Was the Ft. Lauderdale Shooter on Antidepressants?

   Shootings in public places of anonymous persons where no motive appears always involve antidepressants- that is our hypothesis, and it has not yet been refuted. As elaborated ad infinitum regarding previous shootings, the politicians will not check, and there is no public statistic to confirm our suspicion that the answer is 100%. The shooters are always under the care of the “mental health professionals,” drugged with antidepressants. The effect of these is to “drop the floor out” from under  a weak or bad soul, one who does not care about others in the least, making them suicidal.

   We suspect that the financial interest of the drug companies prevents them from studying the issue. Lieutenant Governor Calley will not even listen to, let alone consider the hypothesis, though someone from his office did let slip that the Uber driver was on a certain antidepressant. 100%. These shootings do not occur with weekly regularity in any other nation. We have always had guns, though access is indeed much too easy. But the other thing we are doing in the age that began with the Whitmer shooting in Austin Tx. is that we drug every person who enters a psych office and mentions depression, and refuse to consider the issue. That is why these shootings are an epidemic nearly unique to the U.S., and of course these are a category different from the lone wolf terrorist inspired shootings, though the two categories may begin to overlap.

   Incidentally, and for full disclosure, I hold a degree, a B.S., in psychology, but left the field because of the way academic psych is- they did not even study humans, except statistically, and as one would study rats or animal training. Then we give them authority over our souls. They have an assumption about brain cells and chemistry as human causes, and the assumption is, in a word, false. But it is a philosophic question, so the shrinks cannot understand the question- but they understand the dividends from the drug companies well enough, just like the oxy doctors.  I went instead to earn a PhD in Politics or political philosophy. I have a chapter on the Psych page through the menu setting out the first principles of a new, Socratic psychology, to replace our pre-Socratic or “scientific” psychology. It allows us to say things like ?weak or bad soul,” and “drops the floorr out from under them.”

Colloidal Silver as an Antibiotic

This is a great Home remedy recommended around our neighborhood by a famous old Chiropractor, Dr. Dick. It is silver in a special suspension, otherwise a guy will tun green, literally. It is expensive, like 30 bucks a bottle, but many swear by it, and the doctors of course will not prescribe it like they do things like the “Epi-pen.”  I credit it with healing up my jaw bones, and another guy had to heal from inside out, and was not fighting off the infection till he applied some of this. It is applied topically and swallowed from an eyedropper. Ever wonder why silver was used for silverware Does it not just feel right?

Other home remedies, but these I intend to make myself, are Willow aspirin and Walnut wormer. As is well known, we also advocate organic weed and organic tobacco, and homemade beer and wine as well, in moderation. Despite being unable to drink, I will make some wild grape wine out of my wild grape juice, if possible.

Marijuana Legalization Will Not Be Set Before the Majority

Our Republican congress here in Michigan, left over from before the Republican Party became toast, has blocked the question of Marijuana legalization from the ballot for this fall. Over 350,000 signatures were gathered, but the Republicans had passed a law requiring that the 180,000 signatures required be gathered within 180 days. And the Republican-friendly Michigan Court has upheld the law. 150,000 of the signatures were gathered in the 180 days, only 30,000 short.

What if all 350,000 signers then go next week and sign another petition, or even write in the ballot proposal? But once again, it becomes clear why this is a constitutional issue, and we need a U. S. Supreme Court decision on whether a thing can be a crime when no ones rights are violated and no commerce is involved. Office holders at every level of government have for fifty years been selected precisely for not understanding this issue. So we get anomalies where sodomy is a right, toxic antidepressants fine even if your driving, you know, we wouldn’t want anyone depressed, Oxy over-prescribed because it is profitable, and heroin detox a failure, just don’t smoke or prescribe weed! It is a “Schedule One” drug, and we are supposed to respect such authority. That is what happens when we try to address a constitutional question by ballot in the elections.

The people of Michigan have seen enough of this Republican governance, and won’t be electing Republicans now for some time, leaving the Democrats with insufficient criticism and opposition. But we have see what happens when government is run for profit.

Was Charles Whitman on Antidepressants?

What if 100% of these public shooters are on antidepressants? What if it is the same one, say, Prozac, that are involved? The question has been raised, and there is no study of it, because it is contrary to the interests of the multi-billion dollar, shareholder-profit-maximizing prescription drug industry, which has paid bought our Congress. People do not want to question modern psychiatry because they think it is what is making us safer, and no one realizes that modern psychology is not based on scientific knowledge. On the anniversary of the Austin shooting, which may have been the first of these public shootings of anonymous persons, a Texas law allowing people to carry concealed weapons on campuses went into effect. It is not clear that arming everyone is going to solve the problem, since when there is a shooting, no one with guns can respond for fear of being mistaken by the SWAT team for the shooter. It seems we are willing to try many radical measures, with the exception of questioning ourselves and our trust in modern psychiatry and the prescription drug industry.

From my privileged observation post, I know that modern psychiatry literally does not know what it is doing when it prescribes drugs to treat the human soul. There is no scientific foundation, and they know that the side effects are immense. But our ignorance of the causes leaves us trusting the “mental health professionals.” Our trust is mistaken. People who study neurology do not have knowledge of the human soul, but have not improved on common sense and fashionable opinion when they violate the rights of citizens and classify everyone according to their DSM. Just as with Freud, questioning their pet theories and diagnoses is a sign of the truth of their diagnoses. Freud called it “resistance,” a pseudoscientific term they applied to anyone who doubted their psychoanalysis. A sure sign of “schizophrenia” is to deny that one “has” it. In the Medieval days, they did this too to anyone who questioned the spiritual authorities, you know, the “mental health professionals.” Hey Joey, the priests are here to take you to summer camp!

Orlando: The “Only” Obvious Difference between the U.S. and Other Nations?

On NPR news they just said “…and the only obvious difference between us and these other countries is” our loose gun laws. Oh, except that we invented the drug-them-all-for-profit mental health system, that our congress is corrupted by campaign finance bribery and gerrymandering, and, oh yeah, we are so stupid that our public radio radio cannot understand a simple explanation, and oh, 4th, we blame and spy on, demonize, assault and threaten to drug anyone who is not also this stupid and tries to pint out, for example, that antidepressants are rather obviously involved, or at least worth considering as a cause. Again, the two problems coincide, and public shooting began at the same time that psychopharmacology and the prescription drug industry took over the practice of the “mental health professionals.” This is precisely what we are doing that other countries are not doing, and why things like Orlando and Sandy Hook keep happening. Other nations do not worship profit, subjecting education, psychology and law enforcement and the courts to money, and other nations are not so slavishly subject to popular opinion.   And perhaps other nations do not only consider problems when there is blood all over, but listen to intelligence and foresight when people make basic, communicable suggestions.

The right to bear arms has an obvious limit, and there is no reason not to license guns as we do cars, except that we are too stupid to do this correctly. We would have B. A. sociology students judging Clint Eastwood, who would surely be smart enough not to say anything the shrinks do not understand. Everyone can drive a lethal car, and licences are lost due to irrresponsibilities, but it is not clear that guns should be licenced like this. The States can surely license guns as they do cars, since the Second Amendment was never yet selectively incorporated (or, applied to the states as well as to the federal government through the fourteenth Amendment, which applies the liberty of the Fifth Amendment to the states). Again, the CLC policy is to drive a wedge between responsible and irresponsible gun sales and ownership, in every way possible, so that the end result is that responsible but vulnerable people have guns for protection but criminals and irresponsible people do not have guns, even for protection. The difference between a machine gun and a hand gun is about 7 dead compared to 49 dead. We do not allow private ownership of tanks and nukes, and there are some simple but severe weapons that, when we are under attack, as we are, the police may not allow one to own.

And why do we not go straight after these shooters, but give them three hours? Why do the people themselves not attack them, even by throwing things, at an opportune moment, all at once? Perhaps because we rely on guns, which are often useless in the clutch, or worse than useless. And our education is again too stupid and subject to stupid common opinion to cultivate a training for how to act in such a circumstance.

We do not understand our own Second Amendment, which is very difficult due to intentionally vague language, as has been said too by a constitutional scholar, though I have misplaced the name.

The right of the people to keep and bear arms will not be infringed because of the necessity of a well regulated militia to the security of a free state. If the people have their own guns, they will know how to use them, and the militia will be better regulated. When we bear arms, it is in service to the governor, especially when we assemble armed. This is because military power is subject to the civilian, elected leaders. But it does not quite say that we have to be in the militia to bear arms, but that the right of the people to keep and carry arms will not be infringed. It seems that the right is preserved where carrying a machine gun is forbidden, because the person might carry a long gun. But where the bad guys have machine guns, it would be legal to carry a machine gun, theoretically. And of course there is a right of self defense and the defense of others, and though this is not in the Bill of Rights, it would be recognized by combining liberty of the Fifth Amendment with the Second Amendment. This liberty is very difficult. Unlike other nations, too, we are failing at it, in part because we are so stupid.

Was the Orlando Shooter on Antidepressants?

It may be inappropriate, and I may of course be wrong in this particular case, but one must wonder whether psychiatric medicines are a contributing factor in the epidemic of public shootings in America. I believe that it turns out that I was correct, that Jason Dalton Dalton was in fact on Prozac. Psychiatry now believes, and public opinion upholds, that their medicines are cures not causes, and that what we need is more “mental health care,” say, to treat people like me who see a possible cause, lives at stake, and try to raise these questions publicly, so that if these medicines are in fact crucial contributing factors, we might be more careful about them in the future. Seeing is of course dangerous, because one might speak a thing contrary to received opinion, which is of course also a characteristic of madness.

Again, the reasons that I question psychiatric medicine in relation to public shootings is that I know some other things that others do not know, and these comprehensive ideas come together to lead to a possibility, for those who care. The epidemic of public shootings began at the same time that psychiatry switched from the “therapy” idea to the drug-them-all-for-profit idea. I also see financial interests, such as those of the drug companies, exerting a great influence upon both our politicians and our news media. But most of all, perhaps, is that long experience and the road that I have taken have shown me, I believe, that we do not have knowledge about the soul even as we do about bodily medicine, so that, as I say, we literally do not know what we are doing when we drug people. Our trust in the mental health profession, like our trust in the priests that once was a part of common opinion, has been gravely misplaced. I know, perhaps, because I have seen what they study to excel in psychiatry, (which is literally the “healing” of the psyche or soul) and I have also spent time with those like Carl Jung, Socrates and Jesus, who know what they do not know but also know some things we do not know, and care enough to take the risk to try to tell us.

If, for example, antidepressants were taking weak or bad souls and “dropping the floor out from under them,” or “pushing them over the edge” by making them suicidal in addition, things would be just as they appear: The shootings would happen, and no one would raise the question, except perhaps for a few who see the matter from this side, like Andrew Thibault or Julie the Mad Blogger. And for ourselves, we would let it go, but it is hard to see ones nation suffer and things be destroyed in these ways while no one will even raise the questions.

It is of course difficult to tell whether the medicines given for one malady actually make it worse or just fail to cure it, and also difficult to tell whether these cause other problems, so that the side effects are worse than the original problem. But it is not difficult to tell that Purdue Pharmacy made 31 Billion dollars off one kind of 12 hour Oxy while delivering many of our youth to the porch of the heroin dealers, nor is it difficult to tell that we have a little problem with campaign finance in this country, so that Congress would be reluctant to fix this if it were the problem. Nor is it difficult to see that a failure of common sense integrity on one matter can have a trickle down effect into matters one would never have been able to think out and foresee, because we just do not have the time, integrity and brain cells to think out everything. Nor is it difficult to see that there are a lot of people who would do a lot of things to protect a 31 Billion Dollar interest. Look what those GM CEO’s did to hide the ignition switch problem. Oh, but these are rich people, and they would not be rich if they did not have virtue, and far more than any of the poor? They clearly spend their leisure time pursuing the mysteries of engineering for the good of the customer, or the study of the soul for the good of mankind regardless of profit, for they already have enough money, and do not need to be slavish to earn even more. They might even, whodathunkit, ignore the question of whether antidepressants are causing the epidemic of public shootings, though the companies might privately correct the problem without acknowledging their error, which would be better than nothing. And when they cash their six figure checks, everyone will know that they have made the right choices. You see, we understand too something about the weakness to which America is subject, though we perhaps do not see these weaknesses as well as our enemies do.

So far, we have heard that this man had “Bi Polar Disorder,” a severe case of mood swings once called manic-depression.; This is just a description of symptoms dressed up in scientific sounding language, and by those too who have never thought it profitable, say, to study tragedy and comedy. Everyone knows that we have alternating good moods and bad moods, and those who do not cultivate the soul are more subject to moods than those who do. Severe mood swings are something we notice too in those long subjected to psychiatric medicines, like the twitches they like to ignore, though the government may at least make the companies list these things as “side effects.” Public shootings are consistent with the known and listed side effects of antidepressants. From the fact that there was such a name, “Bi-polar,” applied to this man, I can reason that it is likely that he had some contact with the “mental health profession,” and from that I can reason that it is likely he has been given their psychiatric drugs. But I am still sticking to my first guess, which is that like Jason Dalton, it will turn out that this murderer was on antidepressants.

 It is amazing that when a question arises which might cost the drug industry the opportunity for ill gotten gain, there is suddenly all sorts of reverence for privacy. For marketing purposes, no one cares if the most private conversations are broadcast through our T. Vs and computers and phones, but these murderers have such privacy that we the people are just forbidden the crucial information needed to determine whether antidepressants are the key factor in the epidemic of public shootings. Again, without my consent, a conversation with a friend about a molestation that occurred when he was eight and did not discuss with me for thirty was was captured through my television and computer (which I do not own), and this is just fine with everyone. Congress will do nothing to protect privacy because the spy-marketers are making money and Congress is getting a cut. And really, what do we have to hide, especially from our enemies? But let a question of murder arise that might get in the way of profiteering at the public expense, and suddenly we have such reverence for privacy and the Fourth Amendment that we cannot even collect statistics on whether these shooters are not literally all on antidepressants, which would look bead for the industry indeed, and the profession of gathering six figures for drugging people after fifteen minute interviews- which, in case you do not know, has become the common practice in this iatria of the psyche.

Antidepressants are Causally Related to the Public Shootings Epidemic

Once again, prescription anti-depressants are going to be found causally related to the epidemic of public shootings in the United States. The radio news will not report the question, and the Lieutenant Governor will not raise the issue, because of the power of the prescription drug industry and their influence on politicians through “Campaign Contributions.” We have always had guns, though not quite so promiscuously. What is different is the prescription drug industry. Other nations have psychiatry and psychiatric medicine. What is different is our corruption and the power of money to obscure the common good in the United States. What is different, coinciding with the epidemic, is that most people in the United States are now on prescription drugs. And again, our enemies could not have devised a better way to weaken us or bring us down if they were literally behind this, as they seem to be behind the Oxy-heroin scandal. Hey Purdue, would you commit treason for 31 billion dollars? Someone else will only do it anyway if you do not, so hey, you might as well be the one making the money. These people already have more money than a person can spend in a lifetime, and may never notice the profits earned at the expense of their nation. But that is the result of the empty or easily perverted American view of “success.” You cannot serve both God and mammon, and it seems we have taken our choice.

Soon they will come to try to drug me, for saying such things. What an imagination! I am learning, though, as with the oil spill, that when I am beating my head against a wall because the world won’t see what seem to me alone to be the simplest things, there is usually a reason I could not imagine. They did not want to clean up the oil spill, but had already decided to use dispersants. That’s ok, the Gulf of Mexico is salt water anyway.

Marijuana, Prescription Drugs and Driving

The Michigan legislature recently addressed the question of Marijuana and driving, attempting to devise a way of testing when medicinal and other weed smokers are too high to drive. This is a serious question, as it is possible to be too high to drive, though it is also a roundabout attempt by the Republicans, or what is left of them, to criminalize weed. The result of the medicinal law has been that, as occurred regarding tobacco, growers are given a volume limit, which they then enhance chemically by corrupting the plant. They use chemicals to make their limited amount produce more of the drug, so that 12 plants now, using chemical methods, can produce many pounds of very potent weed. Next time the legislature will think to require that the weed be organic, but then all those chemical companies contributing to campaigns just won’t be satisfied.

Marijuana and driving is a question different, of course, from alcohol and driving. Alcohol effects the motor functions, so that one becomes sloppy, and cannot keep one’s lane. With weed, one is likely to be twice as “paranoid,” and hence cautious, as any motor functions are effected. One is likely to keep one’s lane just fine, but lose track of where they were going! Reaction time slightly lower, but caution increased, so that, as Jack Herrer reported, driving stats for weed smokers are the same or even slightly better than non weed smokers (though that test was done before the age of medicinal weed). Habit is dissolved a bit, if attention is increased, and much of driving depends upon habit. But it is possible to become confused and make errors, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs. Yet it is difficult or impossible to set a medical test, as unlike alcohol, the stuff stays in the system when one is no longer under the effects. It is just different, a different kind of thing.

It is however astonishing that it has not occurred to the Republicans to prohibit Prescription drugs and driving. If the Americans could not drive with prescription drugs in their systems, the nation would screech to a halt. Congressmen could not get to work in Lansing. And Oxy, being an opioid, is more likely to effect motor function and be responsible for traffic accidents. They made 321 Billion dollars off one version of Oxy and no one was driving on it? And what about antidepressants, with “Abilify”? What about Ritalin and Aderall, are these not a bit distracting? 50, 000 traffic deaths a year and what, no one has thought to keep these statistics? No one funded the study?

Our nation has entered a grave corruption, in part as the result of the attempt to prohibit Marijuana contrary to the Constitution. The paradoxical result of the prohibition of a non-toxic, nonaddictive herb for philosophical reasons, reasons of opinion or conservative opinion, has been the handing of our nation over to the drug dealers now powerful enough to legitimize the trade in the prescription drug industry. With drug money in Congress, and a system that just cannot say no to “Campaign finance,” these perversions are sure to continue, until the Americans “Just say No.”


So, hey, was Jason Dalton on Antidepressants? There is no answer yet? Mr. Thibault too understands the sudden grave government concern with the privacy of a mass murderer to be a part of a cover-up. People will do a lot for billions of dollars. But in the end, one will find the American FBI equal to corruption, and largely  above the ultimate power of money. Lets show the FDA and the drug companies who is America!

Hey FDA, you ought be ashamed, without redaction, though you cannot be. But you can be as unemployed as I am, and you won’t do half as much good with your time. The Food and Drug administration, at taxpayer expense, is simply on the take. This is not surprising, considering that the Americans might whore their own children for a few billion dollars, and the third prepared to vote for a tyrant just cannot say why one should not, prostitute their own children for money. “Success” this is called, the American Dream, the American way. My suggestion is that we the free Americans stand up and show them the American way, because if it were too late, they would not be required to have warning labels.

It is of course difficult to tell whether a troubled person was treated with antidepressants and just not given enough, or whether, as we think obvious to common sense, troubled persons are made suicidal and taken over the edge by the drugs that were supposed to help. A recent “study” cited on the radio assures us that antidepressants have no link to suicide, nor can radio personalities read either the label or the writing on the wall. Jason Dalton is said to have been on Prozac, and Purdue just pocketed 31 Billion dollars from Oxy, (not to mention the kickbacks from the heroin dealers!)

Again, the lack of scientific knowledge in the field of psychology allows these corrupt companies to use the power of their wealth with the broadest latitude in the field of psychiatric drugs. But the same has been done with Viagra and restless leg syndrome, abusing the Hippocratic oath which once guided medical ethics and bolstered trust in medical authority. The destruction of our confidence in medicine and psychiatry is an unfortunate, but warranted, result. I think, though, now the voters may just be getting a bit of that restless leg syndrome, and we can think of a nice, traditional, low tech way to exorcise the problem!

The abuse of prescription drugs, as well as the corporate control of speech and public opinion, must stop. It will stop when we the voters reform “campaign finance” to exclude bribery. We must stop electing politicians who prostitute the citizens to line their own pockets as a condition of employment. We must stop electing only used car salesmen. What, they snow us with that blow-dried look, and we call this a sign of the merit worthy of office in the United States?


P. S. Hello, Pharmabuse.com!

Are you aware that your website requires visitors to “sign in” before they can like anything, and given the whistle blower topic and documented cover ups, one cannot be sure that that is safe? WordPress does the same to me, and it is in violation of the First Amendment, though my Congressman has apparently been paid not to care. I re-blogged an article of Mr Thibault from the website of Juliethemadblogger.

Andrew Thibault: A Criminal Coverup On Antidepressants?

This article is here thanks to Julie, the only sane blogger, who was the guest-poster re-blogged for the last two articles. We hope Lt. Governor Calley and NPR are not oblivious.


The FDA Is Hiding Reports Linking Psych Drugs to Homicides

In my wildest dreams, I could never have imagined being drawn into a story of intrigue involving my own government’s efforts to hide, from the public, reports of psychiatric drugs associated with cases of murder, including homicides committed by youth on the drugs. But that is precisely the intrigue I now find myself enmeshed in.

The saga began several years ago. My child had the misfortune of being born during the last month of eligibility for kindergarten, and was subsequently labeled with A.D.H.D. – which stands for August Date Hikes Diagnosis. While other Americans with the same chronological impairment such as Man Ray and Robert Ringling managed to make something of themselves despite being born in the month of August, it seemed my child was doomed to failure from the get-go, unless provided lifesaving stimulant medication.

With an abiding uneasiness about both the alleged disorder and its miracle remedy, as they were presented to me, I set out to understand as much as I could about stimulant medications, prescribed disproportionately to the youngest children in the class.

It wasn’t long before I stumbled upon the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS), also referred to as MedWatch. The FDA publishes quarterly FAERS data files on its website containing hundreds of thousands of reports of various drug adverse events. Though unencrypted, the FAERS files might as well be, as the data appear hieroglyphic to the average person who is not a database expert, including myself at the time.

With the aid of the internet and with a lot of trial and error, I taught myself to write Structured Query Language (SQL) code to decipher the FAERS files. I first plumbed the depths of the adverse event data searching for reports of pediatric fatalities associated with stimulant medications, and found hundreds of them. Expanding my queries to include all psychotropic medications, I eventually identified nearly 2,000 pediatric fatalities. (More on the pediatric psychotropic fatalities in a future post.)

As I contemplated the gravity and the scale of the human tragedy, I began to wonder what drug side effects these children experienced at the time of their deaths. The FAERS data files yielded answers: cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, hepatoxicity, multi-organ failure, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome, completed suicide, homicide . . . Wait, what?  Homicide, as a drug side effect? Then I saw it again: Murder.

The light bulb went off. I performed a query for homicide or murder as a drug side effect. To my astonishment, there were over 700 reports in FAERS of homicides linked to psychotropic medications.

In October 2014, I submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the FDA to obtain copies of the FAERS homicide reports. After ten months of “Foot Dragging and Alibis,” which is what Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) once suggested the agency’s acronym stood for, the FDA still had not produced a single report. Frustrated with the FDA’s stonewalling, I filed a federal lawsuit in August 2015. Within three months of filing the FOIA lawsuit, the FDA coughed up over 3,000 pages of FAERS reports.

However, hundreds of pages were completely redacted, while many hundreds more were heavily redacted. A letter from Deputy Director of Information Disclosure Policy Howard Philips attested that the records were redacted in accordance with the FOIA statute, and other applicable laws. The FDA claimed that the redaction of information was justified under FOIA’s privacy exemption.

To add some perspective, according to the HHS Freedom of Information Annual Report, among 10,145 FOIA requests the FDA processed during fiscal year 2015, the privacy exemption was applied only 24 times. Federal regulations require the FDA to “make thefullest possible disclosure of records to the public” in response to FOIA requests.

All but the case numbers were redacted in 47 of the FAERS homicide reports that the FDA released. The FDA had suppressed all of the report information for these cases: age, gender, drug name(s), reported drug reaction(s), case narrative, etc. The wholesale censorship of entire FAERS reports turned out to be an untenable action on the part of the FDA.

Pursuant to 21 CFR 20.81, the FDA cannot properly withhold any record that contains data or information that have been previously disclosed in a lawful manner to a member of the public. The age, gender, drug name(s), and reported drug reaction(s) had already been publicly disclosed in FAERS data files available on the FDA’s website. It was based on this publicly available information that I was able to ascertain and request the case reports involving homicide in the first place.

I fired off a letter to then-Acting Commissioner Stephen Ostroff, protesting the FDA’s improper withholding of public information, citing the federal regulation prohibiting such conduct. A month later, I received a second production of records totaling over 3,000 pages. The agency did not acknowledge any wrongdoing, or even explain what was different about the new document dump. This time around, though, the FDA had not redacted age, gender, drug name(s), and reported drug reaction(s), but the case narratives remained entirely redacted.

Insofar as the FDA had released the case narratives of hundreds of the other FAERS homicide reports, albeit heavily redacted at times, I surmised that the case narratives of these 47 reports in particular must contain information that was damaging either to the pharmaceutical companies, the FDA, or both.

Here are four examples of medication-linked homicide case narratives that were being withheld.

Case 10213469

The narrative in this case report, when it was initially sent to me, was completely redacted by the FDA. This is what I received:


However,  I knew from the FAERS data files that the case involved a 10-year-old taking Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine), a stimulant drug prescribed to a million children in the U.S. for ADHD. The girl had reportedly experienced a drug reaction that led her to commit homicide. The FDA would eventually send me a lesser-redacted version of the report, confirming the information in the FAERS data files, but the case narrative was still completely redacted.

Then, on April 12th of this year, the FDA presented a Vyvanse pediatric safety review to the Pediatric Advisory Committee. In advance of the meeting, the FDA’s “Pediatric Postmarketing Pharmacovigilance and Drug Utilization Review” was made public as part of the briefing materials posted on the agency’s website. The safety review contained abombshell case narrative summary.

Homicide (n=1) 

Case # 10213468, USA, 2014: A 3-month-old female infant was left alone with a babysitter’s 10-year-old daughter. Lisdexamfetamine was prescribed to the 10-year-old daughter of the babysitter; the 10-year old girl had ADHD, ODD, and attachment disorder. The infant sustained various injuries. The autopsy reported the cause of death was “asphyxia and suffocation,” as the result of “homicide.” Additionally, the infant’s blood contained traces of amphetamine (lisdexamfetamine).

In an appendix, I noticed that one of  the FAERS reports that I had requested (10213469), which had been completely redacted, was only one digit off from the FAERS report quoted in the Vyvanse pediatric safety review, and was also listed as a duplicate report.  And then I put one and one together:  The FDA had represented to the Court handling my FOIA lawsuit that the case narrative of the FAERS homicide report I had requested—number 10213469—was exempt from disclosure under a FOI request for privacy reasons, yet now the FDA had publicly disclosed the case!

On April 13th, the day after the Pediatric Advisory Committee met and considered the FDA’s Vyvanse pediatric safety and drug utilization review, I fired off an email to the Assistant U.S. Attorney on the case, copying the FDA’s Assistant Chief Counsel, demanding a lesser-redacted version of FAERS report 10213469, pursuant to 21 CFR 20.81, since the agency had publicly released a summary of the case narrative of a duplicate report.

I figured that the FDA would now have to cough up the report.

The next day, on April 14th, Shire submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) for a chewable formulation of Vyvanse, as if following a script written long before the Pediatric Advisory Committee meeting. The company wrote in its press release that the Vyvanse chewable tablets are intended for patients “who may have difficulty swallowing or opening a capsule,” which is likely targeting very young children.

A day later, on April 15th, the Assistant U.S. attorney sent me an email, indicating that rather than provide me a lesser-redacted version of FAERS report 10213469, the FDA had instead decided to remove the case summary detailing the homicide from its drug safety review on its website.   Just like that, Uncle Sam had covered up the homicide of a 3-month-old infant girl, by an amphetamine-addled child, as if the baby had never existed. Now you see the homicide, now you don’t.

Apparently, we can’t have a story made public about a 10-year-old girl on Vyvanse who forced the ADHD drug down a baby girl’s throat before suffocating her to death. That would be bad for business. Especially even as Vyvanse chewable tablets are being approved for the market.

There is one more part to this story of homicide linked to ADHD drugs. Earlier, after I had filed my FOIA lawsuit concerning the FAERS homicide cases, the FDA approved Adzenys XR-ODT, the first orally disintegrating amphetamine tablet approved for kids with ADHD.  Without fanfare, a homicidal ideation warning was added to the label of Adzenys XR-ODT: “Anxiety, psychosis, hostility, aggression, suicidal or homicidal ideation have also been observed.”

Adzenys XR-ODT was approved as a bioequivalent of Adderall XR, another Shire-manufactured amphetamine drug that was formerly the most prescribed drug for ADHD prior to Vyvanse. Oddly, at this writing, Adderall XR does not have a homicidal ideation warning on its label, whereas its bioequivalent Adzenys XR-ODT does. I’ve emailed the FDA Division of Drug Information for an explanation of the inconsistent homicidal ideation label warnings for these bioequivalent drugs, and was told that a Subject Matter Expert (SME) had to be consulted before the agency could respond. Of similar interest, a homicidal ideation warning was added to the Vyvanse label as well.

Case 7979016

This case involves a 16-year-old male from Canada taking Prozac, who experienced the reported drug reaction of “homicide.”  The FDA initially released a completely redactedversion of this report, claiming in effect that public disclosure of any information whatsoever would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Once I reminded the FDA of 21 CFR 20.81, the agency produced a lesser-redacted version. This time, the FDA did not redact age, gender, nationality, drug name, or drug reactions disclosed in the FAERS data files, yet persisted with the redaction of the entire case narrative.

As it so happens, I had requested FAERS 7979016 twice, so the FDA produced yet another version of the report. This time, much of the case narrative could be read, and it contained a bombshell:

The reporting psychiatrist assessed the homicide, self-injurious behavior, manic symptoms, and worsening of his condition as related to fluoxetine, it drove him over the edge and it contributed to his actions.

Under the pretext of a phony privacy claim, the FDA had, in its previous redactions,  deliberately kept hidden a psychiatrist’s damaging causality assessment linking a popular antidepressant to homicide.

Case 8464514

This case involves a 35-year-old female from Australia, who took the antidepressant nortriptyline and killed her daughter. In one version of the report, the FDA as I subsequently learned, had completely redacted the following narrative:

My husband was drinking. I took small doses of valerian for a month and had weird dreams and premonitions. When I took nortriptyline, I immediately wanted to kill myself, talked myself out of it. I’d never had thoughts like that before. My husband was angry, shouting. I walked outside a lot, with palpitations, trouble breathing, and became more depressed. My smoking went up to 25 a day, no alcohol. I didn’t sleep for two nights, dreamt, then slept maybe three hours, felt awful. I dreamt that my daughter had dark teeth and I saw a black halo around her head, a spear hanging over it. I felt like a zombie. I believed I had to help my daughter, that a bad spirit possessed her. I picked up a knife and stabbed her and woke up. I was not myself. I was looking on from the outside, controlled by dark forces. She said, “Mum, what are you doing here?” I realized what I’d done. I asked my husband to kill me. He called the police. I felt better in the police cells without the pills, but the pills started again, and thoughts of killing myself returned.

The FDA–and this is almost hard to believe–had redacted signs or symptoms of medication-induced suicidal ideation (“When I took nortriptyline, I immediately wanted to kill myself. I’d never had thoughts like that before” and “I asked my husband to kill me”); parasomnia or hallucinations (“I dreamt that my daughter had dark teeth and I saw a black halo around her head, a spear hanging over it”); delusions (“I believed I had to help my daughter, that a bad spirit possessed her); automatism: (“I felt like a zombie”);homicide, somnambulism, and parasomnia (“I picked up a knife and stabbed her and woke up”); dissociation (“I was not myself”); depersonalization (“I was looking on from the outside”); paranoia (“controlled by dark forces”); as well as positive dechallenge (“I felt better in the police cells without the pills”); and positive rechallenge – considered the gold standard with regard to causality (“but the pills started again and thoughts of killing myself returned.”)

The FDA then provided another version of the report to me, this time with bits and pieces of the above testimonial unredacted, yet with much of the passage still missing. However, this version contained another gem:

Ranbaxy medical reviewers comment: The case is deemed serious. Medical Reviewer considered the case to be possibly related to suspect drug due to its temporal association as per WHO UMC system for standardized causality assessment.

The FDA understood that there was likely a causal link to homicide. This was the finding that the FDA did not want to make public.

Case 6179785

This case report describes a 47-year-old male prescribed Prozac (fluoxetine), lithium, temazepam, and trazodone who committed homicide. The FDA redacted the type of place he entered, as well as whom or what he shot, but did reveal that the subject ultimately shot himself.  Only the report cited a BMJ article  entitled “FDA to review ‘missing’ drug company documents,” which contained the following passage:

The documents received by the BMJ reportedly went missing during the 1994 Wesbecker case that grew out of a lawsuit filed on behalf of victims of a work-place shooting in 1989. Joseph Wesbecker, armed with an AK-47, shot eight people dead and wounded another 12. He then shot and killed himself. Mr Wesbecker, who had a long history of depression, had been placed on fluoxetine one month before the shootings.

This is a well-known case, dating back to 1989, which has been the subject of a book, The Power to Harm, by John Cornwall. The survivors and relatives of the dead sued Eli Lilly, the manufacturer of Prozac. The jury ruled in favor of Eli Lilly, which–as this was the first such case to be tried in court over whether an SSRI could stir homicidal actions–proved to be a boon to the company. Its drug had been cleared, and Lilly’s stock price soared. However, as Cornwall later revealed, Eli Lilly had made a secret deal with the plaintiffs during the trial, paying them a huge sum of money to deliberately lose the case.

So here it is twenty-five years later, and the FDA, in its case report of this fluoxetine-related homicide, which was the subject of a book, redacted some of the pertinent information. And this leads to the obvious question: has the FDA attempted to hide, from the public, links between psychotropic medications and mass shootings? More on that subject in a future post.

Now the FDA Wants Some Case Reports Back

Besides antidepressants and homicide, the three preceding FAERS reports and many others like them share two additional commonalities: 1) The cases were widely publicized in news and scholarly publications; and 2) The FDA now wants the versions that spilled some of the narrative details back from me. Much like the FDA removed the evidence of a 3-month-old girl murdered by a ten-year-old on Vyvanse from its Vyvanse pediatric safety review, the FDA, in its efforts to get these documents back, apparently wants to conceal the details about other homicides linked to psychotropics.

It is doubtful that the legislators who passed the Freedom of Information Act intended for government redactors to be censoring media reports and scholarly publications.

Last week, consumer advocacy group Public Citizen also sued the FDA, alleging the agency has arbitrarily and capriciously redacted public information from the curricula vitae of advisory committee members, thus obscuring their ties to pharmaceutical companies. It seems as though the FDA views the redaction process as thwarting the intentions of the FOIA act, and keeping secret information that might damage commercial interests.

I’ll end with a prediction: more homicidal ideation warnings are coming to psychotropic drug labels. Pharmaceutical companies will need to protect themselves from failure-to-warn lawsuits, and the FDA will no longer stand in their way from doing so, like when they wouldn’t allow Wyeth to place a suicidal ideation warning on Effexor. Tellingly, a homicidal ideation warning was also added to the Effexor label in the premarketing evaluation adverse events section, i.e.,  the company received reports of homicidal ideation before the drug was even approved.

More reports linking psychotropic drugs to homicides can be found here.

Andrew ThibaultAndrew Thibault is an extremely curious, inconvenient parent.  He is Co-Founder of Parents Against Pharmaceutical Abuse (PAPA), a parent movement opposed to over-diagnosis and over-medication of children.  A frequent guest of The Justice Hour on South Florida’s Health Talk Radio, he has also been quoted and his research has appeared in the Orlando Sentinel, Tampa Tribune, Tampa Bay Times, and Christian Science Monitor.