Sen. Grassley: Drug Companies “Bamboozled the FDA” on SSRI Antidepressants

“The report shows that Glaxo [makers of Paxil] knew in 1989, long before
Paxil was FDA approved, that people taking the drug were 8 times more likely to
engage in suicidal behavior than people given a placebo, or sugar pill. Now,
it stands to reason that even the most depressed person would decline to take
Paxil if given these facts. Also, parents certainly would decline if they
were told about the risks. . . .

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9/28/2000 – LA Times – Antidepressants Can Have a Range of Unpredictable Side E

Los Angeles Times Monday, September 25, 2000 Antidepressants Can Have a Range of Unpredictable Side Effects By JOE GRAEDON, TERESA GRAEDON Question: Our house burned down in December 1995. When my husband went for a blood pressure refill in April 1996, the doc asked how he was doing. My husband said, “A little depressed,” and…

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5/24/2000 – Falling Off Prozac

This appears today on the ABC News website at http://abcnews.go.com/sections/living/DailyNews/ssri000524.html Falling Off Prozac Doctors and Patients Unaware of Withdrawal Side Effects By Robin Eisner N E W Y O R K, May 24 — Tara Calhoun wanted to kill herself. The then-48-year-old mother of two from Norman, Okla., had forgotten to take her small dose…

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5/16/2000 – Long-Term Side Effects Surface With SSRIs

The following are excerpts from Clinical Psychiatry News about long-term adverse effects of SSRIs. They could have learned this YEARS earlier by reading my book, Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? but at least they are FINALLY talking about it and as many of you have asked, I thought you would want this reference. Ann Blake-Tracy, Executive…

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The Aftermath of Antidepressants

Note: Keep in mind that these drugs are all serotonergic agents and clones or “copy cat” drugs of Prozac – the first SSRI antidepressant introduced to the market in America. Basically what applies to one, applies to the others. For instance we have more data out on Prozac because it has been around longer, but as the mode of action is the same for all of these meds the effects will be the same for the other drugs on this list as it is for Prozac. If we are discussing one drug, similar effects would be expected from any other company’s version of the drug. In fact it would be more honest to give them the titles of Prozac #1, Prozac #2,Prozac #3, etc. rather than the brand names they have been given, from the second clone, Zoloft, to the latest Prozac clone, Celexa.

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