- SWEDEN - March 10, 2006 - Data about the harmful
effects from the ADHD drug
Strattera were revealed in a document from 9
December 2005, written by the British MHRA and sent to
the Swedish MPA (Medical Products Agency). The
information was gotten as a result of FOIA-requests, and
released by court order.
The document told about 130 reports of suicidality in
one month from treatment with Strattera. It told about
766 spontaneous reports of cardiac disorders and 172 of
liver injury, and about 20 completed suicides. The 130
cases of suicidal and self-injurious behaviour were
reported September 23 - October 25, 2005.
The main part of the information was classified and not
released. So was, for example, the full assessment of
all data about suicidality withheld from the public.
That review - on which MHRA based their conclusions -
was made by the manufacturer, Eli Lilly, and was named
Annex 4 to the report. It would of course be of
tremendous value for independent researchers to read how
Lilly has treated the statistical data, but this has not
And now MHRA has forbidden Sweden to release Lilly's
review. In a decision made by the Swedish MPA, as a
result of a new FOIA-request, it is written that contact
has been taken with the British authority MHRA and that
the release of Lilly's suicide review would hurt the
relations between the two countries! Thus the review
cannot be released.
The MHRA, as well as FDA and other national medical
agencies are supposed to be "watchdogs", supposed to
protect the public from harmful effects of dangerous
drugs. That the MHRA now gives directive to other
countries to hide the information about Strattera
suicide data is a big medical scandal.
All information about the harmful effects of this
psychiatric drug should now be made public by the
medical authorities and an impartial evaluation of the
data should be done. Psychiatrist should no longer be
allowed to prescribe poisonous drugs to normal children;
children who do not have any objective abnormality but
whose behaviour are deemed inappropriate.
writer from Sweden - investigating psychiatry