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Friday, June 18, 2010

Coroner's Inquest - Glaxo & Friends Vs The Carlin Family

Image: Sara Carlin

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Not as much as the jury in the current Sara Carlin inquest in Ontario, Canada.

Yesterday's events have been reported in the 'Dramatic headline seeking newspaper that serves Ontario, The Oakville Beaver.

Today they run with, 'Expert and family friend disagree on impact of Paxil'

Not bad considering their previous 'pro Paxil' headlines have included:

Doctors describe Sara Carlin as troubled

Mother describes daughter's downward spiral


Erratic behaviour alarmed friends

People buy newspapers on the strength of headlines. There's an old saying, Never judge a book by its cover.

If I lived in Ontario, I certainly wouldn't be buying this particular rag. Their coverage of this Glaxo & Friends Vs The Carlin Family Inquest has been shameful. Come to think of it, if I were anywhere near the Coroner's Court I'd purposely sit in the gallery staring at lawyers who, it is plainly obvious, are defending Glaxo's Paxil.

Anyone want to fund a trip to prove my point?

I jest. Don't offer - I'd probably be ushered away in shackles because my contempt for those 'defence' lawyers [because that's what they are] would probably see me serve a custodial sentence for a trumped up charge of speaking my mind and confronting morality head on.

Glaxo's lawyers, the doctor's lawyers and the Coroner's Counsel, all highly paid individuals, have set their stall at this inquest from day one.


It's obvious - but not to the hackneyed reporting from Ontario's headline grabbing editor's at The Oakville Beaver.

Today's article from the Beaver, which reports on yesterday's events at the inquest, reports on Dr. Paul Links, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto, deputy chief of psychiatry at St. Michael's Hospital, and past president of the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention.

Links claims he did not see Paxil as the most viable explanation for Sara's death.

Does this guy drive a DeLorean with a flux capacitor or is this just another opinion of an apparent expert in the field of Paxil suicides?

Links agreed Paxil could produce suicidal thoughts and behaviour, he said this was unlikely in Sara's case. He said Sara had been taking Paxil for more than a year and the risky period for suicide is in the first months.

Is that so?

Risk also occurs if Paxil is stopped suddenly, something both Sara's parents testify to when they told the court that they believe Sara missed her dose of Paxil for a couple of days.

Links should know what this experience could be like, he is after all president of the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention!

The Oakville Beaver:

To his knowledge, Links said there was no dramatic period of restlessness, agitation or dramatic shifts in her mood that would show the drug was having a negative effect on her.

Amazing how these so called 'experts' can turn into Marty McFly overnight.

I would think that the parents of Sara Carlin would be in the better position to tell an inquest about the changes regarding Sara's restlessness, agitation and dramatic shifts in her mood, don't you?

I have not yet read one 'expert' witness statement from the Coroner's biased pharma shills that carries any credence, it's all supposition.

To counteract Links', the inquest heard from long time Carlin family friend Gillian Kerr.

Gillian had known the Carlin family for 26 years even serving as their live-in nanny at one point.

Oakville Beaver:

She developed a close relationship with Sara, similar to that of an aunt. Kerr said she supported Sara at a large number of the athletic events, as well as during music recitals and other important events in her life.

"Sara was amazing," said Kerr, choking back tears. "She had a great sense of humour, she was very loving. The whole entire family was very affectionate and that was Sara. She was just wonderful, she had a good heart, she was a very hard worker, not only at school, but around the house."

Kerr said, however, a different Sara emerged in the weeks following her introduction to Paxil.

The family had been getting ready for a family member's birthday party and Kerr had come to the Carlin family home from London around 2 p.m.

She went to check on Sara and found her in bed unwilling to move.

"I said, 'We need to get to your Aunt Christine's house in an hour. You better get up and shower.' and she snapped at me, which was a shock to me," said Kerr.

"She was very moody, didn't want to go to the family event. I asked what was going on with her, but she didn't answer me, just grumbled."

Sara did end up going to the party and here, too, Kerr noticed behaviour that she said was completely out of character for Sara.

Previously, Kerr said, Sara had always played with her aunt's young children and had been the centre of attention at these parties, but this time Sara just sat in a corner.

When the party ended at around 6:30 p.m., Kerr said, Sara returned home and went back to bed.

Kerr recalled another incident in July 2006 when she entered Sara's room and found a huge hole in the wall.

When she asked her about it, Sara said she had punched the hole in the wall one day when she was angry.

My time on Paxil also saw me punch a hole in my wall - I had gone cold turkey after trying to taper slowly from Paxil for 21 months - that's almost two years folks. I was in my forties - Sara was in her teens!

Also from the Oakville Beaver:

When Kerr asked Sara what had made her so angry, she said Sara was not able to provide a reason.

On another occasion, Kerr remembered Sara becoming frustrated while trying to load the dishwasher. Sara ended up throwing a bowl on the counter and slamming the dishwasher door shut when the bowl wouldn't fit.

Sara then left the room amid a flurry of profanities.

All of this was new behaviour for Sara, Kerr said.

Here's an extract from my book, The Evidence, However, Is Clear, The Seroxat Scandal.

It relates to an incident I had at my one bedroom flat. My kids [3] had come to visit me, along with my nephew.

Kids being kids, they were loud and boisterous, merely excited with the game they were playing. I had told all of them to keep the noise level down as I was having trouble dealing with it. I explained to them that any sudden loud noise was like a slap across the forehead to me. Of course, I didn't expect them to understand, who could? In hindsight, I should not have invited my children over to see me but they were missing me and enjoyed the company of their nephew [my sister's son].

As I recall they were playing a simulated football game, a near miss would cause them all to shout out, a goal scored would cause them all to cheer loudly. I had told all of them to keep the noise level down as I was having trouble dealing with it. 'NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO', as a shot went whizzing over the bar. 'YESSSSSSSSSSSS', as a penalty was awarded. I had told all of them to keep the noise level down as I was having trouble dealing with it. 'GOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL', as their team scored a goal. Why were they not listening to me?

I had told all of them to keep the noise level down as I was having trouble dealing with it.
I had told all of them to keep the noise level down as I was having trouble dealing with it.
I had told all of them to keep the noise level down as I was having trouble dealing with it.

Time and time again, I had told them.

I cracked.

I stood bolt upright from my computer chair, turned to my children and nephew who were celebrating a goal they had scored and shouted, “FUCKING GET OUT, ALL OF YOU , FUCKING GET OUT NOW!” I will never ever forget the look of fear on their faces as they looked at me in complete horror. They all looked terrified, almost as if they had seen a vision of Satan.

They protested and told me they would keep quiet, this just fuelled my anger. “GET OUT OF MY FLAT NOW BEFORE I PUNCH THE LIVING FUCK OUT OF YOU, YOU INCONSIDERATE CUNTS”.

My nephew, being the oldest, [and wisest] gathered my children and they all left in silence to his mother's house [my sister's].

What kind of monster had I become? Surely going cold turkey on a prescribed drug, given the okay by a regulator of medicine, would not cause such horrific side effects? What was going on inside me? Who was this person?

They left and I slumped to the floor, sobbing, my head buried in my hands, my body twitching, electric like zaps jolting through me as if I were being poked by a cattle prod. I rocked back and forth, mumbling to myself. An outsider would have seen me as insane and called for a straitjacket. I needed to get out, I felt as if I were the touch paper of a firework that had already been lit and was ready to 'show off' what it could do when flame met the gunpowder [Akathisia, see Chapter 3]. I needed to vacate this situation and I needed it so bad that I left my flat in just jeans and a t-shirt. It was around February and it was below zero outside. I didn't care.

I didn't think.

I couldn't think.

To recap from the Oakville Beaver:

Kerr remembered Sara becoming frustrated while trying to load the dishwasher. Sara ended up throwing a bowl on the counter and slamming the dishwasher door shut when the bowl wouldn't fit.

Sara then left the room amid a flurry of profanities.

One thing in common I shared with Sara - We both took Paxil.


It's evident that this inquest is trying to shift the blame on other addictive substances that Sara took. Cocaine and alcohol.

Remember, according to GlaxoSmithKline, the manufacturers of Paxil, their drug is not addictive.

You ever tried to give up an addiction, smoking maybe?

You find yourself being shitty to those around you?

Could Sara have been suffering withdrawal symptoms from Paxil here? It's certainly possible, isn't it?

I cannot time travel in a Delorean as Links can. To be honest, I don't need to because I have experienced both anger and frustration as a result of taking Paxil. No expert witness, GlaxoSmithKline spokesperson or highly paid lawyer can tell me that it was the 'illness' or relate it to any other substance - well, they can try - please do - I'll rip you a new hole!

End of the day, Sara Carlin was prescribed a drug called Paxil.

Her parents were not told she had been prescribed it.

On each increase of dosage Sara's personality changed.

Does it really take Einstein to do the math here?

Back to the inquest and GlaxoSmithKline's Lawyer, Teresa Walsh.

In a wordplay that can only be described as spin, the Carlin's lawyer, Gary Will, drew Links attention to Paxil manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline's product monograph for Paxil. The monograph lists a number of side-effects associated with taking Paxil, two of which include increased alcohol consumption and rapidly changing mood.

This from the Beaver:

On cross-examination GlaxoSmithKline lawyer Teresa Walsh said these side effects have only been reported in association with taking Paxil. She said there is no evidence Paxil causes them.

Am I reading this correctly?

Is Walsh saying that a common over the counter drug such as aspirin could be associated with increased alcohol consumption and rapidly changing mood?

Face it, it's a play on words. It's spin of the highest calibre. It's an admittance of guilt without actually admitting it.

This inquest has seen the Carlin family stand up for what they believe in. It's seen a family devastated by their daughter's death take on the second largest pharmaceutical company in the world, take on the medical profession who prescribed their daughter Paxil without warning her that it may cause her to kill herslef.

Now Walsh plays down the change Paxil can cause in an adolescent by claiming, "...these side effects have only been reported in association with taking Paxil."

This is GlaxoSmithKline at their finest. This is spin that Barrack Obama and David Cameron would pay a heavy sum for. This is Keanu Reeves character, Kevin Lomax, in the movie, The Devil's Advocate.

This is utterly shameful.

The rest of the article can be read online HERE

On May 6, 2007, Sara Carlin, a beautiful 18-year-old girl with everything to live for, grabbed a piece of electrical wiring, fashioned a crude noose and hanged herself in the basement of her parents house while under the influence of the antidepressant drug Paxil (Seroxat in the UK). Paxil/Seroxat is an antidepressant documented by international drug regulatory agencies as causing worsening depression and suicide particularly in children and young adults.

Please help inform others of the risks of these drugs. Forward this video to everyone you know.

RIP Sara Alison Carlin

Nessun Dorma


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