To: MHRA Information Centre
Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org ; email@example.com
Sent: Sunday, February 10, 2008 3:50 PM
Subject: Suicide attempts
Please find attached a graph taken from the recently opened documents in the O’Neal v. SmithKline Beecham d/b/a GlaxoSmithKline case in the United States.
As you are aware the recent European Directive, supported by the MHRA has requested that suicide warnings be placed on ALL antidepressants in the UK. Strangely, this only applies to patients 25 years of age or under.
As you can clearly see in the graph attached, the suicide attempts not only occured in patients under the age of 25 - infact there were more suicide attempts from the age of 26 upwards. These seemed to occur within the first ten weeks of taking Seroxat (Paxil).
The Chair of the MHRA, Alisdair Breckenridge has publically stated that '...these drugs DO NOT cause suicide, they DO NOT cause suicidal thoughts in adults' (see video panorama 04.17 - http://youtube.com/watch?v=TozBgI5LyGc)
Three questions for you
1. Was Alisdair Breckenridge unaware at the time of his statement that the clinical trial results actually DID show that there was a high rate of suicide attempts in adults during the first ten weeks? If so, why?
2. Would Alisdair Breckenridge or the MHRA be prepared to now state that based on fresh new evidence, we believe that Seroxat DOES cause suicide in adults? If no, why?
3. As you are aware myself and others have been saying for the past four years or so that we beleive Seroxat does/can cause suicide in adults. If proved correct would you think it reasonable to publically apologise to all those patients and patients families whom have suffered at the hands of this drug?
Mr Robert Fiddaman
cc: Various colleagues, MP's and media
*For the purpose of this blog, the attachement I refer to in this email can be viewed here
Author of The evidence, however, is clear, the Seroxat scandal
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