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January 01, 2005

Eli Lilly Knew Prozac Causes Suicides, Violence - FDA Closed Both Eyes

Prozac, called fluoxetine by generic name, is a psychiatric drug prescribed to over 50 million people including millions of children. The drug was linked to increased suicides and violence as early as 1988, in a recently emerged document. Apparently the evaluation was known to Prozac's maker Eli Lilly as early as the 'eighties, but was never even given to the FDA.

This is the preoccupying picture that emerged just days ago, as the British Medical Journal passed on documents to the FDA which it had received by an anonymous whistleblower.

Can such a "head in the sand" policy be characterized as merely overzealous business practice, or is it an indication of something much more devastating? Eli Lilly is one of the multinational drug companies that have developed the "Texas Medication Algorithm Project", which is part of George Bush II's sweeping program to test kids at school as well as pregnant mothers for "psychiatric disorders". Prozac is one of the drugs that are to be given to kids who don't meet the evaluating personnel's standards of "normal" behaviour.

Eli Lilly is right where the important decisions are made. In July 2001, Gerald Radke, a former marketing director for Eli Lilly, became Deputy Director of Pennsylvania's Department of Public Welfare’s Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Rathke, who is one of the major proponents of the universal testing and medication program, had previously been "on loan" to head a mental health advocacy group, NAMI or National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, which is funded by ... Eli Lilly and other pharmaceutical manufacturers.

When recently, antidepressant drugs received FDA mandated warning labels, Prozac wasn't on the list and indeed, in Europe the drug has been called "safe for children" for years. Recently, the whole FDA approval procedure for drugs has been questioned as being too industry friendly, and apparently with good reason. After recent revelations of heart attack risk for the users of several "new generation" painkillers - Vioxx, Bextra, Celebrex and others, the FDA's policy of sustaining the profits of pharmaceutical industry, in sharp contrast with its official mission of protecting patients from dangerous pharmaceutical drugs, has been publicly questioned.

Not only the drug approval process seems to be slanted in favor of industry. Even the food supply has been compromised with products such as artificial sweeteners and genetically modified plants, animals and bacteria that are by no means innocuous. While aspartame for instance has brought great profits to the industry, the FDA plain refuses to look at the numerous adverse reaction reports. FDA field agents are reported to block people from even reporting events, because "aspartame could not cause such a reaction".

The same is true for cholesterol lowering statin drugs, where apparently frequent reports of muscle pains, memory loss and other side effects just don't seem to make it into the FDA's system, despite being fairly widespread. The pains associated with statin drug use may even have led to the overuse of painkillers - those recently found to cause an increase of heart attacks.

Meanwhile, the FDA is complaining that it does not have sufficient means to control dangerous food supplements and is promoting stringent legislation on those nutrient rich products.

What has the world come to?

- - -

Journal hands over Prozac papers

(original on BBC news)

Confidential papers on anti-depressant drug Prozac that went missing during a murder case have been handed to the US drug regulator by a UK medical journal.

The documents, belonging to Eli Lilly, the makers of Prozac, included details of clinical trials of the drug, the British Medical Journal said.

The documents reportedly went missing after the relatives of the victims of Joseph Wesbecker started legal action.

Mr Wesbecker, who was on Prozac, shot eight people dead in 1989 in the US.

Another 12 people were injured during the shooting spree at a printing plant in Louisville, Kentucky.


The 47-year-old then shot himself.

In 1994, the relatives brought a civil case against Eli Lilly.

The company subsequently won the case but was later forced to admit that it had made a secret settlement with the plaintiffs during the trial, which meant that the verdict was invalid, the BMJ reported.

Dr Richard Kalpit, the clinical reviewer at the US Food and Drug Administration, the US drugs regulator, who approved the drug, told the BMJ he was not given the data included in the documents.

"These data are very important. If this report was done by Lilly or for Lilly, it was their responsibility to report it to us and to publish it."

Recent research has suggested children who use Prozac are at greater risk of suicide.

And earlier this month the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority said analysis of both published and unpublished data by experts on the Committee on Safety of Medicines showed "a modest increase in the risk of suicide from SSRIs [such as Prozac and Seroxat] compared to placebos [dummy pills]" in adults.

The FDA is now reviewing the papers, which were given to the BMJ by an anonymous source.


BMJ deputy editor Dr Tony Delamothe said the journal had handed the confidential drug company documents to the FDA as it believed healthcare decisions need to be made using all the information available.

"The BMJ is committed to ensuring that results good, bad, or indifferent are reported."

A spokesman for Eli Lilly said it would not be appropriate to comment on the content of the papers as officials from the company have not seen them.

But he added: "Lilly is committed to the public disclosure of all clinical trial data to ensure that healthcare professionals and families have the information they need to make informed treatment decisions about Lilly medicines.

"Prozac has been prescribed for more than 50m people worldwide and is one of the most studied drugs in the history of medicine."

See also:

The Scotsman: US drug company knew that 'Prozac could lead to violence'

Eli Lilly knew Prozac had 1200% higher suicide rate than other antidepressants

Psychiatrist: Company hid Prozac, suicide link

Prozac timeline
This is contained in a document filed in court in Forsyth v. Eli Lilly. Another confirmation that Eli Lilly knew very well about prozac's tendency to increase suicidality in patients taking the drug.

March 24, 2005
Teen shooter was taking Prozac
By Ceci Connolly and Dana Hedgpeth - Washington Post
RED LAKE, Minn. – Two days after a shooting rampage on the Indian reservation in Red Lake left 10 dead, friends, relatives and neighbors of the teenage assailant began to sketch a portrait of a deeply disturbed youth who had been treated for depression in a psychiatric ward, lost several close family members, sketched gruesome scenes of armed warriors and had been removed from the school where he gunned down most of his victims Monday.

Britain set for clash with Europe over ban on Prozac for under-18s
Europe's drugs watchdog has banned Prozac and other modern antidepressants for under-18s because of safety fears, putting it on a collision course with Britain's drugs regulator. Antidepressants increase suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts among children and adolescents, and should not be used to treat depression, the scientific panel of the European Medicines Agency (Emea) said. Including Prozac in the ban clashes with the stance taken by Britain's drugs regulator 16 months ago. Prozac is the only antidepressant that doctors can prescribe to children in Britain, following a safety review in 2003.

FDA accused of suppressing drug safety information
Here's a report on the FDA that could only come from outside the United States. I'm reading to you from The Independent, a British newspaper, that says, "Vital data on prescription medication found in millions of British homes has been suppressed by the powerful U.S. drug regulators, even though the information could potentially save lives." An investigation by The Independent states that, under pressure from the pharmaceutical industry, the American Food and Drug Administration routinely conceals information it considers commercially sensitive, leaving medical specialists unable to assess the true risks.


posted by Sepp Hasslberger on Saturday January 1 2005
updated on Friday December 3 2010

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Readers' Comments

"Texas Medication Algorithm Project", this is real sinister stuff when it is linked back to Bush and those that use him as a hand puppet i.e. the homeland security people appointed by the neo-cons.

What is your take on it?


Posted by: Ivor Hughes on January 2, 2005 01:42 PM


Excellent article! I would like permission to add this to our textbook for Human BioAcoustics.

We are striving to teach others how to break the strangle-hold that we have allowed Big Medicine and Big Brother to exert. There are solid alternatives through self diagnosis via the voice and self prescription (without side-effects) through low frequency sound presentaiton.

Posted by: Sharry Edwards on January 2, 2005 07:14 PM


Thank you Sharry, for commenting on this article.

You have my permission to use the article (and any others on the site you may think appropriate) for your textbook. The time has indeed come for people to wake up and realize that Big Medicine or Big Pharma, a it's also called, has taken over the health field and is hindering any progress in other directions of research, such as frequency medicine and nutritional supplementation. Yet our health is not sustained by pharmaceutical remedies but rather by good nutrition and harmony within ourselves and with the Nature that surrounds us.

I applaud your pioneering work on vocal profiling.

Posted by: Sepp on January 2, 2005 08:50 PM



I have written about the Texas Medication Algorithm Project and its exportation to Pennsylvania and a host of other States in an earlier post.

Yes, it is connected with George Bush II and yes, he has been giving his assent, but the primary push comes from the Big Pharma component of the equation. Those companies see huge revenue increases in screening and widespread medication. It is quite normal, I would say, that this will also serve other purposes, such as making potential opponents to "the system" less able to express their views and ideas.

We used to say 1984 is far in the future, but it has passed more than 20 years hence and the plan expressed in Orwell's novel seems to be in full swing...

Posted by: Sepp on January 2, 2005 09:39 PM


Here is a comment on the matter of SSRI antidepressants from a recent communication of the ALLIANCE FOR HUMAN RESEARCH PROTECTION (AHRP)

Dr. Graham notes that the FDA's proposed new label for SSRI antidepressants cites a "suicidality" rate of one to two percent, but a senior FDA official acknowledged in September that that number was based upon drug trials that "failed to capture most of the reactions of suicidality." But, he points out, the finding in an alternative trial—Treatment for Adolescents with Depression Study (TADS)--"the actual rate was somewhere around seven or eight percent," which, as he says, is an incredibly substantive difference from the proposed FDA numbers in the warning label.

Indeed, in the TADS experiment, there were 7 suicide attempts—6 in the Prozac group, one in the placebo group. The rate for adverse events involving deliberate harm (to self or others) in children in the Prozac group was 12%, additionally suicide-related events in the Prozac group reached 8.26%. More than twice the rate in the placebo group: 5.36% and 3.57% respectively. [1]

Evidence of the hazards of Prozac and the other SSRI antidepressants that had been hidden for decades - or deliberately miscoded - is coming to light: the hazards include severe withdrawal symptoms - which is evidence of drug dependency; mania; violence; suicide; and cardiac abnormalities. Additionally, children prescribed an SSRI are at risk of decreased growth and an unusual high incidence of conversion from drug-induced mania to manic-depression (bipolar) - previously a rare diagnosis in children.

All of these hazards continue to be downplayed by the FDA and leading psychopharmacologists who have considerable (mostly undisclosed) financial stakes in the pharmaceutical industry. Most of the "experts" usually cited in the press have tested the drugs in clinical trials but failed to disclose in published reports the negative findings, hazardous - even lethal - adverse events that occurred in the trials. Company officials and  psychiatrists from prestigious medical institutions - who are paid consultants or recipients of grants from drug manufacturers - have tainted the scientific literature. They have misled prescribing physicians with reassuring, but unsupportable claims that the drugs were "safe and effective" when the drugs have failed to demonstrate a clinically significant benefit, but posed clinically significant risks of harm:
When questioned by about the TADS findings by Psychiatric News, Dr. Graham Emslie, one of the lead investigators of the trial acknowledged:  "Patients receiving fluoxetine alone had the highest risk…of experiencing a harm-related event, compared with those receiving placebo." [2]

1. Fluoxetine, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy,and Their Combination for Adolescents With Depression Treatment for Adolescents With Depression Study (TADS) Randomized Controlled Trial, JAMA, August 18, 2004—Vol 292, 807-820, Table 3.

2. Jim Rosack. Drug/CBT Combo Effective In Treating Depressed Youth, Psychiatric News September 3, 2004, Volume 39 Number 17 © 2004 American Psychiatric Association. Online at:

Contact: Vera Hassner Sharav

Posted by: Sepp on January 6, 2005 01:14 PM


Bush came from nowhere and he is a selfish man out to destroy masses of population with the BUSH family hidden agenda. 9/11, prozac, and many more not revealed. Many consumers world wide are turning away from American products especialy those bearing FOR EXPORT ONLY!!!!!
Reasons America are out to KILL people. When will you ever repair the damage!!!! Act too soooon to save us from mr president and governer BUSH

Posted by: mary kerich on January 12, 2005 09:16 AM


My boss's brother just found the love of his life dead in her car this past weekend. She was reportedly on Prosac and has left behind 2 little girls ages 6 & 9. I immediately went to and inputted Prozac Suicide and came across your article along with a number of others. I knew to do this because I'd heard something about Prozac some time back. Additionally, my mother is a sufferer of Phen Fen and I've learned how the pharmaceutical corporations are paying too much attention to the bottom line in comparison to putting the safety of the patients first. I've also heard some very disturbing things about the FDA recently also. I shall be forwarding this article on to my boss - thank you.

Posted by: Joanne on February 3, 2005 01:37 AM


I lost my father in 1991 from suicide. He, too, was on Prozac. My family brought a suit against Eli Lilly and won a settlement. However, no amount of money could ever ease the pain I have endured.

Posted by: GMB on December 4, 2005 03:15 AM


I to lost my husband 6-26-90 after he took prozac for 6 days. He shot himself. I took the Doctor to court, I won my case but was awarded 00000000.

My lawyers wanted to talk with the guy who handed out samples & for exchange of mans name signed my name to drop suit releasing them. wasn't that special???/

Posted by: Betty Gorden on February 14, 2009 10:53 AM


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