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Wednesday, June 02, 2021

GSK Alleged of Ignoring Sexual Harassment Claim

 

Dame Emma Walmsley, Chief Executive Officer GSK

Mark Best is 54

He lives in Puckeridge in Hertfordshire

He's pissed off with GSK (GlaxoSmithKline)

Why?

Well, he, and his fiancée have been passed around from pillar to post by the hierarchy at GSK.

His betrothed, Georgia Suckling, is also pissed off.

She assumed that any disorderly conduct by any other GSK employee toward her would have been nipped in the bud.

Sadly, this isn't the case as it's alleged that Georgia has been subjected to harassment from a colleague at GSK.

A male colleague.

For the past month or so, I've been copied in on a series of emails to GSK, which have included the GSK CEO, Emma Walmsley and one of the "Glaxo Three', Jason Lord.

In a nutshell, Mark Best is alleging that his fiancée , Georgia Suckling, has been harassed by a male colleague.

Once, both Georgia and Mark, brought this to the attention of senior staff, they were, basically, stonewalled and pressured into leaving their positions and told to travel 200 miles or so to their new place of employment.

The emails, of which there are many, throw the light on GSK's apparent misconduct procedure, moreover how it is claimed that such a procedure is nothing but words on a website that really mean nothing at all.

I asked Mark to write a guest post for this blog. I included all of those he copied in on emails, including Walmsley and Lord. I asked for comments.

In typical GSK fashion, they never responded

Mark Best has much to say.

This is part one...

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Hi, my name is Mark Best, I am 54 years young and currently live in a village called Puckeridge in Hertfordshire.

I am a time served Engineer and hold a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in mechanical production engineering. 

My skills and qualifications have been accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and my title is Mark Best, ENGTECH, a globally recognised level of professional registration for Engineering Technicians. 

I served my apprenticeship with the Pharma company called Glaxo based in Ware, Hertfordshire, which has gone through several mergers including Glaxo Wellcome and currently GlaxoSmithKline or GSK. I have had one break in service with GSK when it’s Aerosol department was closed in 1995. I moved to a company called Napp /Bard pharmaceuticals in Cambridge on the Science park near Milton where I spent 2.5 years as a packaging engineer. I returned to the GSK Ware site in 1998 and worked in the Tablet Packing dept as an Engineering Tech until 2010 and then moved on to industrialisation of the new equipment to assemble and pack the then new Ellipta device. After this (Circa 2016) I moved into an Engineering Compliance and C.I. (Continuous Improvement) role as a Senior Engineering Technician up until being forcibly made redundant in Feb 2020, I say forcibly but I will explain this later.

My fiancée, Georgia Suckling, also worked on the Ware GSK site and that is where we first met. Georgia was employed by a 3rd party business partner of GSK who was contracted to run the GSK Ware engineering stores, the company is called ERIKS U.K.

Georgia had had several roles within Production environments at various companies. Prior to joining ERIKS U.K. she was a Production Manager at a specialist lighting company where she oversaw and planned the production schedule and ensured components and sundries were ordered into stock to meet production schedules for customer orders and ensure successful delivery of customer orders to agreed timescales.

Georgia is currently 30 years old and had worked for ERIKS U.K. from early 2017 where she joined them as Office Manager in the GSK Ware Engineering Stores. Georgia lived in Bishops Stortford in Hertfordshire with her Mum and two dogs, Fin and Izzy, a crazy pairing of a Samoyed and French Bulldog!

Georgia was in the Office Manager job for 8 months ( roughly) when ERIKS U.K. decided to remove the then Service Centre Manager (SCM) due to his lacking performance. Georgia was left in the deep end and held the stores together alone as the Office Manager until she was approached by ERIKS U.K. and her GSK manager (Graham Hale) in December 2017 to step up to the role of SCM owing to her outstanding performance. Finally Georgia agreed to take the role and was given a pay rise, a company car, private healthcare and a commitment of necessary training and support for the senior role from both GSK and ERIKS U.K. Georgia commenced the SCM role in Jan 2018.

In early Feb 2018 I was requested by my manager and my senior manager to review the spares holding and lead times for the Ellipta Packing department and liaise with the machinery suppliers to smooth this process and reduce lead times of critical parts. The two main suppliers to us were Marchesini, an Italian packing machinery manufacturer and ATS (Automated Tooling Systems) a Canadian machinery manufacturing specialist.

A meeting was held between my two managers and myself with Georgia, Graham Hale (GSK contracts manager) and Sue Gratwick, who also worked for ERIKS U.K. as a store's person.

It was agreed that Georgia and I would work together to highlight the issues that ERIKS faced in procuring the spares we required for Ellipta Packing and we would come up with solutions and improvements that were good for all parties concerned.

Both Georgia and I got on well from the start of the project and I addressed several issues that she was facing very quickly! 

Firstly, to get Georgia a GSK laptop to release orders on the GSK systems remotely, e.g. from home, Georgia had been asking for this for ages and rather than having to be stuck at her desk in the stores office she could release orders remotely as and when required  (GSK run a 24/7 operation whereas the stores only work on days Mon -Fri). Georgia was taking the GSK laptop home and could spend 2 hours per evening releasing orders for GSK which eased the pressure she was under in the office and to concentrate and improve the metrics set by GSK during the day.

As well as this quick win, she voiced issues regarding ATS (Automation spares deliveries). I had first hand experience of this from my Industrialisation role. When I visited ATS in Canada, the guys on the shop floor were disgruntled owing to the closure of their in-house machine shop. Many parts and spares were made in-house at ATS and problems/modifications could be addressed quickly and resolved almost immediately. Since the closure of the in-house machine shop, the parts drawings were sent to China to a 3rd party company to be made in a bid to save costs! The issue that the company now faced was that parts would take 8 weeks to be made from scratch and be shipped from China to Canada. Often the parts were not to the correct standards or there were other issues that caused setbacks, especially on new bespoke machine builds such as GSK machine builds. This obviously caused a delay of a further 8 weeks to remedy the problems but also set back other parts of the project that relied on these parts being delivered. This put ATS under pressure, GSK under pressure and ERIKS U.K. under pressure.

To relieve the problem during the industrialisation phase, I had approached a local Engineering Company that we/GSK Ware had used for many years called Pope and Meads. A deal was struck whereby Pope and Meads could manufacture parts/spares under licence for ATS meaning that we, GSK, could control quality and drastically reduce lead times for critical parts e.g. same day/next day etc. This agreement was never rolled out to ERIKS U.K. and hence ERIKS/Georgia and the stores were getting the bad press for lead time delivery for ATS parts that was clearly outside of both Georgia’s and ERIKS control!

On the back of this, I arranged for Georgia to have a planned visit of Pope and Meads, a tour of the manufacturing facility and an opportunity to meet the team who she would need to liaise with to procure urgent/critical ATS parts on behalf of ERIKS U.K. to keep GSK Engineering spares in stock or respond to urgent breakdowns quickly.

During the time spent in the engineering stores, and with Georgia working on this project, I became aware of a certain individual, a Sodexo worker (Sodexo were another GSK 3rd party business partner used on the Ware site for plant/facilities maintenance) who was coming to stores constantly throughout the day and for the same part, 

On one occasion, I noticed this person pointing to Georgia behind my back and she looked worried. She went to the main store area with the Sodexo worker for a few minutes and came back to the office visibly upset. I asked her if she was OK and she said "no". 

She shared with me that this guy was constantly asking for a relationship with her, she had declined politely stating she did not want a boyfriend but he was persistent and would not take no for an answer. Georgia opened up to me that several GSK employed engineers had made inappropriate propositions and comments to her and another Sodexo manager, [redacted], had acted inappropriately with suggestions and comments on SKYPE. This had been reported to Simon Russell, the now area manager for ERIKS who approached  [redacted] about his manner and it stopped immediately. She said she could shrug off most of this male attention but this individual would not take no for an answer and if he saw her talking to any other male on site he would be asking her if she was seeing this bloke or that bloke.

I explained to Georgia that she did not have to suffer this type of harassment and GSK had strict policies and reporting lines if this inappropriate and unwanted behaviour continued.

Georgia was due to go on a short city break with a friend and this was in late February. She relayed to her friend how this Sodexo individual was making her feel at work and her friend was threatening to come to the site to confront the individual directly and to tell her mother.

Following Georgia’s return from her break, I asked Georgia out on a date and we started a relationship in early March. We got on great and enjoyed each other’s company. The harasser had no idea that Georgia was seeing me but persisted to ask her if she was seeing this guy or that guy if he saw her talking to any other male employee. Georgia described him as a 'dripping tap' His attempts to approach Georgia around the site increased and if he passed her at one point on site he would run through buildings to ensure he was in her path, a few moments later on her return from a meeting to her desk for instance!

Towards the end of March 2018, I was at my desk in my office area with my colleagues on a Monday morning and my manager approached me and just said, "Mark, you have to come with me, you are not going to like this but you have to come with me now." My colleagues were clearly shocked and I did as I was instructed. I was taken across the lobby to the meeting room in the Directors suite where the head of security was waiting with two security guards. Neil Garrod, the GSK head of security said to me, “Mark, I’m so sorry to have to do this, in the last 20 odd years of knowing you on site I have never heard your name mentioned in vein”. Neil went on to state Colette Cochrane, my Engineering Director, "received a call from Security over the weekend where somebody has reported that you were seen drunk as a lord in a local bar and openly taking and handing out cocaine”. He added, "Colette has instructed us to conduct a drink and drugs test on you now and that is why you are here", Colette had sighted GSK Speak-up as the reporting system used to deal with this allegation.

I stated there and then that I had not been out at all over the weekend, I had not touched a drop of alcohol over the weekend and I do not do/take drugs so the allegation was completely false on ALL counts. I said I would pass the test and be clear on both drugs and alcohol! I had to take the test to clear my name and, as stated, was clear on both counts.

On return to my desk, my colleagues were concerned about what I had been subjected to and one went on to source the GSK policy for Drug and Alcohol testing. We realised then that the policy had been breached by Cochrane. The policy for GSK testing and speak-up is below

Speak-up
Drugs/Drink testing Policy
Click on image to enlarge

Following this test, I did speak with Cochrane and again she sighted 'speak-up' as the policy used to action the report. GSK had the number but would never release it to me, only the Police! This is important because I went to the Police and they basically laughed down the phone saying that your Engineering Director has been watching too many films and the Police would only get involved in tracing a call/phone if a serious crime was linked to it! This is a workplace matter. End of call!

I relayed this info to Cochrane who was reluctant to share the number. Luckily Georgia had mentioned this matter to Graham Hale who said that the call was made from a Sodexo work phone. As we suspected, Georgia’s harasser was probably behind this malicious call.

Hang on to these thoughts and read the policies as it is important to what happens next!

GSK Protocol








Mark has much more to say in Part Two.

Stay Tuned!

Bob Fiddaman






Monday, April 19, 2021

Vaccine Manufacturer Used "Spiked" Placebo to Hide Injuries Between Vaccine and Control Groups, Lawsuit Alleges

 



Los Angeles-based attorneys, Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman, has filed yet another lawsuit, this time on behalf of a 23-year-old teacher in Reno, Nevada who claims Gardasil, a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, caused her countless injuries, including, but not limited to, chronic migraines, a shortage (deficiency) or impaired function of a hormone called aldosterone, and autonomic nervous system damage

At the age of 14, Savannah Flores received her first dose of Gardasil, shortly after she experienced fatigue, dizziness, and nausea. Her second dose of Gardasil was administered just days after her 15th birthday after which she experienced trembling, shaking, chest pressure, and headaches. It was at this point that her health seriously declined. Severe migraines, vertigo, menstrual irregularities, and more  followed and life as she knew it pretty much ceased. Church camps, swimming, basketball and various other activities became too painful for Savannah.

“I live in fear of the next migraine,” Savannah said regarding her migraines that are so intense she sometimes experiences blindness. “It’s scary not knowing at any given time whether I’ll get a migraine or have another symptom that lays me up for a day or more. I miss normal.”

Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman, who represent others in Gardasil injury lawsuits, allege that Gardasil manufacturers, Merck & Co., Inc. and subsidiary Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp:

Utilized a toxic, or spiked, placebo to mask injuries between the vaccinated and control groups and also cut the dose of aluminum in half for the vaccinated group to mask injuries (critics believe aluminum to be the most toxic component of the vaccine)

Further, it is alleged that Merck failed to follow the protocol to report adverse events and falsely told participants that the placebo was a saline solution.

Coming at a time when vaccines seem to be the talk of the town, these claims are deeply worrying. If, as alleged, Merck knowingly hoodwinked participants in their clinical trials then what of other vaccine manufacturers? Is this a standard practice for drug companies to deceive or trick participants in trials, or indeed regulators who grant licences to vaccines?

You can read more about Merck's underhand shenanigans and Savannah's plight here.

Bob Fiddaman

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Back Stories

Thursday, August 20, 2020 - Baum Hedlund Take a Stand Against Vaccine Maker

Thursday, September 17, 2020 - Californian Law Firm Lead the Way in Gardasil Litigation

Friday, January 22, 2021 - Fifth Gardasil Vaccine Lawsuit Filed

Thursday, February 04, 2021 - Gardasil Vaccine Can Cause Infertility, New Lawsuit Alleges

Friday, April 02, 2021 - Gardasil Lawsuits Continue

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

15 Years - Changing Gears

 


Today is the 15th anniversary of this old blog of mine.

What began as an individual grievance after I was harmed by GlaxoSmithKline's Seroxat and disregarded by the British drug regulator, MHRA, turned into something far different after discovering thousands of other people across the globe were similarly harmed by SSRIs and related systemic deceit.

Now--over 2.5 million hits, a published book, and two awards later--I sometimes still have to explain to people that what they claim as SSRI facts are actually SSRI myths. That the pharma/psych industry's disinformation campaign is still going strong is a testament to their expertise in spinning fake news. And while it continues to amaze and disappoint me that this systemic fraud is a leading cause of disability and death, I find satisfaction in knowing my blog has helped countless people better recognize prescribed harms and avoid them.

Before embarking on this 15-year journey, I was a ufologist; this helped prepare me for all the attempts to discredit my reporting regarding SSRI harms. "You're a crank, conspiracy theorist, flat-earther" are some labels thrown at people who believe there is intelligent life beyond earth. Drug safety advocates are similarly called conspiracy theorists, pill-shamers, Scientologists, right-winger's, etc. Many of these attempts to slander come from psychiatrists via social media platforms. The drug-safety arena is far more disturbing than is the world of ufology.

When my blog launched on April 6, 2006, Facebook and Twitter didn't exist. One could only promote their research and writing via various online forums, many of which were infiltrated by pharma and pharma-funded "charities." Typically, these plants would attempt to pass themselves off as patients who proclaimed their lives were saved by depression pills, which I call brain pellets. But occasionally, the charades grew more sinister, and some people resorted to internet stalking and identity theft.

The drug safety world is less harsh today, but it's still unstable. There's a new breed of advocates, many of whom have the backing of organisations and "key opinion leaders." While these partnerships may help move the patient-safety ball forward, they can also create similar problems we've seen from the pharmaceutical and mental health industry alignment. Those with different opinions are labelled or blackballed or told they can't have their lived experience shared because they spoke to a publication or radio show that wasn't "mainstream" enough. This labelling and gaslighting revictimizes families who were prescribed harm. Ironically, some patient and drug safety advocate groups unwittingly do pharma's work--censorship--which benefits pharma.

I'm glad my blog never blackballed or silenced people with lived experiences of prescribed harm. While I wish I had had some sort of organizational backing when I started campaigning 15 years ago, in hindsight, not having such made my blog better. Bloggers like me, Truthman, Leonie Fennell, and Anti-Dep Aware had to make do with a keypad and a driving curiosity to independently uncover the facts. That we were unaligned with charities and special interest groups helped us candidly report what we knew and leave the PR whitewashing for others.

These days, ufologists aren't often labelled, not since the US Govt admitted in 2017 that they've had official teams investigating reports for decades. Perhaps one day, governments will do the same with drug-induced "suicides" and homicides committed whilst under pharmafia products' influence. I won't hold my breath as I imagine we'll see the presence of UFOs confirmed before we see this.

Thanks for the last 15 years, folks. Your support and guidance have been much appreciated. At times I've felt like John Coffey walking the green mile at Cold Mountain Penitentiary. I've lived and breathed this toxic business of selling sickness far longer than any would desire.

"I'm tired, boss."

Bob Fiddaman

Friday, April 02, 2021

Gardasil Lawsuits Continue

 


Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman recently filed yet another suit against Merck & Co. Inc. and subsidiary Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. on behalf of a 22-year-old Higganum, Connecticut woman, Korrine Herlth, who alleges that the Gardasil vaccine caused her to develop postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), vision loss, and other serious health conditions.

At the age of just 15, Korrine was vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV), a viral infection that commonly causes skin or mucous membrane growths (warts). Korrine's mother, Andrea, gave her consent after reviewing Merck's assurances that the vaccine was a safe preventative measure against HPV and cervical cancer. The vaccine is administered as a three-dose series for 15-year-olds and after her second shot, Korrine started to experience dizziness, shakiness, nausea, faintness, and headaches, as well as an increased heart rate. Because of this, her mother did not give consent for her daughter to receive the third jab.

Korrine's symptoms worsened from this point onwards and she has had to endure daily seizures, convulsions, chronic fatigue, joint pain, anxiety attacks, sleep apnea, hypoxia, and sleep disturbances and tics amongst a multitude of other bodily disturbances.

“My daughter has been assaulted on a systemic level,” her mother said. “Currently, there is no known cure, no offered hope of reversing the damage, just a series of trial treatments that have either failed her or exacerbated symptoms. It is a devastatingly helpless feeling watching my only child decline without hope of better days ahead.”

“Gardasil has made my life a living hell. The things I loved doing were ripped away from me. … I just want my old life back.”, Korrine said.

Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman is a national law-firm that regularly goes head-to-head against pharmaceutical corporations that intentionally mislead customers about the safety and efficacy of their products. They, on behalf of Korrine, allege that Merck negligently manufactured the Gardasil human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, negligently designed and conducted clinical trials before receiving U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, and failed to warn consumers of the vaccine’s dangerous known side effects.

More can be read about Korrine's case here.

Bob Fiddaman




Monday, March 08, 2021

Seroxat and the Fallacy of Centrality

 


Shane Cooke

Last week, I learned a new term and planned to blog about it. Days later, I read "Gripped by and Discarded by GlaxoSmithKline," a guest post on Dr. David Healy's RxISK.org site. This blog explores how the two relate. 

 

Fallacy of Centrality

The term "fallacy of centrality" was coined by Ron Westrum, a researcher who observed pediatricians' diagnostic practices in the 1940s and 1950s. He found that many of these doctors assumed that they were in a central position, and they presumed if something serious was occurring, they would know about it. If something occurred that they didn't know about it, well, it just wasn't happening. This distorted thinking prevented many pediatricians from recognizing and reporting child abuse before the early 1960s. The pediatricians' applied the "logic" that if parents were abusing their children, they'd know about it. 

 

A present-day example of this type of magical thinking is below (Fig 1). The former head of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Wendy Burn, uses her "clinical experience" to dismiss SSRI withdrawal. Burn hasn't seen SSRI withdrawal problems in her practice; therefore, it doesn't exist or rarely occurs. The fallacy of centrality is problematic among doctors, especially psychiatrists who expose their illogical thinking via social media accounts. It took Burn and many of her colleagues years to belatedly acknowledge the large SSRI withdrawal problem. Their admission came about after many members of the prescribed harm community and a handful of ethical researchers shared the real experiences and scientific facts.

 

Burn and Professor David Baldwin previously claimed in the national media that "...in the vast majority of patients, any unpleasant symptoms experienced on discontinuing antidepressants have resolved within two weeks of stopping treatment." (Fig 2) Once again, they embraced the fallacy of centrality.

 

Fig 1


Fig 2

 

The same arrogant, illogical thinking is illustrated in "Gripped by and Discarded by GlaxoSmithKline." It's the story of a young man, Shane Cooke, who suffered SSRI harms and was later repeatedly victimized by a chain of experts who employed the fallacy of centrality. Shane was just 21 when he decided to leave his foster parents, whom he had been with for nearly 20 years. He became engaged to a young woman, and they agreed to move in together. Both were in their final year at college, which caused understandable stress as they finished their degrees. 

 

Shane was having difficulty eating and sleeping and was anxious about his coursework deadlines. In 2002, he saw his GP, who prescribed two different SSRI brands that precipitated Shane's suicidality. His GP then switched him to Seroxat, an SSRI sold by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Prescribing Seroxat was the norm in the early 2000s given that doctors were not yet familiar with the serious risks the product presents. However, GSK and the British drug regulator, the MHRA, were aware of the problems with Seroxat.

 

In October of the same year, BBC's Panorama aired its first of four investigations into Seroxat. Scottish BBC journalist Shelley Jofre extensively reported the problems caused by the so-called 'wonder drug.' 


Prescribing physicians have no excuse for pushing this dangerous and risky drug after this date. Some doctors might argue they never watched the show, but this is a lame excuse. Once again, however, the fallacy of centrality comes into play here: What would an investigative journalist know about a drug that the medical profession doesn't know? 

 

After being prescribed Seroxat, Shane developed severe agitation, often asking his foster parents, "What's wrong with me?" 


I can relate. The adverse effects I experienced while taking Seroxat and withdrawing from it are documented in my book, this blog, and numerous podcasts. 


Shane's angry outbursts worsened, and he drove a car through a glass entrance of the Ablett Psychiatric Unit in Clwyd after he had been drinking alcohol. (SSRIs can increase cravings for alcohol and drive people to drink who have never previously consumed alcohol.) 

 

The Courts then ordered Shane to leave the home he shared with his wife-to-be and move back in with his foster parents. According to his foster parents, he complied with the order but would often go missing and later be found hiding in hedges or grass verges. His foster parents agreed that it was the medication causing Shane's bizarre behaviour, which now had spiralled to threats of suicide. Two doctors who then assessed Shane decided to decrease the Seroxat dose. Ten days later, Shane said he became "normal" again.

 

Unfortunately, Shane again became a victim of another professional's fallacy of centrality. A judge at Caernarfon Crown Court jailed Shane for two-and-a-half years for crashing his car through the doors into the foyer of the Ablett Unit Clwyd on June 2. While Shane had been drinking on the night of the crash, the judge failed to consider the role Seroxat had played. The judge wrongfully assumed that alcohol made "Shane do it." If a judge has never witnessed violence and alcohol cravings as adverse effects of prescription drugs, the judge decides this simply cannot and does not happen. (It is also true, however, that some judges do know but decide to blame alcohol; it is more convenient and less problematic than blaming a pharmaceutical company's drug.) 

 

Devastated by their son's incarceration, Shane's foster parents eventually heard about a psychiatrist from Bangor, Wales, who was researching the link between Seroxat and rage. That doctor is David Healy. They contacted Healy, who assessed Shane's medical records and determined Seroxat had induced Shane's fury on the evening of June 2.

 

The decision to jail Shane was going to be appealed, but the appeals process would have been lengthy. Shane was nearing his sentence's completion (shorter than the punishment he was initially given), and he decided not to continue an appeal. He served the prison sentence for his Seroxat-induced crime. GSK continues to deny Seroxat causes dependency and suicidal thoughts and actions. However, I do not believe GSK's false claims are products of the fallacy of centrality.

 

Upon Shane's release, he was electronically tagged and sent back to his foster parents. His engagement, independence, and career all destroyed by a risky drug and repeated fallacies of centrality. Despite these travesties of injustice, Shane went on to complete his coursework and passed his exams. Today, Shane is active on Twitter and hopes others won't suffer what he did. Shane and his foster mom, Mary, now run the Prescribed Medication Withdrawal group in Wales.


You can follow him here and read his full story here.


Mary, who is one of the unsung heroes in the advocacy world, can be followed on Twitter here.


The withdrawal group is now doing fortnightly zoom meetings. Anyone within travelling distance of Prestatyn, in particular, are welcome to join in. (this is in the hope of meeting face to face in the future) 


You can reach Mary via email at ellen.hennessey@btinternet.com

 

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If you still need convincing that Seroxat isn't problematic, watch the four investigative reports here. Perhaps you can share them with healthcare professionals who, like so many prescribers out there, probably suffer from a fallacy of centrality.

THE SECRETS OF SEROXAT (2002)

EMAILS FROM THE EDGE (2002)

TAKEN ON TRUST (2004)

THE SECRETS OF THE DRUG TRIALS (2007)


Bob Fiddaman

Monday, February 08, 2021

Mr Stephen O'Neil ~ "If only we knew then what we know now"



Antidepressant-induced "suicides" don't just effect moms, dads, brothers, sisters, husbands and wives. Deaths caused by 'medication' rip through the hearts of so many more and can result in long-lasting suffering for all involved.

The following is a guest-post from Colleen, the niece of Stephen O'Neil. It's graphic in detail - it needs to be.

Colleen, like so many others out there shares her story below and asks for our help.

Please consider taking 10 minutes or so to contact the family after you read her story.


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It’s been almost 5 years since Stephen (pictured above) died but we still have the same conversations every single day. Replaying those last 6 weeks of his life.

I am/was Stephen’s niece Colleen, but we grew up more like brother and sister. Stephen was more than just an uncle to me, he was my friend.

On 16th June 2016, Stephen was prescribed Sertraline 50mg as he was having trouble sleeping and mild anxiety. He came out from the GP surgery that day and told my father he was prescribed antidepressants and why, he was very open like that. 

Just 2 days later he appeared on my aunt’s doorstep early morning, dishevelled and visibly distressed. He said the tablets had done something to his head. He went to the pharmacist seeking help and a doctor, over the phone, advised him to stop Sertraline immediately.

That night he stayed with my mother as he was too afraid to stay on his own. The next morning my mother found him crying and he opened up to her about the horrific night he experienced, just over 24hours of starting Sertraline. 

That night, after beginning Sertraline just the day before, he began to get highly agitated, he couldn’t settle, he had intrusive, dark suicidal thoughts that he never had before the medication. Things got so scary for him that he took a cold shower in the small hours of the morning to try “snap out of it”. He admitted to putting a belt around his neck. He went outside and walked for miles as he couldn’t sit still. He came home and prayed for the sun to come up. 

Looking back now, at this point we should have just kept Stephen like an egg. He had already stopped the tablets, all he needed now was comfort and reassurance that what he was experiencing was indeed a common enough side effect (that can affect 1-100 consumers) and time to heal.

Instead, because of lack of knowledge and wanting to do the “right thing”, we phoned the crisis team. Stephen then voluntary admitted himself to a local psychiatric unit. 

Stephen was discharged from that unit with a note for his GP stating that he had an “adverse reaction” to Sertraline but instead of heeding this advice and realising that Stephen was a healthy, highly functioning man before Sertraline and allowing him to recover from his reaction, he was prescribed more medication and advised that this is what was needed to feel better again.

During the next 6 weeks Stephen was prescribed Quetiapine (antipsychotic drug) and Mirtazapine (serotonergic drug), Buspirone (anti-anxiety) as well as other drugs such as Diazepam, Propranolol and Zopiclone.  A cocktail of drugs, each one just seeming to exacerbate the original symptoms. 

In this time Stephen constantly voiced his fears, that it was the tablets. This is a common theme throughout his medical notes, that along with wanting to get better. He constantly said to us “when I get better..”

But he never did. Looking back, we can see, he was polydrugged to death. He was found by his brother on 29th July 2016, kneeling forward, with a rope around his neck.

At his inquest the coroner decided to adopt the evidence of the associate medical director of the local psychiatric unit where Stephen stayed, but who didn’t know Stephen personally, rather than the expert testimony of Professor Dr David Healy. 

Professor Healy was well prepared, having reviewed all of Stephen’s medical notes and records, as well as witness statements gathered by myself. He also had the opportunity to consult extensively with us, Stephen’s family. 

The associate medical director painted a picture where indeed Stephen suffered a “catastrophic” reaction to Sertraline, leaving him with flashbacks of that first night, flashbacks which may have put him in a trance like, dissociative state where he may not have known what he was doing and contributed to his death.

And whilst it was also agreed during inquest that Stephen suffered Akathisia, the coroner decided then that Stephen “died by his own act, whilst the balance of his mind was disturbed”.

For us this does not go far enough. Whilst we know that it was the buspirone that was the final nail in Stephen’s coffin, we believe when applying the legal “but for” test for causation, Stephen would not have died “but for” taking Sertraline.

We don’t ask for Sertraline or any of these drugs to be banned. What we do want is an acknowledgment of their true dangers by authorities and regulators so that prescribing doctors, healthcare workers and mental health charities can understand and begin to tackle this medication-induced pandemic of suicide we are facing.

How many more times do we have to hear families who have been torn apart by medication-induced suicide say “If only we knew then what we know now”.

We are asking other families who have been bereaved by medication-induced suicide to write a letter to the Minister of Health and Chairperson of the Health Committee in Northern Ireland. They can try to ignore one voice but many voices together and they will have to listen. 

Please send letters to stephensvoice@outlook.com, if possible, please keep to one page. 

Colleen.

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Thursday, February 04, 2021

Gardasil Vaccine Can Cause Infertility, New Lawsuit Alleges



Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman has filed their 7th lawsuit against Gardasil manufacturers, Merck.

Plaintiff Kayla Carrillo, 20, alleges Gardasil caused her to develop postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), seizure disorder, and infertility, among many other serious health issues. POTS  is a condition that affects blood flow. and also causes the development of symptoms such as fainting and an uncomfortable, rapid increase in heartbeat.

Kayla was just a 12-year-old when she received her first shot of Gardasil. Within 24 hours she experienced a seizure-like episode. Over the following months other serious health issues developed including irregular menstrual problems.

It was during this time that Kayla received her second Gardasil injection. Two days later, she collapsed at school and was rushed to the Emergency Department of Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

As the months wore on, Kayla suffered severe abdominal pain and an ultra scan showed she had a hemorrhagic cyst in her right ovary along with large Nabothian cysts in her cervix, the cysts were gradually enlarging so Kayla reluctantly decided to have the cyst on her ovary surgically removed. 

Since the age of 15, Kayla has undergone at least one surgery per year on her reproductive organs. Doctors say she will not be able to get pregnant and will not be able to pursue in vitro fertilization (IVF).  

Had Kayla or, indeed, her mother been warned of the risks of these and other adverse events, she never would have consented to receive the Gardasil vaccine. 

According to the lawsuit, Merck failed to disclose to regulators and the public that one of the Gardasil ingredients, Polysorbate 80, is associated with infertility and many other health problems.

“Having to be the one to tell your daughter that she won’t be able to get pregnant is a pain that is beyond words. People need to know that these risks are very real. They need to know exactly what they are getting into with Gardasil,” said Kayla's mother, Marlena 

Quite why Merck failed to tell the American Drug regulator and, more importantly, the public about this is unknown.

Let's hope that this lawsuit can throw some light on Merck's alleged deception.

It's becoming increasingly difficult to speak out about vaccine injury, especially with the current promotional push for the Covid-19 'vaccine'. Mention any negativity surrounding vaccines on Facebook and the Facebook police will either flag your post or ban you for a lengthy period. These Gardasil injuries, however, are real and have ruined lives. Don't allow Facebook or name-callers to silence you, or others, who wish to create awareness about the dangers and underhand activities of Merck.

Merck, it appears, have a habit of hiding information from the public. Yesterday, Reuters reported that "Newly unsealed court documents and other records show that Merck & Co and U.S. regulators knew about reports of suicidal behavior in men taking the company’s anti-baldness treatment Propecia when they decided not to warn consumers of those potential risks in a 2011 update of the popular drug’s label."

For more details on Kayla Carrillo's injuries and the lawsuit filed visit the Baum website here.


Bob Fiddaman

Friday, January 22, 2021

Fifth Gardasil Vaccine Lawsuit Filed

 

Picture courtesy of Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman


US Attorneys, Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman, filed a lawsuit yesterday on behalf of Michael “Mike” Colbath, a 21-year-old from San Diego, California, who alleges Merck's HPV vaccine, Gardasil, caused him to develop debilitating and disabling injuries.

The complaint accuses Merck of negligence, manufacturing defects, and failure to warn of dangerous side effects related to its HPV vaccine.

Baum Hedlund, who have a history of successful cases against drug companies, are seeking punitive damages against Merck for allegedly making conscious decisions to not warn or inform the unsuspecting public about serious health risks associated with the vaccine.

Co-counsel attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. had this to say:

“Just like with Vioxx, Merck put Gardasil profits over patient safety and now countless children and young people are facing inescapable health issues. At a certain point, you have to ask – what’s it going to take to stop this reckless disregard for their consumers?”

Mike Colbath received the Gardasil HPV vaccine at the age of 14. In the months that followed, he began to have trouble staying awake for the latter part of the school day.

A second shot followed and he developed severe foot pain in both feet, the pain became so intolerable that Mike, a once budding Eagle Boy Scout described as  an "expert outdoorsman", had to use crutches to walk and, eventually, became too weak to support himself. These adverse events were on top of his hypersomnolence caused by the first shot.

Mike did not receive the third shot after his pediatrician felt that the severe foot pain may have been caused by the vaccine.

Since then, Mike has been seen by multiple physicians and specialists for his complaints which now include: migraine headaches; body pains and muscle aches; chronic fatigue; hypersomnolence (sleeping 15-22 hours in a 24-hour period), sleep drunkenness, unrefreshing sleep; excessive sweating, lightheadedness, and tachycardia; tunnel vision on standing; difficulty with concentration and memory; confusion and brain fog; intermittent or episodic paralysis, numbness; and stomach pains.

The lawsuit claims that Merck committed scientific fraud during the Gardasil clinical trials and deceived the FDA before the vaccine was brought to market.  Baum Hedlund attorny, Nicole K.H. Maldonado, said,  “The deception continues to this day, as current vaccine safety and long-term efficacy assurances are based on clinical studies that were fraudulently designed and conducted to conceal safety risks.”

3:21-cv-120-W-DEB was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

You can read more about Mike's plight, and other Gardasil lawsuits filed, here and here.

Bob Fiddaman




Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Apathy is the New Normal

 


As more people increasingly express their views about the safety and efficacy of the Covid vaccine, we also see more news articles stating the virus has mutated. 

Supposedly, it is more dangerous and infectious. Current speculation is that the UK will soon enter a stricter Tier 5 quarantine. There is also speculation that travel restrictions will be imposed if one refuses the vaccine. 

We are now being told that there are fewer cases of the "normal" flu this year because the public is wearing masks. However, it appears that mask-wearing does not stop the Covid virus spread.

How is this possible? 

Businesses have been closed on the back of experts saying a non-compliant public is breaking the law, a law prompted by the same "experts". at the same time experts are proclaiming "the majority of the public are sticking to the new rules." It's a pat on the back for those who comply.

Those who question the safety and efficacy of the Covid vaccine often do so on social media, which is now policed by "fact-checkers" who ultimately have the final say. 

Nobody can take to the streets anymore to protest. To do so, we are told, "puts lives at risk."

We are, for want of a better word, jailed, but let out occasionally for exercise. We are living isolated lives and only see people within our own bubble. There is little opportunity to hear different and challenging opinions. Tier 5 may even dismantle those bubbles and further restrict us from seeing loved ones.

We are told mental disorders are rising in part because people are worried about the future.

Online retail corporations are becoming richer by the day as small businesses are forced to close. Amazon, Netflix, and online supermarkets are having a bumper year!

Pubs, where political debates are typically hot topics, have also been forced to close their doors. 

Restaurants are currently open, but you must dine then dash. Expect Tier 5 to stop this small window of discussion amongst family, friends, and strangers. 

In the midst of this, we have an invisible virus that has become almost impossible to debate. It's bad. It's killing people. It's infecting people. But, hey, don't worry, we have drug companies working on a solution - the same drug companies who have been fined billions for violating health-related rules and regulations.

We can always shrug our shoulders and give them another chance, right? 

Apathy is here, and is forced upon many, some of whom are unaware that the government want an apathetic public and benefit from such. It is understandable that the public just want this Covid nightmare to end and will accept any solutions. They have largely been compliant and chastise those who have different opinions. It's fear at play, the same fear we saw 10 months ago when photos were released of dead bodies on the streets and on the hospital floors of Wuhan. The popular tabloid, The Sun, proclaimed Jan 2020 that, "Coronavirus leaves Wuhan a ‘zombieland’ with people collapsing in streets and medics patrolling in hazmat suits." 

It sowed the seed of what was to come, what has become. This transpired despite that some of these photos were not authentic.

We are humans and are all influenced. Yet, it seems today's influence is one-sided and led by the government-fed media.

This post may be flagged by a Google bot picking up certain words. Remember, it's only an opinion, an opinion that many may agree with but are not be allowed to share, at least not in bars, restaurants, or any other public place. It remains to be seen if this blog can be shared on social media platforms. 

I'm an observer and like to weigh up things before I write. I've been publishing about drug company and regulatory fraud for over 16 years. Many years have been frustrating as, in the main, I've been preaching to the same choir. People outside of this choir typically are members of the apathetic public.

I know how drug companies and regulators operate. I know they, their paid "experts", and celebrity endorsers, like to instil public fear. 

I know.

Bob Fiddaman

“Fear has two meanings: ‘Forget Everything And Run’ or ‘Face Everything And Rise.’ The choice is yours.”— Zig Ziglar


Thursday, November 12, 2020

Power Up - AC/DC Save The World  

 


You pretty much know what you're getting when you hear rock legends AC/DC have a new album coming out.

'Power Up', their 17th studio album, has long been in the making, and fans worldwide have eagerly awaited its arrival amidst teasers from the band's Twitter page.

The single, 'Shot in the Dark', lifted off the album, has been available for several weeks. It's a typical Acca Dacca, catchy riff (thank you, Malcolm). The high-pitch vocals, harmony, and solid thud-on-the skins with the familiar short bursts of Angus Young's bluesy influenced lead breaks.

'Realize', their second single, follows the same successful formula. AC/DC doesn't add synths or orchestral versions; it's just straight down the middle, in-your-face rock n' roll.

Forty-two years ago, I first heard 'Rosie' blasted out at my local youth centre disco. Standing on the side of the dance floor, listening to Olivia Newton John, the Bee Gees, and other poppy bands of that era didn't cut it for me. Given I have two left feet when it comes to dancing, no music could get me on the dance floor. That was, of course, until I heard AC/DC. First, it was the right foot tap. Next came the left leg acting as a piston, keeping in time with the drumbeat and rhythm guitar. I joined a posse of guys and gals in a circle shaking their heads and playing air guitars. They knew the licks, and I wanted to know them, too.

A year or so later, armed with a golden ticket (£4), I was at Stafford Bingley Hall for my first concert. What a baptism! Bon Scott belting out songs from Highway to Hell and the back catalogue (which I now had). I went to see them again a few months later at Birmingham Odeon. It was a unique concert, and to my knowledge, the only time AC/DC had strippers dancing on stage to 'The Jack'.

I've since seen AC/DC countless times and appeared in two of their videos, 'Are You Ready' and 'Rock or Bust'. Well, three if I include 'That's the Way I Wanna Rock N' Roll', where I was down the front at Birmingham NEC, armed with a cardboard cut-out of a cherry-red Gibson SG. I was also expelled from school, in part, because of them, but that's another story.

I love this band and their 17th offering. Some highlights include:

'Demon Fire', 'No Man's Land', 'Witch's Spell', 'Systems Down', and the unbelievable 'Through the Mists of Time'.

Brian Johnson and the rest of the band are in top form. Stevie Young is the only man that could ever fill the boots of Uncle Mal; nobody else should ever take that role, ditto Phil Rudd and Cliff Williams.

I once shared a pint with Stevie in a Birmingham bar when he played rhythm guitar for a local band called 'Starfighters' and had previously filled in for Malcolm during the American leg of a world tour.

'Power Up' is available on most media platforms, including Spotify and iTunes and online outlets. Do record stores exist anymore?

It's a welcome break and defiant middle-finger message to the invisible monster that has plagued us all in 2020. 'Power Up' proves that regardless of our age, we are never too old to rock, be it accomplished guitarists or, like me, air guitarists.

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.



Bob Fiddaman


Thursday, November 05, 2020

Top Psychiatrist Told: "Don't tell patients about side-effects"



An astonishing admission from Wendy Burn (above), the former president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, has emerged on Twitter this past week.


Equally Well UK, an initiative which seeks to promote and support collaborative action to improve physical health among people with a mental illness, recently posted via their Twitter account that Burn, who is now a Clinical Chair of Equally Well UK, has openly admitted that during her training as a psychiatrist she was told not to tell patients about side-effects as it might dissuade them from taking their medication.

I put the following three questions to Equally Well UK:

1. Who trained Burn?

2. At what point in her career did she start to tell patients about side-effects?

3. Why did she decide to tell patients about side-effects?

All three questions went unanswered.

To my utter disbelief some people are praising her for her openness (see thread), in the main, it's other healthcare professionals who have probably never personally experienced horrific withdrawals from the drugs that Burn and other psychiatrists have prescribed over the years. Lest we forget those who have had to prematurely bury loved ones because they wasn't told these drugs could induce suicide. This, I feel, is being, somewhat, glossed over by those who are, seemingly, covering Burn in garlands.

I'll throw in another three questions for those.

4. How many people have died as a result of not being informed about a brain pellet's propensity to induce suicide?

5. How many of those were on Burn's watch?

6. What were the side-effects she was trained to keep away from her patients?

Not giving informed consent because you feel it will deter people from taking medication is no excuse for hurting those you are served to look after.

If Burn was trained to not give informed consent then others would have, no doubt, been trained the same way.

It's unknown whether Burn adhered to what she was taught, if she didn't then one has to ask why she is only raising this issue now given that she has been a psychiatrist for many years.

What's striking, to me at least, is Burn has failed to issue an apology, just as she failed to do so when, in 2018, she, along with colleague, David Baldwin, wrote an opinion piece for The Times, making the outlandish claim that "We know that in the vast majority of patients, any unpleasant symptoms experienced on discontinuing antidepressants have resolved within two weeks of stopping treatment."

She, after a public outcry, has since admitted she was wrong but it came with the caveat that she hadn't personally witnessed severe withdrawal in her own clinical practice. Makes you wonder if she was 'trained' to ignore severe withdrawal given her recent admission to Equally Well UK.

If getting brownie points includes an admission that you've kept hidden dangers, such as withdrawal problems and induced-suicide, away from patients then, surely, farmer Jones deserves points too for adding a 'HIGH VOLTAGE' sign to his electrical fence many years after people touched it and died. 

I despair. 


Bob Fiddaman




Thursday, October 29, 2020

Discussion: Medicating Normal - Flowers of Scotland



W
henever I see the words 'Perth' and 'Angus' mentioned in the same sentence I'm reminded of my favourite rock band. Perth (Australia) being the final resting place of former AC/DC vocalist, Bon Scott, and Angus being the guitar rock God that he is. AC/DC's roots are, in the main, from Scotland. Bon, Angus, and his brother, Malcolm, being born there.

Anyway, I digress.

PLUS Perth, Angus Voices and the Dundee Healthy Minds Network have recently been involved in a discussion after each watching the critically acclaimed documentary/film, Medicating Normal (See review here)

The discussion panel consisted of representatives from the above mentioned, namely; Beverley Thomson, writer, speaker and researcher; Dr. Dan Fisher, psychiatrist and person with lived experience of recovery from schizophrenia; Dr. Dainius Pūras, Professor of Child Psychiatry and Public Mental Health at Vilnius University; Susan Scott, development manager at Plus Perth, Mick Rattray, musician, and Angela Peacock, who appears in Medicating Normal. The discussion was moderated by Nicole Lamberson.

It's not easy listening to how lives have been shattered but one does come accustomed to it. Being a blogger and researcher for over 16 years, I've heard/read many first hand accounts, many similar to my own experiences on, and withdrawing from, GSK's 'miracle pill', Seroxat (Paxil)

Groups such as those featured in the video (below) have so many commonalities. They were brought together because they encountered similar experiences. They, after years of being told they had something wrong with them, all reached a point of Eureka after researching the prescribed drugs they were given, some by choice, some by accident. They are part of a club that has grown considerably over the years as more and more laypeople question the efficacy and safety of psychiatric drugs (brain pellets).

It's a tragedy, that despite there being thousands upon thousands of similar stories, people who have never experienced brain pellet harm, be it personally or witnessing a loved one going through withdrawal hell, seem apathetic to the problem. Medicating Normal isn't a movie being directed toward those who sing from the same hymn book, it's directed at those who choose, for whatever reason, to shrug their shoulders and continue about their daily routines of posting photos of their dinner on Facebook and Twitter.

So, how can we tap into the psyche of the apathy crowd? - Making movies about personal experiences is one way, writing blogs is another, forming groups that put these horrendous accounts into the public domain and also discussions. Talk, talk, talk! Write, write, write! Eventually the apathy crowd, which includes prescribers, coroners and pharmacists, will have to sit up and pay attention.

There has been quite a campaign in recent years to stifle the voices of those harmed by brain pellets. Those who prescribe after assessing patients refuse to see the damage they are doing - prescribed harm is often dismissed as anecdotal or conspiracy - the latest trend, on Twitter at least, is that those who speak out about their experiences on brain pellets are part of an antipsychiatry cult.

It's quite laughable but a normal human reaction, I guess. I mean, who wants to go to bed at night knowing they may have caused suffering to another human being? A defence mechanism kicks in and those that do wrong convince themselves that they are doing right. With no logical explanation, they create a façade in the hope that others in their profession will promote. It buries the problem and clears the conscience of the problematic pill-pushers.

The discussion below hits home in so many ways for me. Patient has depression - Patient is given brain pellet - Patient still depressed - Patient given another brain pellet brand. Patient develops side effects - Patient told it's another disorder - Patient given another brand of brain pellet - and so the cycle continues.

Polydrugging is papering over the mistakes made by the prescriber, nothing more, nothing less.

The quote, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results", is often attributed to Einstein.

When we hear or read about experiences of those harmed by drugs on top of drugs, it's quite easy to see who the insane ones are. It certainly isn't the flowers of Scotland featured in this video.

I salute you all.

Here's the discussion: 


Bob Fiddaman





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