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‘Nodding Disease’ Kills African Children – Vaccine Induced Narcolepsy?

Is Pandemrix, the H1N1 vaccine by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), tied to the chronic sleeping disorder narcolepsy in children and teenagers?

In April, the EMA announced that the vaccine’s label should instruct physicians to weigh a potential risk of narcolepsy when considering whether to use it in children and teenagers. GSK reacted with a statement, saying, “further information must be gathered on a potential likelihood of a causal relationship before any conclusions can be drawn.” The results of a more comprehensive EMA review are likely to be expected by the end of July 2011.


First there was dangerous Seroxat, then came deadly Avandia… here come’s infamous Infanrix!

Are GSK capable of making medicines that don’t harm people?

Infanrix Kills and Maims, but GSK Hid It from Doctors & Parents

GSK wanted to keep the public from knowing about the adverse effects of their Infanrix vaccine. The secret report slipped out, and it’s revealing. It validates the recent study showing that multiple vaccine doses increase the death rate by 50%—but there’s no real change to the safety advice.

Garden of GSK Secrets

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by Heidi Stevenson

Infanrix is a vaccine that was released without any serious testing for safety, in spite of the fact that it contains antigens of six diseases for injection into babies as young as two months. In a cozy relationship with government, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) was able to keep information about harm from the public. Fortunately, that secrecy was broken with the leak of a report given to the Belgian government. It delineates 1,742 adverse events associated with Infanrix[1].

Adverse Events

These are adverse effects that were reported to GSK. The information is not pretty—especially when you realize that the vast majority of vaccine injuries are never reported and that deaths counted included only sudden death. First, though, let’s just take a quick look at what the report admitted happened over the two-year period from 23 October 2009 through 22 October 2011:

That silly ol’ document showing all that nasty stuff that could happen? Don’t fret your little head over it! After all, you really weren’t supposed to know, anyway. Don’t worry. Trust us!

  • 825 adverse effects were identified.
  • 36 deaths occurred.
  • Adverse events include autism, encephalitis, heart failure,  gaze palsy (indicative of neurological damage), gastrointestinal hemorrhage, jaundice, mental retardation (classed as not serious!), removal of part of the intestine (also defined as not serious!), opisthotonos (yet again labeled as not serious!), paralysis. Guillain Barré syndrome, convulsions, and many others.

Naturally, not all the reported events were actually caused by Infanrix. GSK reported that the number of reported adverse events was only 14.6 per 100,000. However, as reported by Initiative Citoyenne, the doctors’ publication, Revue française du Practicien, reports that this figure is likely only 1-10% of the reality[2].

Spinning and Twisting the Results

On page 11 of the report, GSK unequivocally states that they are the arbiters of what constitutes a serious event[1]. As noted above, though, they classed mental retardation, opisthotonos, and removal of part of the intestine as not serious!

You have to wonder just how twisted other aspects of the report might be—and we don’t need to go far to see. GSK decided to add only one reference of additional risk to their Reference Safety Information. The only thing they decided to add was syncope (fainting), and even then they attempted to minimize it by stating:

Syncope (fainting) can occur following, or even before, any vaccination as a psychogenic response to the needle injection. It is important that procedures are in place to avoid injury from faints.

They deprecate the seriousness of fainting, which can be indicative of severe adverse effects, such as neurological damage, by saying that any vaccination can cause it and, worse, that it’s just an emotional reaction. There seems to be no limit to the degree that GSK will go in its effort to whitewash Infanrix.

Gaze Palsy

Gaze palsy is a condition in which the eyes cannot track together. It’s generally indicative of brain damage. The report states that the European Medicines Agency has expressed concern about reports of Infanrix in association with this disorder. Therefore, the report specifically covers the problem.

The first question that comes to mind is: Why didn’t the EMA notify the public that there is some concern about Infanrix and this disorder? Surely, if the agency exists to protect the public, then any concern it has about Infanrix would be expressed so that parents could decide how to proceed. That, though, hasn’t happened.

GSK provides a large table listing 70 reported gaze palsy cases with associated symptoms. These include loss of consciousness, convulsion, spasms, cyanosisopisthotonosextrapyramidal disorder, and epilepsy. Most of these symptoms showed up in many cases. 45 of the 70 cases occurred on the day of vaccination.

They indicate that most of the cases cleared up without sequelae. Of course, they don’t spend any time on follow-up. What would have shown up if they’d watched these children for 2-5 years? Would brain damage then become more obvious?


It is now clear from a recent study that more doses of vaccines at one time result in significantly greater risk to health. As reported in Gaia Health, the mortality rate in children who have 5-8 vaccine doses at one time have a death rate that’s 50% greater than those who are given 1-4 vaccine doses[3].

That’s a highly significant risk. The study doesn’t focus on the specific causes of death, but instead clarifies that multivalent vaccines equate to seriously damaged health. The study also revealed that children with double the number of vaccine doses were twice as likely to be hospitalized.

The five antigen doses of Infanrix are in the range of the 5 to 8 doses that the study found cause 50% more child deaths and double the hospitalizations.

Your Right to Know?

Do you think there’s a right to know the risks of a vaccine before it’s administered? Do you think you should be informed that Infanrix can cause convulsions, epilepsy, autism, and a wide range of other devastating and life destroying damage?

In fact, the official document for the public goes to great lengths to indicate that there’s no excess risk with Infanrix. Aside from the standard boilerplate type of commentary, here’s what it says[4]:

A history of febrile convulsions, a family history of convulsions or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) do not constitute a contraindication for the use of Infanrix hexa. … [Emphasis mine]

… HIV infection is not considered as a contraindication. …

… Limited data in 169 premature infants indicate that Infanrix hexa can be given to premature children …

… Infanrix hexa should be administered with caution to subjects with thrombocytopenia or a bleeding disorder since bleeding may occur following an intramuscular administration to these subjects.

Of course, they may add a little note about the possibility of fainting, but there’s no need to worry! It’s just a psychological thing, something that could happen with any vaccine.

The approach is little more than a come-one-come-all carnival-like bid to get you in the door with Jen’s or Jeff’s arm, leg, or other body part sticking out, ready for administration of yet another toxic assault on your child.

That silly ol’ document showing all that nasty stuff that could happen? Don’t fret your little head over it! After all, you really weren’t supposed to know, anyway. Don’t worry. Trust us!

You surely don’t want to wander through GSK’s Garden of Secrets, do you?


  1. CONFIDENTIAL TO REGULATORY AUTHORITIES. Combined Diphtheria, Tetanus and Acellular Pertussis, Hepatitis B, enhanced Inactivated Poliomyelitis and Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccine
  2. Safety of the Infanrix Hexa Vaccine: Confidential Document from GSK to the Authorities, Initiative Citroyenne press release.
  3. Mortality Rate 50% Higher with More Vaccine Doses
  4. Summary of Product Characteristics for Infanrix hexa

Psychiatric Medications and Teenage Violence

For Full Video Interview With David Healy: Check out the link below…..

Dr. David Healy is a renowned Irish Psychiatrist who many people consider the guardian angel of patients on SSRI drugs (selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors). This controversial and widely used group of psychiatric medications, that includes Prozac and Paxil, has been linked to mass murder, suicides and serious violence; especially when they are given to teenagers. Dr Healy exposed the profit motive behind the overuse of these drugs in his highly important book, Let Them Eat Prozac: The Unhealthy Relationship Between the Pharmaceutical Industry and Depression, and in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings, he has become a go to guy for interviews on a possible connection between gun violence and SSRIs.

What he did say to Dr. Corsi and what he has been saying for years in his speeches, his lectures, his articles and his books, should be of enormous concern to every single family in America. He spoke at length about the risks involved in prescribing these drugs to teenagers and young adults while their bodies are still growing and their minds are still developing.

Sometimes that drug induced fog may give way to another state of mind that is truly terrifying. Dr. Healy was quite blunt in his comments about the links between the recent mass murders and SSRIs:

“When roughly nine out of every 10 cases in these school shootings and mass shootings involve these drugs being prescribed, then at least a significant proportion of these cases were either caused by the drugs or the drugs made a significant contribution to the problem.”

The level of senseless violence, sudden suicide and mass murder being committed by teenagers and young adults in America is reaching epidemic proportions. The need to honestly evaluate the proper use of SSRIs and confirm any potential links to aggression is too important to let the subject dissolve into a partisan debate on gun control. In order to get to the heart of this serious medical issue, The Inquisitr extended an invitation to Dr. Healy to participate in a no holds barred interview with Wolff Bachner and he has graciously accepted.

Our interview with Dr.Healy will take place later this week and when it is completed, we will be sharing it with our readers. Dr. Healy will be given a forum to tell you what these drugs are, how and when they should be used, and what dangers come with their use. Dr. Healy is one of the few doctors who is willing to break the seal of silence that surrounds the world of medicine and risk the wrath of the world’s most powerful corporations to find safe and effective treatments for some of the most vulnerable members of our society. We look forward to sharing his insights and wisdom with you.


This is a lecture from 2003 (10 years ago) where Dr Healy has been drawing attention to the dangers of the Pharmaceutical Industry for over 10 years now.  For latest David Healy Video see the link above….

GSK Swine Flu Shot Causes Narcolepsy

A widely prescribed GSK drug causing harm to children and adults?

Now why does that sound just all too familiar?

Insight: Evidence grows for narcolepsy link to GSK swine flu shot


Emelie Olsson is plagued by hallucinations and nightmares. When she wakes up, she’s often paralyzed, unable to breathe properly or call for help. During the day she can barely stay awake, and often misses school or having fun with friends. She is only 14, but at times she has wondered if her life is worth living.

Emelie is one of around 800 children in Sweden and elsewhere in Europe who developed narcolepsy, an incurable sleep disorder, after being immunized with the Pandemrix H1N1 swine flu vaccine made by British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline in 2009.

Finland, Norway, Ireland and France have seen spikes in narcolepsy cases, too, and people familiar with the results of a soon-to-be-published study in Britain have told Reuters it will show a similar pattern in children there.

Their fate, coping with an illness that all but destroys normal life, is developing into what the health official who coordinated Sweden’s vaccination campaign calls a “medical tragedy” that will demand rising scientific and medical attention.

Europe’s drugs regulator has ruled Pandemrix should no longer be used in people aged under 20. The chief medical officer at GSK’s vaccines division, Norman Begg, says his firm views the issue extremely seriously and is “absolutely committed to getting to the bottom of this”, but adds there is not yet enough data or evidence to suggest a causal link.

Others – including Emmanuel Mignot, one of the world’s leading experts on narcolepsy, who is being funded by GSK to investigate further – agree more research is needed but say the evidence is already clearly pointing in one direction.

“There’s no doubt in my mind whatsoever that Pandemrix increased the occurrence of narcolepsy onset in children in some countries – and probably in most countries,” says Mignot, a specialist in the sleep disorder at Stanford University in the United States.

30 million received Pandemrix

In total, the GSK shot was given to more than 30 million people in 47 countries during the 2009-2010 H1N1 swine flu pandemic. Because it contains an adjuvant, or booster, it was not used in the United States because drug regulators there are wary of adjuvanted vaccines.

GSK says 795 people across Europe have reported developing narcolepsy since the vaccine’s use began in 2009.

Questions about how the narcolepsy cases are linked to Pandemrix, what the triggers and biological mechanisms might have been, and whether there might be a genetic susceptibility are currently the subject of deep scientific investigation.

But experts on all sides are wary. Rare adverse reactions can swiftly develop into “vaccine scares” that spiral out of proportion and cast what one of Europe’s top flu experts calls a “long shadow” over public confidence in vaccines that control potential killers like measles and polio.

“No-one wants to be the next Wakefield,” said Mignot, referring to the now discredited British doctor Andrew Wakefield who sparked a decades-long backlash against the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) shot with false claims of links to autism.

With the narcolepsy studies, there is no suggestion that the findings are the work of one rogue doctor.

Independent teams of scientists have published peer-reviewed studies from Sweden, Finland and Ireland showing the risk of developing narcolepsy after the 2009-2010 immunization campaign was between seven and 13 times higher for children who had Pandemrix than for their unvaccinated peers.

“We really do want to get to the bottom of this. It’s not in anyone’s interests if there is a safety issue that needs to be addressed,” said GSK’s Begg.

Life changed

Emelie’s parents, Charles and Marie Olsson, say she was a top student who loved playing the piano, taking tennis lessons, creating art and having fun with friends. But her life started to change in early 2010, a few months after she had Pandemrix. In the spring of 2010, they noticed she was often tired, needing to sleep when she came home from school.

But it wasn’t until May, when she began collapsing at school, that it became clear something serious was happening.

As well as the life-limiting bouts of daytime sleepiness, narcolepsy brings nightmares, hallucinations, sleep paralysis and episodes of cataplexy – when strong emotions trigger a sudden and dramatic loss of muscle strength.

In Emelie’s case, having fun is the emotional trigger. “I can’t laugh or joke about with my friends any more, because when I do I get cataplexies and collapse,” she said in an interview at her home in the Swedish capital.

Narcolepsy is estimated to affect between 200 and 500 people per million and is a lifelong condition. It has no known cure and scientists don’t really know what causes it. But they do know patients have a deficit of a brain neurotransmitter called orexin, also known as hypocretin, which regulates wakefulness.

Research has found that some people are born with a variant in a gene known as HLA that means they have low hypocretin, making them more susceptible to narcolepsy. Around 25 percent of Europeans are thought to have this genetic vulnerability.

When results of Emelie’s hypocretin test came back in November last year, it showed she had 15 percent of the normal amount, typical of heavy narcolepsy with cataplexy.

The seriousness of her strange new illness has forced her to contemplate life far more than many other young teens: “In the beginning I didn’t really want to live any more, but now I have learned to handle things better,” she said.


Scientists investigating these cases are looking in detail at Pandemrix’s adjuvant, called AS03, for clues.

Some suggest AS03, or maybe its boosting effect, or even the H1N1 flu itself, may have triggered the onset of narcolepsy in those who have the susceptible HLA gene variant.

Angus Nicoll, a flu expert at the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), says genes may well play a part, but don’t tell the whole story.

“Yes, there’s a genetic predisposition to this condition, but that alone cannot explain these cases,” he said. “There was also something to do with receiving this specific vaccination. Whether it was the vaccine plus the genetic disposition alone or a third factor as well – like another infection – we simply do not know yet.”

GSK is funding a study in Canada, where its adjuvanted vaccine Arepanrix, similar to Pandemrix, was used during the 2009-2010 pandemic. The study won’t be completed until 2014, and some experts fear it may not shed much light since the vaccines were similar but not precisely the same.

It all leaves this investigation with far more questions than answers, and a lot more research ahead.

Was it worth it?

In his glass-topped office building overlooking the Maria Magdalena church in Stockholm, Goran Stiernstedt, a doctor turned public health official, has spent many difficult hours going over what happened in his country during the swine flu pandemic, wondering if things should have been different.

“The big question is was it worth it? And retrospectively I have to say it was not,” he told Reuters in an interview.

Being a wealthy country, Sweden was at the front of the queue for pandemic vaccines. It got Pandemrix from GSK almost as soon as it was available, and a nationwide campaign got uptake of the vaccine to 59 percent, meaning around 5 million people got the shot.

Stiernstedt, director for health and social care at the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, helped coordinate the vaccination campaign across Sweden’s 21 regions.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the 2009-2010 pandemic killed 18,500 people, although a study last year said that total might be up to 15 times higher.

While estimates vary, Stiernstedt says Sweden’s mass vaccination saved between 30 and 60 people from swine flu death. Yet since the pandemic ended, more than 200 cases of narcolepsy have been reported in Sweden.

With hindsight, this risk-benefit balance is unacceptable. “This is a medical tragedy,” he said. “Hundreds of young people have had their lives almost destroyed.”

Pandemics are emergencies

Yet the problem with risk-benefit analyses is that they often look radically different when the world is facing a pandemic with the potential to wipe out millions than they do when it has emerged relatively unscathed from one, like H1N1, which turned out to be much milder than first feared.

David Salisbury, the British government’s director of immunization, says “therein lies the risk, and the difficulty, of working in public health” when a viral emergency hits.

“In the event of a severe pandemic, the risk of death is far higher than the risk of narcolepsy,” he told Reuters. “If we spent longer developing and testing the vaccine on very large numbers of people and waited to see whether any of them developed narcolepsy, much of the population might be dead.”

Pandemrix was authorized by European drug regulators using a so-called “mock-up procedure” that allows a vaccine to be authorized ahead of a possible pandemic using another flu strain. In Pandemrix’s case, the substitute was H5N1 bird flu.

When the WHO declared a pandemic, GSK replaced the mock-up’s strain with the pandemic-causing H1N1 strain to form Pandemrix.

GSK says the final H1N1 version was tested in trials involving around 3,600 patients, including children, adolescents, adults and the elderly, before it was rolled out.

The ECDC’s Nicoll says early warning systems that give a more accurate analysis of a flu strain’s threat are the best way to minimize risks of this kind of tragedy happening in future.

Salisbury agrees, and says progress towards a universal flu vaccine – one that wouldn’t need last-minute changes made when a new strain emerged – would cuts risks further.

“Ideally, we would have a better vaccine that would work against all strains of influenza and we wouldn’t need to worry about this ever again,” he said. “But that’s a long way off.”

With scientists facing years of investigation and research, Emelie just wants to make the best of her life.

She reluctantly accepts that to do so, she needs a cocktail of drugs to try to control the narcolepsy symptoms. The stimulant Ritalin and the sleeping pill Sobril are prescribed for Emelie’s daytime sleepiness and night terrors. Then there’s Prozac to try to stabilize her and limit her cataplexies.

“That’s one of the things that makes me feel most uncomfortable,” she explains. “Before I got this condition I didn’t take any pills, and now I have to take lots – maybe for the rest of my life. It’s not good to take so many medicines, especially when you know they have side effects.”


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Side Effects: The Movie

A new film is being released in January, starring Jude Law, and Directed by Stephen Soderbergh. It’s called “Side Effects” and

according to the spiel about the movie- it involves ‘depression’, ‘anti-depressants’ and ‘murder’. 

It will be interesting to see this movie once it hits the screens, but for now here’s a trailer.

Where Pills and Crime Collide

Antidepressants Give Soderbergh a Thriller’s Plot

LOS ANGELES — Important safety information: Adverse reactions associated with this product include dry mouth, nausea, headaches, anxiety, insomnia.

Barry Wetcher/Open Road Films

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jude Law play psychiatrists in an upcoming film that Steven Soderbergh says is his last.

And murder?

It was only a matter of time before Hollywood, where antidepressants are common as after-dinner mints, turned them into a high-stakes movie thriller.

That film, called “Side Effects,” is directed by Steven Soderbergh, and set for release by Open Road Films on Feb. 8. Its stars include Rooney Mara,Jude LawChanning Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Its release has come with a side effect of its own: the announced retirement of Mr. Soderbergh, an unusually prolific director since the debut of his “Sex, Lies and Videotape” in 1989, who continues to insist “Side Effects” will be his last film. Speaking by telephone from New York on Sunday he said that he will now turn to painting, book writing, stage work or long-form television — almost anything but another feature.

“It will be the last for a long time,” he said.

If so, Mr. Soderbergh’s (perhaps) final film will be an attempt at a classic screen thriller, which has become rarer as Hollywood focuses on vast fantasies like, say, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” while sprinkling in politically programmed movies that are, like the anti-fracking film “Promised Land,” predictable in their messaging.

Anything but predictable, “Side Effects” is embedded in a world of psychiatric medicine that has become deeply familiar to the tens of millions of individuals who use commonly prescribed mood-altering drugs. Zoloft, Prozac, Wellbutrin, Effexor — they’re all mentioned by name in the film.

Emily Taylor, portrayed by Ms. Mara, has waited faithfully for her husband, played by Mr. Tatum, to return from prison, where he has been locked up for insider trading. She is thrilled, but nervous, and suffers from depression.

Jude Law, a Manhattan psychiatrist, treats her with Ablixa. It is a fictional drug that is closely modeled on real ones, down to the rosy television commercials and the dizzying litany of possible side effects. (Ms. Zeta-Jones is a professional peer of Mr. Law.)

But things go badly. Just as on the warning labels.

“I’ve seen people undergoing side effects of these medications that cause them to do all kinds of things,” said Dr. Sasha Bardey, a psychiatrist who is a clinical instructor at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, and is a co-producer of “Side Effects.”

The film’s story, in fact, was born of Dr. Bardey’s experiences in the Bellevue Hospital prison ward, where he began working more than 20 years ago with extremely ill patients, many of whom were sent from the Rikers Island jail complex for treatment. Scott Z. Burns, who wrote “Side Effects,” had spent time at Bellevue while working on the short-lived “Wonderland” television series, observed Dr. Bardey and became a friend.

Eventually the two decided to create a film story at the intersection of psychiatry and crime and saw the American population’s fast-growing attraction to antidepressants as the sweet spot.

“We live in a world where everybody wants a quick fix for their problems,” said Dr. Bardey, who spoke by telephone on Friday, after seeing a waiting room full of patients. The proliferation of antidepressants, he said, has made them a kind of cure-all, but has vastly multiplied their ill effects among people who only a decade ago might not have been considered sick enough to need them.

Mr. Burns, who is known as the writer of films like Mr. Soderbergh’s “Contagion,” and a producer of “An Inconvenient Truth,” initially wrote his script, once titled “Bitter Pill,” as something he intended to direct. For a time the project was owned by Disney’s Miramax unit. But Miramax shut down production and was sold, and alternate financing didn’t surface.

Finally, Mr. Soderbergh said, by Mr. Burns’s recollection: “I’ve always loved that script. What if I did it as my last film?”

Mr. Soderbergh said the film, which cost just over $20 million, was born amid the frustration both he and Mr. Burns felt at seeing their planned “Man from U.N.C.L.E.” spy movie fall apart at Warner Brothers in 2011. “Behind the Candelabra,” Mr. Soderbergh’s HBO film about the pianist Liberace, will follow “Side Effects” and will be released in theaters abroad, he said.

In a recent interview with the Web site The Wrap, Mr. Soderbergh said he was shocked that Hollywood’s film studios rejected “Behind the Candelabra,” in which Michael Douglas and Matt Damon star in a story about Liberace’s love affair with Scott Thorson, as being “too gay.” Speaking on Sunday, however, Mr. Soderbergh emphasized that his retirement was part of a career shift he had been planning for five years.

From the beginning “Side Effects” was constructed to avoid potential conflicts with the giant companies that make and sell real drugs. “I spent more time on the phone with my lawyer on this than on all my others movies combined,” Mr. Burns said.

With help from Mr. Bardey, Ablixa, a brand name for the equally fictional compound “alipazone,” was designed with its own set of side effects and even a fake Web site. The site looks real enough to have provoked a flurry of interest, or more viral shenanigans, on various health-oriented sites. “Have any ladies here used it?” asks a post on one online women’s health forum.

The movie also refers to a fictional study drug, Delatrex. But “the rest is all real,” Dr. Bardey said.


And here’s a new post by Dr David Healy

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The boy with the ponytail who kicked the hornets’ nest

January 15, 2013 14 Comments

In The boy with the ponytail who played with fire, we saw Jan Akerblom struggle up the side of a mountain in his attempt to drop the Ring of Power into Mount Doom. Where others, especially doctors, are seduced by the Precious he isn’t.

Why do it – because he saw lives destroyed and wonders if we are at risk of destroying society itself. Are any contracts anyone enters into while on an SSRI valid. Far-fetched?

Who Cares in Sweden

My Wife has Left Me

Imagine you are approached by someone who says his wife has been on an SSRI for several years and during this time she has changed personality. Where once she was very sensitive and caring she has become more callous and unfeeling. Where once she would be in floods of tears at a weepy movie, at the funeral of a beloved twin-brother who died in tragic circumstances she didn’t cry at all.

He contacts you because now she has left him. He concedes that maybe the marriage was heading for the rocks anyway but he is still concerned that this is not her. That if she ever stops the medication and starts feeling more like herself again she will regret what she has done – if not to him at least to her children.

What do you do?

There is abundant evidence SSRIs can cause exactly this kind of emotional blunting or disinhibition. The comments by Neil Gorman and Allostrata on The boy with the ponytailgive detailed accounts and references. One of the first articles on the topic had a Baltimore society hostess while on fluvoxamine serving her guests wine while naked from the waist up.

Its worth thinking for a moment before reading on – if you were the doctor, what do you do?

It’s almost impossible to know. Little details can change the picture dramatically. Perhaps he is much older than her and now that she has grown up she has found herself and resents his control and the SSRI disinhibits her just enough to make it possible to do what she might in many respects be better off doing – leaving him. Would it really be better to live a safer life or a life of quiet desperation?

If you’re her doctor and he approaches you, what do you do? If you suggest reducing the dose and she insists that no this is the real her and perhaps brings friends along who vouch for the fact she is now doing what they’ve implored her to do for years, what do you do? Perhaps she tells you she will get the drug through the internet if you don’t prescribe.

Who are you to decide these important issues for someone else? You’ve had no training in matters like this. Better surely to play Pontius Pilate, continue prescribing, and let events take whatever course they will.

Who Cares – about Side Effects?

Except as Who Cares in Sweden makes clear you cannot wash your hands of this responsibility.

This is not Side-Effects, the movie. You’re not in the position of Jonathon Banks (Jude Law) treating Emily Hawkins (Rooney Mara), whom you’re having an affair with and whom you’ve put on a new prescription drug, who has then perhaps gone on to kill her husband – we have to wait till February to see what actually does happen.

Unbelievable though it doubtless sounds, its worse. You are as much a police or probation officer as the doctor with whom every patient you prescribe for might want to have an affair with. This is whether it be an infant or a 96 year old. Prescription-only was a system introduced to control opiate and cocaine addicts. Anyone who gets their drugs through you is trapped in a set of Stockholm syndrome dynamics neither you nor they asked for.

But whether you asked for it or not you make your living out of it and the buck stops with you. Every inappropriate divorce, birth defect, school shooting, suicide, or case where a woman schoolteacher molests a juvenile male pupil that comes from your practice is your responsibility.  Every heart attack on Chantix, cognitive dysfunction or muscle weakening on statins or premature death on the next Avandia or Vioxx is down to you. Every love affair that might happen on a clinical trial you are running is down to you. But you can’t find out what dramatists think the implications are because The Effect is booked out.

If it were your son?

If you have a son who is a fireman and his life depends on others in the fire crew “caring” normally, what do you do if a fireman’s wife comes in to you and says that her husband has been showing no emotions lately? Or her husband is a pilot with the airline that your family are due to fly with in a week’s time?

A Cutthroat 

If you appeal to the fact that you can’t be blamed for companies withholding data, you end up in a cutthroat. Either you say that whatever the data now reveals you would have used the drug anyway in which case the company walks away with no legal liability.

Or else you say you wouldn’t have used the drug but how can you be blamed if companies withhold data. Sounds good, except we’re not talking breaking news here. The information about SSRI induced disinhibition, violence and suicide has been in the public domain for nearly 25 years.  The information about significant hazards on prescription drugs in general is out there for up to 20 years on average before you and your colleagues pay heed to it.

These drugs are available on prescription only because it was once thought you were the kind of person that might be able to quarry information out of companies or would steer people away from drugs if you were worried that we weren’t being told the full truth – it’s called professionalism.

They’ve started prosecuting doctors

Just recently a French psychiatrist Daniele Canarelli, 58, was found guilty after a patient of hers hacked a man to death.  The court decided she should have recognized the risks he posed. This was the first case of its kind and it led to extensive media coverage worldwide because of the implications for doctors in general.  It followed hard on the heels of a conviction of Italian seismologists for failures to warn sufficiently of earthquake risks.

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

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Was Sean Hackett Medicated for his ‘Depression’?

Sad news last week of the murder of a 60 Year old Irishman by his 18 year old son, in a bizarre case where police seem to be baffled as to the motive of the killing. All newspaper reports state that the youngster, Sean Hackett, was suffering from ‘depression’ for some months prior to the shooting. There are also some reports from news media that he had tried to strangle his mother some weeks or months prior to killing his father with a gun.

With the dangers in psychiatric drug treatments – in particular – the SSRI anti-depressants and their notorious link to violence, suicide, and homicide- it is strange that none of the news outlets seem to mention whether or not Sean Hackett was under the influence of an SSRI drug when he committed this murder.

I would be surprised if he wasn’t on an SSRI as he was being ‘treated’ for depression, and treatment for depression nowadays, unfortunately usually means one thing…

Mind bending- dangerous- psychiatric drugs.

A young Gaelic football star accused of murdering his father, with a gun he obtained after texting a friend, claims he suffers from depression, a court has heard.

A detective told Omagh Magistrates Court that Sean Hackett, aged 18, initially denied involvement in the death of his 60-year-old father Aloysius, but later admitted: “I did it, I shot him.”

The father of four was found dead in the back yard of the family home near Auger, Co Tyrone, last Friday night.

SEAN Hackett, the young Augher man charged with murdering his father, also tried to strangle his mother last October, the High Court has been told.

Prosecutors further claimed that Sean Hackett, 18, twice borrowed a rifle before the killing was carried out. His 60-year-old father, Aloysius, a former chairman of St Macartan’s GAA club, was found dead at the family home on Aughadarragh Road in Augher, Co Tyrone last Friday.

A young Gaelic football star accused of murdering his father with a gun he obtained by texting a friend claims he suffers from depression, a court has heard.

Psychiatrists: Psych meds ’cause’ violence, Lanza record awaited

Psychiatrists have come forward to assert that certain psychiatric medications, such as those known as SSRIs, are almost certainly the chemical cause of a large number of instances of random violence and suicide in which SSRIs have been present.

The research challenges the pharmaceutical industry’s defense that the high correlation between random violence and the presence of these medications is due to the mental illness, not the drugs being prescribed for the illness. Other critics of the industry claim that drugs tend to be too aggressively marketed and over-prescribed.

The media has reported that the suspected shooter in the Sandy Hook multiple killings, Adam Lanza, was on some form of psychiatric medication, possibly related to a reported diagnosis of a form of autism. Authorities have yet to make a statement on what, if any, psychiatric medications Lanza was on, or had been on in the past. The SSRI with the brand name Prozac is sometimes prescribed for autism.

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Overmedicating Patients and Speaking for Drug Makers

A jury in upstate New York recently found that a doctor’s negligence caused a patient to commit suicide by overmedicating him with psychiatric drugs. As it turns out, the same doctor was also paid more than $200,000 by various drugmakers for more than a decade to promote some of the same psychiatric medicines to other doctors, The Syracuse Post-Standard reports.

There is more. William Beals, 61, a family medicine doctor in Liverpool, New York, was disciplined by the state early last year for prescribing drugs to patients for years without ever seeing them in his office, the paper writes. In September, he was censured by the state for abusing alcohol and drugs, and placed on probation for five years.

In the state court malpractice trial, the jury awarded $1.5 million to the family of the former patient, a high school coach and teacher, after hearing testimony that Beals prescribed antidepressants and other drugs without seeing the patient for many years and also placed him on a dose that was too high before his death, according to the paper.

Meanwhile, he collected more than $58,000 from Eli Lilly (LLY), which sells the Zyprexa antipsychotic and Cymbalta antidepressant, in 2009 and 2010, according to information on the company web site (see this). However, the paper reports that Beals stopped working for Lilly as a speaker in 2010.

The drugmaker, however, declined to tell the paper which drugs that Beal helped promote or why his speaking work ended when it did. But in a pre-trial deposition filed in the malpractice case, Beals said he stopped working for Lilly because “… they no longer asked me,” according to the paper. He also acknowledged working for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), which makes the Paxil antidepressant, and the former Wyeth unit of Pfizer (PFE), which sells the Effexor antidepressant.

During the malpractice trial, Beals was accused of prescribing Paxil to the former patient for 10 years without ever seeing him, then doubling the dose of Paxil in 2009 and adding the Zyprexa antipsychotic, according to the paper. We reached Beals and asked for comment, but he declined to answer any questions.

“It’s one thing to have a physician who is following best practices and guidelines for treatment getting paid a lot of money to represent your product,” Art Levin of the Center for Medical Consumers tells the paper. “But to be paid a lot of money to be involved in a promotion of a product and inappropriately prescribe and manage treatment of that product, is unconscionable.”