Paxil Banned For 18 And Under In UK And Ireland
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US FDA Evaluating Paxil For Similar Ban
Dr. Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
For Drug Awareness
author of Prozac:
Panacea or Pandora? - Our Serotonin
Last week Paxil was banned for the use in children and teens in the
UK and Ireland. Warning letters were sent to all physicians asking
that Paxil no longer be given to children or youth because of the
potential for violence, suicide, self harm and medical damage. They
also warned of the serious addictive potential and withdrawal with
Our FDA is now evaluating the same NINE studies that have come to
light in this UK investigation. Last Friday Senator Charles Schumer
(Democrat-NY) asked our FDA to expedite their investigation and ban
Paxil in the US as well to protect our children from any additional
The studies in question have come to light TWELVE years after the
first of the studies was completed. The manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline,
may be facing criminal charges as a result of not disclosing the
results of these studies before now.
The authorities in the UK are continuing to evaluate all SSRI
antidepressants for safety in all age groups and will be reporting as
information is gathered.
After working on court cases involving these drugs for a decade and
a half I have all the inside information on many of the high profile
cases you have seen in the news. Cases in which the connection to
these drugs was not disclosed.
In light of this latest information I believe the data on these
cases should be made public. Families filing these wrongful death
cases generally have gag orders placed on them after a settlement, but
I don't. I also believe it is clear that this code of silence has led
to many additional deaths that should never have happened.
There are a large number of tragic cases involving Paxil and
children at this point. Although I wish I had never been forced to be
made aware of any of them, I unfortunately can discuss the details of
many at length. Just a few of them would be:
Cammy (15) and Logan Carr (10) killed their 6 year old brother in
Dallas last summer and buried him out back (both were on Paxil).
Elizabeth Bush (14) shot her classmate at her Catholic school in PA
two years ago while under the influence of Paxil.
Jarred Viktor (15), a CA boy who had never even been in a fight
before in his life, stabbed his grandmother 61 times after only five
days on Paxil.
In 1997 NJ Nick Mansies (15) invited a young boy (6) into his home
while he was selling cookies door to door. Under the influence of
Paxil Nick sodomized and beat the boy to death. Two months ago a 10
year old boy in NJ while on one of these antidepressants killed a 3
year old boy in the same way. The only difference is that younger and
younger children are the ones committing these violent acts upon
younger and younger children!
A 15 year old boy in TN shot and killed his father after 10 days on
Paxil and then attacked his mother with a shovel
Chris Shannahan (15) from Rigby, ID killed a woman in a convenience
store after three months on Paxil.
A 12 year old boy in Chester, SC shot his grandparents while they
slept and then he set the house on fire.
Add to this all of the youth suicides and children suffering
suicidal thoughts, cutting themselves, or going through terrible
During the past 14 years I have worked with thousands suffering
serious adverse reactions and withdrawal effects as a result of these
antidepressants. I have also written a thick book called "Prozac:
Panacea or Pandora? Our Serotonin Nightmare," about the SSRI
antidepressants, of which Paxil is one of the most potent. And as the
executive director of a nonprofit educational group focusing on
dangerous prescription medications (International Coalition for Drug
Awareness - www.drugawareness.org) I have lectured about the many
varied physical and psychiatric adverse reactions of antidepressants
for many years now.
Over the past decade I have been interviewed by numerous magazines,
newspapers, radio shows and television shows sounding a warning of the
dangers of SSRI antidepressants - exactly the same dangers that the
regulatory agencies in the UK and Ireland have just confirmed with
But I have never yet done an interview with you. Let's rectify that
problem because the public desperately needs this information to
protect their children. They also need to know how dangerous
withdrawal can be for their children along with information about how
to accomplish that safely!
I have been consulting in the Columbine tragedy and work closely
with Mark Taylor, the first boy shot that day. He took 7 - 13 bullets
in the chest that day collapsing both lungs. He is known as the
"Columbine Wonder Boy" because he survived those deadly wounds. You
saw him in Bowling for Columbine buying bullets at K-Mart.
In fact, if you would like to interview Mark as well he would love
to do that. And it would be good to interview Corey Baadsgard as well.
At first glance these two seem to be an odd couple. Why? Because Corey
almost committed a Columbine at his own school in a small farming
community in eastern Washington State while under the influence of
Mark and Corey have become good friends and together are educating
others about the dangers of these drugs. They know firsthand why
school shooting happen. Mark has forgiven Eric Harris for shooting him
and knows that Eric and Corey never would have been involved in a
school shooting if it were not for these antidepressants.
FYI: I was also the expert in the Phil Hartman murder/suicide and
worked closely with the family who is in full agreement with me
discussing the details of that case whenever I can to raise awareness
of these antidepressant dangers. That case was settled by Pfizer, the
makers of Zoloft, several years ago.
Just a few other cases I have consulted in are the Andrea Yates
case and many other mothers who have killed their children, the
Atlanta Day Trader shooting, the NY City subway bombing, the
Connecticut Lottery Shooting, the Edgewater Technologies shooting near
Boston, the decorated NJ police officer, Edward Lutz, who shot five of
his neighbors and attempted to kill his best friend, a police chief,
before killing himself last year, etc., etc., etc.
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