PROZAC: Suicide Attempt: Teen: New York

Paragraph three reads:  “His father was an abusive heroin
addict, whose crazy, rebellious streak he emulated. A wild kid who was beaten by
his stepfather and uncle, Cage got into drugs and was committed by his mom to a
psychiatric hospital as a teen. There, he was among the first test
cases for
Prozac, and he attempted suicide with
shoelaces
and the tape from a
Big Daddy Kane cassette. Such trials are
recounted throughout his catalog, and his persona­a decadent, nihilistic,
drug-addled MC­was cultivated in his single “Agent Orange” and 2002 debut,
Movies for the Blind.”

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Rapper Cage Takes Off in a New Direction, Whether Anyone Follows or
Not

By Chris
Parker

Published on November 25, 2009 at 1:52pm

Details:

Cage performs with Less Than Jake on Wednesday, December 9, at the
Granada Theater.

Just because an artist evolves doesn’t mean his
fans will. So, while Chris
Palko
, aka Cage, may have experienced a personal epiphany that’s taken his
music in a new direction, he doesn’t blame his fans for not wanting to come
along for the ride.

See, the rapper’s latest, Depart From Me, is
hardly a rap album at all. Rife with indie-tronic synth and raging guitars
(courtesy of ex-

Hatebreed guitarist Sean
Martin
), it follows up on the direction hinted at by his Darryl
Palumbo
2005 collaboration, “Shoot Frank,” off his second album, Hell’s
Winter
. Only, this time, there are hardly any beats at all. There’s also a
more positive tone­though only slightly more positive­which is
equally bewildering given the darkness Cage sings about.

His father was
an abusive heroin addict, whose crazy, rebellious streak he emulated. A wild kid
who was beaten by his stepfather and uncle, Cage got into drugs and was
committed by his mom to a psychiatric hospital as a teen. There, he was among
the first test cases for Prozac,
and he attempted suicide with shoelaces and the tape from a Big
Daddy Kane
cassette. Such trials are recounted throughout his catalog, and
his persona­a decadent, nihilistic, drug-addled MC­was cultivated in his
single “Agent Orange” and 2002 debut, Movies for the Blind.

He
dropped the drugs and degrading sexual undertone on Hell’s Winter, but
his latest even attempts to short-circuit some of the self-hate and angst. It’s
expressed on tracks like the punky “Fat Kids Need an Anthem,” which keenly
dissects his former food issues, and “Captain Bumout,” which repudiates his old
image, suggesting “there’s more than being in a club, getting drunk, one of us
throwing up and waking up like we’re in love.” One catalyst for both the change
in sound and expression is his friend and protégé Camu Tao, who died of cancer
last year.

“After he passed away, my entire world fell apart,” Cage says.
“I had never been so wounded in my whole life. I had been through so much. I
felt like in life, as a little kid, gritting your teeth and clutching your
fists, you can take anything, but then the grown man just is
broken.”

But, really, the change began several years ago, when Cage and
his tour mates watched videos of their performances and became dissatisfied with
the stale elements of typical hip-hop.

“We saw ourselves walking back and
forth on the videotape, trying to say ho,” Cage recalls. “After a while, you get
tired of doing the same thing over and over. And, then, it’s either join in on
the reindeer games or start your own.”

They watched videos of Black
Flag
and Iggy
Pop
, trying to adopt rock mannerisms. The change in music comes out of the
same impulse, as Depart From Me represents an attempt to bring the sound
in line with the stage show. To that end, Hatebreed’s Martin joins Cage and his
DJ on tour, playing guitar and keyboard parts. And, as such, even old songs are
getting a facelift.

Meanwhile, Cage’s spirit has already gotten one.
Watching his friend die of cancer made his bleak attitude hard to
sustain.

“I couldn’t come in and say, ‘Hey, listen to my songs. I know
you’re dying, but listen to my songs about wanting to die,'” he says. “I didn’t
know what to do, so I started making songs that were a little
happier.”

While he understands his fans’ frustration with the new

direction, he couldn’t care less about pissy blog rants or reviews.

“When
I was 16 years old, I was selling crack and was a buck-fifty, in people’s faces
with box cutters. I wasn’t sitting on the Internet, telling people they’re
faggots because I don’t like their music,” Cage says. “People don’t get it. The
record’s called Depart From Me, dude. You don’t get
it?”

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PAXIL: BIRTH DEFECTS – TEST CASE FOR OVER 600 MORE CASES – USA

First two paragraphs read:  “GlaxoSmithKline P.L.C., the
world’s second-biggest drugmaker, begins a trial in Philadelphia next week in
what may be a test case for more than 600

lawsuits over claims that the company’s antidepressant drug Paxil causes birth defects.”

“Patients and their parents say internal company documents
show Glaxo failed to warn consumers about the risks of Paxil until forced
to do so in 2005 by the Food and Drug Administration.
In the trial set
to start Monday, Michelle David blames the drug for causing life-threatening
heart defects in her son, Lyam Kilker, now age 3.”

Glaxo trial opens here Monday in what could be Paxil test case

By Sophia Pearson and Margaret Cronin Fisk

Bloomberg
News
GlaxoSmithKline P.L.C., the world’s second-biggest drugmaker, begins a
trial in Philadelphia next week in what may be a test case for more than 600

lawsuits over claims that the company’s antidepressant drug Paxil causes birth
defects.

Patients and their parents say internal company documents show
Glaxo failed to warn consumers about the risks of Paxil until forced to do so in
2005 by the Food and Drug Administration. In the trial set to start Monday,
Michelle David blames the drug for causing life-threatening heart defects in her
son, Lyam Kilker, now age 3.

The company, based in London and with major
operations in Philadelphia and its suburbs, faces two more such trials each
month from October through January in state court in Philadelphia.

“The
early cases set the parameters for any global settlement negotiations,” said
David Logan, dean and professor of law at Roger Williams University in Bristol,
R.I.

Paxil, approved by the FDA in 1992, generated about $942 million in
sales last year, 2.1 percent of the total for the company.

Glaxo has
settled other Paxil-related cases, including a suit brought by the New York
Attorney General’s Office accusing the company of withholding safety data about
the antidepressant.

The drugmaker isn’t liable for Lyam Kilker’s heart

defects, and it acted responsibly in testing Paxil and updating safety
information, Kevin Colgan, a Glaxo spokesman, said in an e-mail.

“The
scientific evidence simply does not establish that exposure to Paxil during
pregnancy caused Lyam Kilker’s condition,” Colgan said. “Very unfortunately,
birth defects occur in 3 to 5 percent of all live births, whether or not the
mother was taking medication during pregnancy.”

The FDA said in an alert
to doctors on Dec. 8, 2005, that preliminary studies suggested Paxil might
contribute to heart defects in infants when taken in the first three months of
pregnancy. The government asked the company to update the label enclosed with
the medicine, changing its birth-defect warning.

The FDA’s action does
not prove any connection between Paxil use and birth defects, Glaxo said in
court filings in July.

“GlaxoSmithKline will show it acted properly and
responsibly in conducting its clinical trial program for Paxil, in marketing the
medicine, in monitoring its safety once it was approved for use and in updating
pregnancy information in the medicine’s label as new information became
available,” Glaxo’s Colgan said.

Lawyers for patients say Glaxo
documents show the company had known since 1980 that Paxil could raise the risk
of birth defects.

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