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Chris Cornell’s Wife Issues Statement, Blames Anxiety Medicine for Suicide


Interesting article about the death of Soundgarden lead singer, Chris Cornell. I loved Soundgarden when I was a teenager. RIP Chris,

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/chris-cornells-wife-issues-statement-w483179

 

Statement, Blames Anxiety Medicine for Suicide

“When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words,” Vicky Cornell says. “He was different”

Vicky Cornell, the wife of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, issued a statement Friday morning where she remembered her late husband, who died Thursday morning at the age of 52, and speculated whether his suicide was the result of taking too much of his anxiety medication.

“Chris’s death is a loss that escapes words and has created an emptiness in my heart that will never be filled. As everyone who knew him commented, Chris was a devoted father and husband. He was my best friend,” Vicky wrote.

“His world revolved around his family first and, of course, his music second. He flew home for Mother’s Day to spend time with our family. He flew out mid-day Wednesday, the day of the show, after spending time with the children. When we spoke before the show, we discussed plans for a vacation over Memorial Day and other things we wanted to do.”

However, following Soundgarden’s concert Wednesday night, Vicky noticed a change in her husband’s demeanor when they talked on the phone after the show.

“When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different. When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him,” she continued. “What happened is inexplicable and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details. I know that he loved our children and he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life.”

An attorney for the Cornell family, Kirk Pasich, reiterated Vicky’s belief that an extra dosage of Ativan, an anxiety medication often employed by recovering addicts, altered Chris Cornell’s mental faculties after the Detroit show. Pasich added that the Cornell family is “disturbed at inferences that Chris knowingly and intentionally took his life.”

“Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris — or if any substances contributed to his demise,” Pasich said. “Chris, a recovering addict, had a prescription for Ativan and may have taken more Ativan than recommended dosages. The family believes that if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing, and that drugs or other substances may have affected his actions.”

Pasich added that side effects of Ativan include “paranoid or suicidal thoughts, slurred speech and impaired judgment”; Vicky Cornell noted her husband’s slurred speech following the Detroit concert in her statement.

She added, “The outpouring of love and support from his fans, friends and family means so much more to us than anyone can know. Thank you for that, and for understanding how difficult this is for us.”

Hours after Cornell’s death at a Detroit hotel, a medical examiner’s report confirmed that the singer had died by suicide.

Chris Cornell, lead singer for Soundgarden, has died at age 52. Watch here.

EU health chief: children suffered ‘terrifying experiences’ from swine flu vaccine side effects


https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/health/eu-health-commissioner-narcolepsy-swine-flu-vaccine/

EU health chief: children suffered ‘terrifying experiences’ from swine flu vaccine side effects

European Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis said he wanted to prevent any more children suffering narcolepsy as a result of taking the swine flu vaccine Pandemrix.European Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis said he wanted to prevent any more children suffering narcolepsy as a result of taking the swine flu vaccine Pandemrix. (AFP PHOTO/Emmmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

The EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety has told i how Europe is preparing for another swine flu pandemic he hopes will avoid the previous “terrible outcome” where narcolepsy was triggered in around 100 British children following their vaccination against the disease.

Vytenis Andriukaitis, a heart surgeon, said the European Union, in conjunction with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other agencies, is drawing up new plans following “lessons learned” on how the 2009/10 swine flu outbreak was handled.

A main goal is to “increase flexibility” by addressing the response needed for pandemics of differing severity, from unknown to mild, moderate or severe.

“More research will be conducted together with other independent and EU-funded research to shed light on the causes of narcolepsy, such as how the vaccine might be able to trigger or unmask the condition.”

Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety

Following the last outbreak, there were huge delays in delivering the pandemic vaccine, Pandemrix, to certain countries. Communicating the risk versus benefits of the vaccine was considered extremely difficult and some nations reported a loss of public confidence in vaccination, in general, the EU found.

It has promised to increase transparency of the decision-making process, especially in relation to vaccine procurement. Although millions of people received the swine flu vaccine Pandemrix in 2009 without complications, it was subsequently shown to have devastating side effects in a number of people, especially children.

Around 1,700 adults and children across Europe are now registered in the EU database of adverse drug reactions as suffering from the lifelong neurological condition narcolepsy following their vaccination.

Mr Andriukaitis said he was upset about hearing from some of the children and their families at a recent meeting in Brussels where they called on him to launch a pan-EU wide inquiry into the cases that were triggered by use of the Pandemrix vaccine to treat the 2009/10 swine flu outbreak.

Almost 1,700 adults and children in total across Europe are registered in the EU database of adverse drug reactions who now suffer from the lifelong neurological condition as a result.

Earlier this month, the government lost a five-year legal battle at the Court of Appeal over vaccine injury payments.

The judgment was handed down following the battle between the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the family of an anonymous child known as ‘John’, following his diagnosis of the incurable neurological condition and an application in 2012 to the government’s compensation scheme under the Vaccine Damage Payment Act.

The DWP had appealed against an order ordering it to pay John, now 14, £120,000 compensation. Many other families, whose cases had been put on hold pending the outcome, should now receive the same compensation.

“I was very sorry and sad to hear again of the terrifying experience of the children and their families – and I expressed my personal words of sympathy to them [in Brussels],” Mr Andriukaitis told i.

EU funding

“In the Commission, we are funding research into the sleep disorders, including narcolepsy, with nearly EUR 30 million allocated through the Seventh Framework and Horizon 2020 research programmes.”

Mr Andriukaitis said epidemiological studies relating to Pandemrix vaccination in several European countries had indicated an increased risk of narcolepsy in vaccinated – as compared with unvaccinated – individuals.

“Patient safety is paramount to me – I am a medical doctor. It is also the absolute priority of the Commission.”

Vytenis Andriukaitis

The commissioner said the marketing authorisation holder, responsible for reviewing and assessing data to support a medicinal product, has committed to continue to collect and submit any new data related to narcolepsy to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), including after the expiry of Pandemrix authorisation in 2015.

“Patient safety is paramount to me – I am a medical doctor,” Mr Andriukaitis said. “It is also the absolute priority of the Commission. And I would like to reassure you that a medicine, including a vaccine, can only be placed on the EU market after an authorisation has been granted based on a positive assessment of the benefit-risk balance related to its use.

“But this is not enough. This is why, after the initial authorisation, the safety of a product is followed during its whole life-cycle. The Commission and the Member States work together in the Health Security Committee to strengthen pandemic influenza preparedness and crisis management in the EU by updating national pandemic influenza preparedness plans. To this end, work on a guide for influenza pandemic plan will be finalised in the committee soon.”

Further research needed

Mr Andriukaitis said GSK, the makers of Pandemrix, has carried out further research into the link between its drug and narcolepsy.

“More will be conducted together with other independent and EU-funded research to shed light on the causes of narcolepsy, such as how the vaccine might be able to trigger or unmask the condition. All data will be reviewed by EMA’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use as soon as they become available.

“As European decision-makers, our constant objective is to prevent such terrible situations from occurring again.”

Claire Crisp, whose daughter Mathilda needs round the clock care after she developed narcolepsy following her Pandemrix vaccination, said she could only take comfort in another swine flu vaccination program if various measures were guaranteed.

They include “complete transparency” on behalf of the manufacturers GSK and the EU with respect to the content of the vaccine and potential side effects with the information available to every consenting patient.

“I am not anti-vaccine. I am pro-health, pro-science and pro-choice when it comes to vaccinations,” she said.

“Parents should have access to information pertaining to the content of vaccines and whether or not clinical trials were completed. The lack of transparency and honesty on behalf of GSK and the British government harmed hundreds of children who have been devastated by an incurable neurological disorder that requires round the clock treatment. This must never happen again.”

What is swine flu?

Swine flu is an infection caused by any one of several types of swine influenza viruses, the best known arguably the H1N1 virus. It is a respiratory disease caused by influenza viruses that infect the respiratory tract of pigs and result in a barking cough, decreased appetite, nasal secretions, and listless behavior.

The virus can be transmitted to humans.

Swine flu was initially seen in humans in Mexico in 2009. The virus appeared to be a new strain of H1N1 which resulted when a previous triple reassortment of bird, swine and human flu viruses further combined with a Eurasian pig flu virus, leading to the term “swine flu”.

Unlike most strains of influenza, H1N1 does not disproportionately infect adults older than 60. This was an unusual and characteristic feature of the H1N1 pandemic. Even in the case of previously very healthy people, a small percentage will develop pneumonia or acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).

Psychiatric Drug Carnage…


https://www.adn.com/opinions/2017/01/12/misguided-mental-health-system-needs-an-overhaul/

Misguided mental health system needs an overhaul

Esteban Santiago is taken from the Broward County main jail as he is transported to the federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S., January 9, 2017. Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel via REUTERS

Esteban Santiago is taken from the Broward County main jail as he is transported to the federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S., January 9, 2017. Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel via REUTERS

The glaring failures surrounding Esteban Santiago, resulting in the tragic killing of five people and wounding of eight others in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, prompts me to make some points about our misguided mental health system.

First, psychiatrists have no ability to predict who is going to be violent. In a Jan. 3, 2013, Washington Post article, “Predicting violence is a work in progress,” after reviewing the research, writer David Brown, reported:

• “There is no instrument that is specifically useful or validated for identifying potential school shooters or mass murderers.”

• “The best-known attempt to measure violence in mental patients found that mental illness by itself didn’t predict an above-average risk of being violent.”

• “(S)tudies have shown psychiatrists’ accuracy in identifying patients who would become violent was slightly better than chance.”

• “(T)he presence of a mental disorder (is) only a small contributor to risk, outweighed by other factors such as age, previous violent acts, alcohol use, impulsivity, gang membership and lack of family support.”

In hindsight, the danger Santiago represented seems clear, but psychiatrists simply cannot predict violence.

Second, the mental health system clearly did not help Santiago. The system is fundamentally misdirected towards drug treatment for the completely unproven, and likely untrue, theory that what gets diagnosed as mental illness is the result of some brain defect.

It seems fair to assume what would most likely have benefited Santiago was help dealing with his traumatic war experiences. Because of patient confidentiality we don’t know, but it seems likely Santiago was instead just given psychiatric drugs.

Third, it is known psychiatric drugs are the cause of just the sort of inexplicable mass-shootings perpetrated by Santiago. As the International Society of Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry said in a statement following the Sandy Hook school massacre:

• Christopher Pittman was on antidepressants when he killed his grandparents.

• Eric Harris, one of the gunmen in the Columbine High School shooting, was taking Luvox. His partner, Dylan Klebold, had taken Zoloft and Paxil.

• Doug Williams, who killed five and wounded nine of his fellow Lockheed Martin employees, was on Zoloft and Celexa.

• Michael McDermott was on three antidepressants when he fired off 37 rounds and killed seven of his fellow employees in the Massachusetts Wakefield massacre.

• Kip Kinkel was on Prozac when he killed his parents and then killed two children and wounded 25 at a nearby school.

• In 14 recent school shootings, acts committed by persons taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs resulted in over 100 wounded and 58 killed.

• In other school shootings, information about the shooter’s prescription drug use and other medical history were kept from public records.

Fourth, the over-reliance on psychiatric drugs is extremely harmful and counterproductive. These drugs are so physically harmful that those diagnosed with serious mental illness by the mental health system have a lower life expectancy of 20-25 years.

In addition, it has been shown a noncoercive approach, that selectively uses neuroleptics (mismarketed as “antipsychotics”), can achieve an 80 percent recovery rate, while our system of “drugs for everyone forever” results in only a 5 percent recovery rate.

Dr. Loren Mosher, former chief of the Center for Studies of Schizophrenia at the National Institute of Mental Health, testified in one of my cases that he probably had more experience with unmedicated psychotics than anyone alive. He said he has never had to involuntarily commit anyone because he always made it a point to establish a relationship with his patient so they could agree on a course of action.

He testified that if somebody was about to do grievous harm he would stop them in any way needed, but he had never had to because of his approach.

Locking people up and drugging them against their will is not the answer. In addition to the drugs, the violence against patients by the mental health system begets violence from some of them.

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We need noncoercive programs that help people deal with their problems and the traumatic events in their lives. We need to make people feel safe, listen to what they are telling us are their problems, and what assistance they would like.

Even the craziest person is telling us something useful if we take the time to listen and interpret. There are places that successfully do not use force against psychiatric patients.

We should start doing what works and provide noncoercive, truly helpful services for people diagnosed with serious mental illness.

Jim Gottstein was a plaintiffs’ attorney in the 1 million-acre mental health lands trust litigation, resulting in the creation of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. For the past 14 years, he has donated his services to the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights. He has won five Alaska Supreme Court cases regarding involuntary commitment and forced drugging on the grounds both are unconstitutional or illegal.

The views expressed here are the writer’s and are not necessarily endorsed by Alaska Dispatch News, which welcomes a broad range of viewpoints. To submit a piece for consideration, email commentary@alaskadispatch.com. Send submissions shorter than 200 words to letters@alaskadispatch.com. 

“…We took him to the doctor and he was put on drugs…”


“…by the time he was 19, they dragged him to a psychiatrist, who prescribed an antipsychotic drug, a tranquilizer and an antidepressant…”

“He wasn’t someone who was living in the real world.”

“…He said the family had taken Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel to a doctor who prescribed medication to counter his depression, but described his son as “always alone, always depressed” and not wanting to talk..”

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-16/what-we-know-about-the-nice-attacker/7634642

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/25/world/europe/nice-france-bastille-day-attacks.html?_r=0

Mental illness (whatever that is) is not to blame for many of these violent acts. The common denominator in many cases like these is psychiatric drugs (known to cause dangerous, often violent side effects).

Check out the website- Antidepaware for hundreds of documented cases of psychiatric drug induced violence. And check out madinAmerica for brilliant articles from many highly respected and educated people (working in the mental health arena) willing to speak out about these dangerous psychiatric drugs…

What ‘medication’ was the Nice Attacker ( Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel) prescribed over the years? what psychiatric drugs was he on before or during the attack?

These are questions which the media needs to ask…

 

https://www.rt.com/news/351637-nice-attacker-family-psychiatric/

“…He’d get angry and shout and break everything around him. He was violent and very ill. We took him to the doctor and he was put on drugs…

..Whenever there was a crisis, we took him back again. He was always alone. Always silent, refusing to talk. Even in the street, he wouldn’t greet people.”..

-Father of the Nice Jihad Attacker

(Lahouaiej Bouhlel)

“…Desperate, by the time he was 19, they dragged him to a psychiatrist, who prescribed an antipsychotic drug, a tranquilizer and an antidepressant”..


Psychiatric drugs (such as SSRI’s like Seroxat) can turn some people aggressive, violent, hostile, and even murderous and suicidal…

Psychiatrists won’t tell you that, and neither will your doctor, and the drug companies will warn in the small print on the PIL’s (to cover their asses from lawsuits)…

But the ones who will tell you the truth about these dangerous drugs are those of us who have been prescribed them… those of us who experienced these hideous and disturbing side effects…

The psychiatric SSRI drug Seroxat made me aggressive, volatile and suicidal, it did the same to many others too…

Seroxat has been devastating lives since at least the mid 90’s…


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-509303/Maker-happy-pill-Seroxat-sued-man-killed-wife-drug.html

Maker of ‘happy pill’ Seroxat is sued by man who killed wife while on drug

By ANDREW WILKS

Last updated at 22:43 19 January 2008

Dorey, a chef, was jailed for life in August 2002 for murdering his wife Christine, 37, at their home in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, while their three young children slept upstairs.

At his trial Dorey, who will be eligible for parole in 2011, admitted manslaughter and told police he had “just flipped” because he believed his wife was having an affair.

She was hit at least ten times with a club hammer.

When Dorey was found in his car shortly afterwards, he had a packet of Seroxat tablets with him.

He had dialled 999 to tell police what he had done.


Since it was first prescribed in 1990, Seroxat has been linked to at least

50 suicides.

GSK, which makes up to £1billion a year from the drug, has been accused of failing to act on warnings that it could have serious side-effects, including personality changes.

In 2003 it was banned for under-18s amid concerns it contributed to suicide among adolescents with depression.

The same year a man arrested for armed robbery had charges dropped after medical reports concluded his behaviour could have been altered by Seroxat withdrawal symptoms.

 

 

 

 

Alli (GSK’s Weight Loss Pill): Another GSK Product With ‘Hidden Harms’? …


A weight-loss pill taken by millions of patients in the last two decades has been propped up by problematic clinical studies that “systematically understated” the drug’s potential harms, according to a new analysis. Danish researchers who reviewed data summaries and published journal articles found that seven drug trials funded by the drug maker Roche in the 1990s downplayed the frequency of apparent side effects like diarrhea or incontinence.

The drug, known to scientists as orlistat, and marketed in the US as Alli, has generated hundreds of millions in sales but has slumped in recent years in part because of a reputation for unpleasant gastrointestinal side effects.

The analysis shines light on “something that clinicians often are suspicious of: that the adverse event reporting in clinical trials doesn’t give the whole picture,” said Dr. Raj Padwal, a clinical pharmacologist and internist at the University of Alberta, who was not involved in the analysis.

The new research, published Tuesday in PLOS Medicine, didn’t examine the data reports that were submitted to the Food and Drug Administration when orlistat was approved, first in 1999 as a prescription drug sold by Roche as Xenical or later as a low-dose, over-the-counter pill sold by GlaxoSmithKline as Alli. (The FDA did, however, review the data from the trials in question.)

Those trials, conducted in the 1990s by researchers at academic or medical centers, resulted in journal articles. To evaluate the thoroughness of these articles, the Danish researchers compared them to data summaries submitted to European regulators, which were obtained by filing Freedom of Information Act requests. They found that the publications disclosed just a fraction — between 14 and 33 percent — of patients’ so-called “adverse events” as compared to the data summaries.

For example, two of the publications left out apparent side effects that occurred in fewer than 5 percent of trial participants; another counted multiple reports from the same patient as just one adverse event.

Another two articles, which are listed currently on Alli’s website as evidence of the drug’s safety and effectiveness, were also problematic. One of them only reported apparent side effects deemed “common”; the other omitted reports of apparent side effects that weren’t at least twice as common among trial participants taking the drug as those taking a placebo.

All of the studies in question still stand in the scientific literature.

Anja von Treskow, a spokeswoman for Roche, said the reporting on the trials “was done according to the standards of the time” and that the company “continuously update[s] our methods” to comply with changing standards.

Joanmarie Goddard, a spokeswoman for Alli’s marketer, GlaxoSmithKline, said the company “take[s] adverse event reporting for our products very seriously and routinely monitor[s] safety information in conjunction with health care professionals and regulatory agencies worldwide.”

The rise and fall of a weight-loss pill

In the first year after Roche brought Xenical to market in the US, the drug brought in $600 million worldwide. Over the course of the 2000s, the drug was prescribed 11 million times in the US, according to an analysis of data from the consumer group Public Citizen. When GSK launched the drug over-the-counter as Alli in 2007, it blew through the gates, selling $155 million in its first weeks on the market.

The drug, which is meant to be paired with diet and exercise, works by preventing the body from absorbing fat. But excreting lots of fat makes the stool oily, leading to gastrointestinal side effects for many patients.

Even at the drug’s peak, warning signs were apparent. US prescriptions of Xenical declined every year. A 2007 study of nearly 17,000 patients found that just 6 percent of participants were still taking Xenical after one year; after two years, it was down to 2 percent.

That’s an indication that “the balance between efficacy and harms is not very beneficial,” said Dr. Jeppe Schroll, lead author of the new analysis and a researcher at the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Copenhagen.

Then in 2010, the FDA added a warning to both Xenical and Alli cautioning about “rare reports” of liver damage; a 2012 study found such alarming toxicity effects that the researcher immediately reported his findings to the FDA.

Roche no longer markets Xenical in the US, though generic versions of the prescription drug are still available. GSK no longer breaks out Alli sales in its financial reports, and wouldn’t comment on current sales figures for the drug. A pack of 120 Alli pills sells online for $56.

In spite of orlistat’s struggles, drug makers aren’t giving up on the pill. A Canadian drug company, M Pharmaceutical, is working on a reformulated alternative that will steer clear of the existing drug’s “socially unacceptable ‘underwear issues.’”

The problem of hidden harms

It’s hard to say how common the harms reporting discrepancies uncovered in the new orlistat analysis are.

The Danish researchers noted that space restrictions in journals may have played a role in what was disclosed, and that data reporting standards that have since been developed might make their findings less applicable to newer drugs.

Dr. Rohan Khera, a cardiology fellow at UT Southwestern Medical Center who has studied the effectiveness of different weight-loss drugs, called the new analysis “a good start in figuring out that there is a need to study this in further detail.”

Dr. Sidney Wolfe, a consumer advocate with Public Citizen who has unsuccessfully petitioned US regulators to take orlistat off the market, believes the stakes are high. “If you’re a doctor and rely on medical journals, you may be misled. Doctors don’t have the time to go reading the actual raw data,” he said.

Helen O’Driscoll thinks parents should be told of children’s medication


http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/mother-who-lost-three-boys-urges-disclosure-of-mental-treatment-31467141.html

Ms O’Driscoll told the Irish Independent she was “totally shocked” by the number of medications Jonathan was on.

“I found a lot of tablets after Jonathan had passed away, God speed him. He seemed to be on a lot of tablets. But his inquest heard that it was reckoned he hadn’t taken any medication at all for about a week before it happened.”

https://truthman30.wordpress.com/2015/08/20/what-meds-did-they-prescribe-jonathan-o-driscoll/


The mother of twin boys who were stabbed to death by their older brother, who then took his own life, says she thinks parents should be better informed of their children’s medication.

It emerged that 21-year-old Jonathan O’Driscoll had been off his tablets for a number of days before he stabbed nine-year-old twins, Thomas and Patrick, more than 40 times each at their home in Charleville, Co Cork, last September.

Doctors do not have to inform parents of their children’s medication once they are no longer minors.

Their mother Helen O’Driscoll says she would have monitored Jonathan if she had known.

Helen said: “I think the age barrier of confidentiality for an adult, they call them adults now from 18 upwards, I think that should stop.

Helen went on to state that she didn’t know how sick Jonathan was, saying that she didn’t know how much medication he was on: “No I did not know.

“I think their parents have the right to know if they’re suffering with some sort of a problem or if they have whatever kind of sickness that they have… They’ll look more clearly.

“Whereas, if you don’t know what he is taking or what medication he’s on, you don’t know what’s from day to day.

“They reckon he didn’t take any medication for about a week when he died.”

Parents Sue GlaxoSmithKline for Daughter’s Zofran Death


June 28, 2015, 08:00:00AM. By
Deertrail, CO: Amanda recently filed a product liability complaint against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the maker of Zofran, claiming the drug she used during pregnancy caused her son to be born with a birth defect.

Zofran Linked to Hypospadias Birth Defect, Mother Furious“My son was born with hypospadias, where the urethra forms abnormally and is not at the top of his penis,” says Amanda. “The urologist told me that it is a birth defect.” The urethra forms during weeks 8-14 of pregnancy: Amanda took Zofran to help treat morning sickness during her second trimester, which is from week 13 to the end of week 26.

The abnormal opening can form anywhere from just below the end of the penis to the scrotum, and there are different degrees of hypospadias; some can be minor and some more severe, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Amanda’s son required surgery when he was two months old to correct the problem but he still suffers from the birth defect.

“I don’t know if I can put my son through another surgery,” says Amanda. “I first noticed that his penis wasn’t normal after his circumcision – he wasn’t urinating properly. Now he is three years old and still having problems: he says it hurts. I’m scared about putting him through another surgery in case it doesn’t get corrected again. But I am getting a second opinion.”

When Amanda discovered last year that there was a link to Zofran and hypospadias, she was furious. “I cried so much, and the guilt is overwhelming. I am constantly dealing with this issue. You think that taking a drug is safe, especially for something ‘simple’ like morning sickness. Finding out the danger of this drug really is devastating, and very scary. And to top it off, I heard that the Zofran manufacturer was aware of Zofran birth defects yet didn’t recall it.”

In 2004, the medical journal An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology indicated a “possible” link between Zofran (ondansetron)] and hypospadias. The study noted that more studies are required and suggested that GSK lacked safety research on its drug. As well, the researchers said that “Despite the fact that it is not indicated, women are being prescribed this drug for the treatment of nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP).”

“When my son pees, his penis points down at an angle. He has two holes, and urinates from one of them. He is a healthy boy except for this,” Amanda adds. “I didn’t take Zofran with my second child and he is fine. Thank god I didn’t have NVP with him, or maybe I was just able to handle the nausea better.

“I can’t believe there is a drug on the market that can harm innocent babies. I’d like to see that come off the shelf. I hope this message serves as a warning to pregnant women who are considering taking Zofran.” Add to Amanda’s warning, doctors who prescribe it.

The US Department of Justice in 2012 reached a $3 billion settlement with GSK after the government alleged the company promoted the off-label uses of several drugs, including Zofran.

Aurora Shooter James Holmes And Psychiatric Medication (Setraline/Zoloft And Clonazepam/Benzo)


Some news out recently from the James Holmes (cinema shooter) trial in Colorado. Two psychiatric medications were found in Holmes’ apartment- Setraline/Zoloft and Clonazepam (a Benzo). The article from CNN doesn’t say what dose Holmes was prescribed of these meds, however Zoloft and Benzos do have serious side effects which included ‘worsening depression’, ‘personality changes’, psychosis, etc etc. It is not known at this point in the trial of James Holmes whether the side effects of these medications have played a part in causing Holmes to murder 12 people and injure scores of others in this horrific mass murder cinema shooting. However, psychiatric medications have long been linked to violence, aggression, suicide, murder, and murder suicide and it will be interesting to hear what the psychiatrist who prescribed these meds to Holmes (Lynne Fenton) says when she testifies…

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/05/23/us/james-holmes-trial-aurora-colorado-movie-theater-shooting/

3. Prescription medicine in Holmes’ apartment

While Holmes’ defense team has not cross-examined any of the survivors who have taken the witness stand, they did question an Aurora police detective who searched Holmes’ apartment.

Detective Thomas Wilson collected several items from the apartment on Paris Street on the day after the shooting.

Wilson seized receipts, a wall hanging, a vehicle title and a backpack, among other evidence — mostly mundane, everyday items that most college students would have hanging around.

However, there were a couple of items the defense chose to point out, some medications collected from a medicine cabinet in Holmes’ bathroom. They included sertraline and clonazepam, both apparently prescribed by an L. Fenton, according to the prescription labels.

“And you recognize that L. Fenton to be the psychiatrist at CU,” defense lawyer Katherine Spengler questioned, emphasizing that Holmes had sought mental health help while he was a grad student at the University of Colorado.

“Yes, ma’am,” Wilson responded.

Sertraline is typically used for depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic attacks and social anxiety disorder, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Clonazepam may be used to treat seizures, panic disorders and anxiety.

It’s unknown exactly why Holmes’ had been prescribed these medications. In opening statements, the defense asserted that Holmes lives with schizophrenia.

Dr. Lynne Fenton is expected to testify at some point.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-dr-lynne-fenton-james-holmes-20150603-story.html

What will Dr. Lynne Fenton say about her former patient James Holmes?

 

By Maria L. La Ganga contact the reporter

Lynne Fenton was the mental health professional who treated Holmes longest and is expected to testify at trial

Some of the mystery surrounding the Aurora, Colo., theater massacre has been cleared up — at least as far as the prosecution is concerned — as the sixth week of trial begins to wind down.

Large swathes of James E. Holmes’ strange brown notebook have been read aloud in open court, and the entire volume has been released to the public. Victims, whose names were blacked out of otherwise open court documents, have testified about their pain and loss.
James Holmes speaks: ‘I just considered them numbers really, not people’
James Holmes speaks: ‘I just considered them numbers really, not people’

The jury has heard the 27-year-old acknowledged shooter, who killed 12 people and injured 70, talk about what happened in Theater 9 of the Century 16 multiplex via 22 hours of video recordings played over the last week in Division 201 of the Arapahoe County Justice Center. The entire trial is being live-streamed.

But one voice that has yet to be heard is that of Dr. Lynne Fenton, the psychiatrist who treated Holmes the longest and was the last mental health professional to see him before the July 20, 2012, rampage during a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.”
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Holmes faces 166 charges, including first-degree murder and attempted murder. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Fenton was medical director of the student mental health service at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, where Holmes was a graduate student in the neuroscience program.

Fenton saw Holmes several times over the first half of 2012. Their last appointment was on June 11, 2012, around the time he was dropping out of school.

James Holmes’ sealed notebook gets mentioned by prosecution, and defense
James Holmes’ sealed notebook gets mentioned by prosecution, and defense

On July 19, Holmes mailed the psychiatrist his brown, spiral-bound notebook. But she never received the slim volume, with her troubled patient’s plans to “kill as many people as possible” and his strange ramblings.

Fenton is expected to testify during the five-month proceeding, although it is not clear which side she will testify for and whose case she will help most. An exhaustive gag order keeps everyone involved in the trial from speaking outside the courtroom.

But the prosecution has played the video recordings of court-appointed psychiatrist Dr. William Reid prodding Holmes in an effort to assess whether the defendant is sane.

And during those interviews, Holmes talked about his relationship with his former doctor. She was afraid of him, he said, and called campus officials with her concerns about safety. He said he never told Fenton about buying guns and protective clothing and planning a massacre.

Fenton had prescribed Holmes sertraline, a generic version of Zoloft used to treat depression, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder; and Clonazepam, usually prescribed to treat anxiety and panic attacks.

The drugs may have had an unfortunate side effect, as was evident in the recorded interviews.

Reid: What about the psychiatry with Fenton made the fear go away?

Holmes: I thought the drug sertraline helped reduce anxiety and fear.

Reid: It sounds a little like you’re saying, if you hadn’t had the medication, the shootings never would have taken place.

Holmes: I’d say it was a possibility.

Once Holmes left school, his insurance would not cover his sessions with Fenton, he said. One way he communicated his money problems, he told Reid, was to slide $400 in burned $20 bills into the notebook before he mailed it.

“Money was a factor with me not continuing the therapy,” Holmes said. “If I stayed and got further treatment I might have not done the shooting.”

Aine’s story: ‘I was unaware of potential adverse effects to my prescribed antidepressants’


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Aine’s story: ‘I was unaware of potential adverse effects to my prescribed antidepressants’

Published 13/05/2015 | 08:51

Aine O'Beirne Open Gallery 1
Aine O’Beirne

“I’ve suffered from anxiety most of my life. About 10 years ago I started to get panic attacks. I was prescribed the antidepressant SSRI Citalopram and was on it for about three years. Initially it did seem to help. However, I was unaware of potential adverse effects.

In the summer of 2008, I went into mania psychosis while on the SSRI. Psychosis is a temporary loss of touch with reality. There was a spiritual aspect to my experience. I wasn’t violent. I live in a culture that lacks empathy and understanding of such experiences, even more so seven years ago.

I ended up admitted to a psychiatric hospital without being involved in that decision. I did have more insight into what was going on than people seemed to realise. I found the initial admission to hospital very traumatic, even more distressing than the symptoms I was experiencing.

Stigma

I was never told that antidepressants could cause these symptoms, despite the evidence that is out there. Knowing this would have helped immensely, especially with the social stigma.

I was quickly given the label “bipolar”, which should not happen when the drug can be causing the symptoms.

While some tranquilisers can offer relief to a person when used short-term, I was unnecessarily put on several strong and potentially damaging drugs long-term. These drugs were very sedating.

I slept half the day and had a poor quality of life.

A turning point was when I connected to the right doctors and went to see Prof Ivor Browne who listened to my human story and gave me a new perspective. Ivor worked in a methodical way. He told me I was not “mentally ill”, which was quite liberating.

It’s been a difficult seven years. My career ended, which created another set of problems.

The whole experience has affected some of my personal relationships. I use WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) in my recovery and benefit from self-awareness, rest, yoga, meditation, exercise, nutrition, mindfulness, journaling and talk therapy. Support from others is vital.

Relapse

Any changes to the drugs a person is on needs to be made slowly and under the supervision of a doctor.

I am now off most of the drugs nearly four years. In the first two years I was prone to relapse as my body readjusted to being off prescribed psychoactive drugs.

I no longer go into mania psychosis, which is a major step in my recovery journey.

I’m hoping others may learn from my story. I engage with the mental health system through a number of initiatives in the hope of bringing about change.

Certain changes such as an open dialogue approach can make such a difference to the person in emotional distress.”

Aine O’Beirne was prescribed an SSRI antidepressant 10 years ago. Three years later she went into psychosis and hasn’t been able to work since

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