|Tony Donnelly and Leonie Fennell, parents of Cipramil victim, Shane Clancy|
Last week Danish pharmaceutical giant, Lundbeck, opened its doors to Leonie Fennell and Tony Donnelly, the parents of 22 year old Shane Clancy.
Shane had been taking Lundbeck's antidepressant, Cipramil [known as Celexa in the US] for just 17 days before ending his life in bizarre fashion by attacking three people [killing one] before stabbing himself 19 times.
The resulting inquest returned an open verdict, a finding by a coroner's jury of death without stating the cause.
Both Tony and Leonie are convinced that Cipramil played a major part in Shane's decision making that day, research by experts would suggest that they have a point. Lundbeck, on the other hand, deny that their drugs citalopram and escitalopram can cause suicide.
It takes immense courage to face the murderer of your child, Tony and Leonie believe Lundbeck manufactured a product that resulted in their child brutally killing himself.
With this in mind they both travelled to Copenhagen earlier this week and met with Lundbeck officials, Dr. Madsen and a Public Relations Officer, Anders Schroll. It was the second anniversary of Shane's death.
Tony and Leonie also handed out 1500 leaflets outside the Lundbeck building [Fig1]
It would appear that Shane's parents asked some hard hitting questions, many of which were deflected by Lundbeck's spokespersons Madsen and Schroll. It's one thing to open your door, but another to be less than forthcoming with the truth when answering questions put to you by your guests.
I have a deep admiration for anyone that takes on the might of the pharmaceutical industry. Leonie and Tony could have done what Lundbeck wanted, they could have accepted Shane's death and moved on with their lives but for them to 'move on' it is incumbent for them to seek the truth. That truth has not been forthcoming and I suspect Tony and Leonie are in this for the long haul.
Lundbeck won't like that.
Leonie's account of her meeting with Lundbeck is a must read, if only to see how their probing questions were deflected and...well, not really answered at all.
Full story HERE
Interview with Leonie Fennell [FIDCAST]
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