because their safety record leaves a hell of a lot to be desired.

For example, their flu vaccine, Pandemirix, which was heavily touted for the (media generated) flu-scare a few years ago, has been shown to be extremely dodgy indeed, and many patients are now suing GSK because they have developed Narcolepsy because of this vaccine. Then of course we have the two most notorious GSK drugs of recent times, the killers – Seroxat (a dangerous anti-depressant which induces suicide) and Avandia (a diabetes drug which causes heart attacks)- the death toll, and scale of human misery, from those two drugs alone easily reaches into the hundreds of thousands.

Not forgetting of course, GSK’s Myodil dye, which has caused immeasurable pain and damage to tens of thousands of people for decades. Even with the GSK drugs which aren’t killers, GSK’s track record of inflating the positives, and hiding the negatives, when it comes to side effects, and clinical trials, is well known in the industry and beyond.

Their 3 Billion dollar fine with the department of justice consisted of a couple of hundred pages of various unethical shenanigans with various drugs over the years, and this is only the skullduggery that they were caught doing, imagine what they really get away with? They don’t call GSK, the “GLOBAL SERIAL KILLERS” for nothing, you know what I mean?

Mosquirix, no thanks.. I’ll take my chances with Malaria..

Because at least with Malaria, you know what you’re getting…

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