Source: Oakville Beaver
Sara Allison Carlin was an active, enthusiastic and academically successful student in high school. But all that changed in her final high school semester when she was prescribed the anti-depressant drug, Paxil, for anxiety. What followed was a downward spiral that ended in suicide. In order to prevent other parents from experiencing such a tragedy, Sara's parents contacted The Oakville Beaver to tell her story.
Read heartbreaking story HERE
"Sara, suffering from the side effects of a powerful anti-depressive drug, grabbed a piece of electrical wiring, fashioned a crude noose and hanged herself in the basement of her parents's house."
In response to queries from the Oakville Beaver, Peter Schram, of Corporate Communications, GlaxoSmithKline, the manufacturer of Paxil, issued this statement:
"Any suicide is tragic and the greatest risk for suicide is untreated depression.
"Paroxetine has been used by tens of millions of patients and has been proven to be a safe and effective treatment since its launch more than 15 years ago".
"The label contains instructions regarding the use of paroxetine and important safety information about the product".
"If patients have questions regarding the use of paroxetine, or the management of their depression, they should contact their health-care professional".
"Also, it is very important that patients do not stop taking paroxetine without first consulting with their doctor."
Perhaps Peter Schram, of Corporate Communications, GlaxoSmithKline should have added that his company knew years ago that Paxil caused children to have suicidal thoughts but decided not to release that information. HERE
Rest in Peace Sara
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