Depressed over Prozac

Antidepressants dangerous and should be banned, crusader says

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  • Ann Blake Tracy Henderson, NV
    April 5, 2018 5:22 p.m.

    The remainder of that article includes the largest funders of NAMI....

    The biggest pharma funder in 2009 was AstraZenca (AZ), which donated $1,255,000.00. Recall that AZ is forced to pay about 400X that amount ($520 million) to resolve allegations that it illegally marketed the anti-psychotic drug Seroquel for uses not approved as safe and effective by the Food and Drug Administration... [WOW! And those not taking these drugs think they are not affected?!]

    Lilly was next on the list having donated $750,500.00 to NAMI in 2009. Recall that Lilly markets Cymbalta and that it recently received a warning letter from the FDA about misleading a Cymablta print ad re: omission of risk information. Cymbalta is indicated for treatment of depression among many other things these days...

    The third biggest NAMI pharma funder for 2009 was BMS, which donated $506,250.00. Recall that BMS markets the drug Abilify for bipolar disorder. Some time ago, Andy Behrman BMS's patient spokesperson for Abilify went on a campaign against the very product he endorsed for money...

    It's a crazy, crazy world out there in the marketing of mental illness drugs!

  • Ann Blake Tracy Henderson, NV
    April 5, 2018 5:15 p.m.

    I thought it important to confirm what I said about NAMI in this 2004 interview. Senator Charles Grassley in his 2009 Senate probe found a staggering 81% of NAMI's funding comes directly from Pharma! Does this make NAMI an arm of Pharma, masquerading as a patient support group in order to market meds as one's only solution to mental issues?

    Article from: Office of Medical & Scientific Justice. Senator Grassley's Senate probe on NAMI funding, April 29, 2010

    The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) until recently was reluctant to reveal the source of its funding. But thanks to Sen. Grassley we now can learn NAMI's sources for Major Foundation and Corporate Support, which you can find here. I downloaded the list o funders for 2009. Fortunately, unlike pharmaceutical companies who have revealed monies paid to physicians (see, for example, Transparency Vs. Translucency in Reporting, Physician Payments) NAMI's numbers are easy to copy into Excel spreadsheets and analyze.

    In 2009, NAMI received 84 payments over $5,000 from different sources. Payments total $4,737,610.00 of which $3,836,750.00 (81%) came from major pharmaceutical companies.

  • John Pack Lambert
    Oct. 22, 2008 2:59 p.m.

    I have been taking zoloft for most of the last ten years. I have been much better off on it than I was before.
    I have seen anti-depressants benefit many people's lives.
    Tracy the imposter will only hurt us. In some states she would be arrested for calling herself a doctor. She is a fraud and should not be trusted.

  • JIm
    June 4, 2008 12:54 p.m.

    re: "how do I get a copy of ann's tapes or cd's".

    Be careful. I paid for a set of tapes a year and a half ago and I never received a single one. After six months, Ann advised me she would refund my money. I never got a single cent back.

    While Ann has spent a lot of time reading and talking to people about the subject, her academic background is dubious. While she always refers to herself as "Dr.", and claims a PHd in "health sciences", a look at her graduate degree college web site (George Wythe College) shows that this college has no such degree program; in fact, they have no science degree programs whatsoever.

  • cindy
    May 17, 2008 8:43 a.m.

    how do it get a copy of ann's tapes or cd's. thank you

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 13, 2008 7:07 p.m.

    My nephew and my sister, his mother, are both taking ssri type drugs. I was interested to see the comment about alcahol being associated with these drugs. My sister's drinking got out of hand after she started on prozac. Once I became aware of the violence associated with these drugs I have been captivated by the issue. Just recently, in Massachusetts a woman who I believe was on, or withdrawing from,an ssri type drug picked up her neice and nephew from her sister's house and while driving home she pulled off the road, stripped herself and the two children naked and walked into traffic with them, killing all three. She had apparantly recently been treated by a psychiatrist. There are way too many incidents of this sort going on. Ann tracy's work is very important.