Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Is America Killing Our Veterans - the off label prescribing of Seroquel and other psychotropic drugs for PTSD


Is America Killing Our Veterans - the off label prescribing of Seroquel and other psychotropic drugs for PTSD

VIA PharmaGossip:

VIA soulful sepulcher

Off-label use of Seroquel, other prescription drugs for PTSD kills Veterans: Cardiac Deaths not suicide





SOURCE Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD


VIA EarthTimes

"EL CAJON, Calif., May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD today announced the results of his research into the "series" of veterans' deaths acknowledged by the Surgeon General of the Army.

Upon reading the May 24, 2008, Charleston (WV) Gazette article "Vets Taking Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Drugs Die in Sleep," Baughman began to investigate why these reported deaths were "different." And, why they were likely, the "tip of an iceberg."

However, in a literature review covering the years 2000-2007, entitled Sudden Cardiac Death Secondary to Antidepressant and Antipsychotic Drugs: [Expert Opinion on Drug Safety; 2008, Number 2, March 2008 , pp. 181-194(14)] Sicouri and Antzelevitch conclude: (1) "A number of antipsychotic and antidepressant drugs can increase the risk of ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death?" (2) "Antipsychotics can increase cardiac risk even at low doses whereas antidepressants do it generally at high doses or in the setting of drug combinations," and (3) "These observations call for?an ECG at baseline and after drug administration."

This March 2008 article and the entire 2000-2007 medical literature it reviews was available to the Inspector General had they chosen not to ignore it.

On April 13, 2009, I wrote the Office of the Surgeon General (OTSG) pressing him about his "sequence of deaths" statement and the existence of a definitive analysis of these sudden deaths. Four days later the OTSG responded: "The assessment is still pending and has not been released yet."

Andrew White, Eric Layne, Nicholas Endicott and Derek Johnson were four West Virginia veterans who died in their sleep in early 2008. Baughman's research suggests that
they did not commit suicide and did not "overdose" leading to coma as suggested by the military. All were diagnosed with PTSD. All seemed "normal" when they went to bed. And, all were on Seroquel (an antipsychotic) Paxil (an antidepressant) and Klonopin (a benzodiazepine).

They were not comatose and unarousable ? with pulse and respirations or pulse intact, responsive to CPR, surviving transport to a hospital, frequently surviving. These were sudden cardiac deaths."


The soldiers, veterans, their families and nation await the truth about this epidemic of antipsychotic-antidepressant, sudden cardiac deaths in the military.
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I have been writing here about this issue of dangerous psychiatric drugging, and the resulting horrific damage it has caused for some time now. Yet, still little is being done to curtail this tragedy from continuing to ravage our people and nation.

Please feel free to browse through my archives here, or do your own web search. I believe you will be as disturbed and dumbfounded by lack of action our government and elected representatives have taken to this late juncture to protect our citizens, as I am.

5 comments:

Mike Golch said...

well they got to get rid of us some how that way they do not have to pays us any benifits.

Anonymous said...

I knew it, I knew it, I knew it. Now wait for the death info coming about mixing these drugs with cold meds.

Borepatch said...

Lance Cpl Jeremiah Workman was awarded the Navy Cross for valor in the battle of Fallujah, and then spent years struggling with PTSD. As he writes in The Shadow Of The Sword, "It's hard to be a hero in the Marine Corps."

His story of getting himself off the meds is almost as harrowing as the story of the battle.

Harry Magnet said...

I would like to see an alternative to drugs for treating PTSD and other anxiety disorders. While I don't have a treatment yet, I have a different perspective on mental disorders. Do some humans have the magnetic sense? If so, is there any connection between the magnetic sense and psychiatric disorders? Check out the enhanced Harry Magnet website at http://www.harrymagnet.com

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