Harry Skigis — (FDA 2004 PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGIC DRUGS ADVISORY COMMITTEE WITH THE PEDIATRIC SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE ANTI-INFECTIVE DRUGS ADVISORY COMMITTEE)

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FDA 2004 PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGIC DRUGS ADVISORY COMMITTEE WITH THE PEDIATRIC SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE ANTI-INFECTIVE DRUGS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

DR. RUDORFER:  Speaker 58, please.  Harry Skigis

MR. SKIGIS:  What can I say that hasn’t really already been said, but I had a speech prepared and decided to revamp it while sitting here in the audience.

I tried to kill myself and luckily didn’t succeed. I am still on Paxil because I am hooked on a nonhabit-forming drug.  I don’t know if I will live long enough to see how this thing ends up, but I am going to try.

I have always believed that do unto others as you would have done to yourself.  Would you people put your children on this drug?  Would you take it yourselves?  I doubt it.

Probably not all the statistics in the world can’t bring back the people that are dead because of the irresponsibility of the FDA.  How can I put in any faith in a government that still somewhat denies that cigarettes are addictive?

I wonder if you people can sleep at night while your decisions are killing innocent people every day.  I leave my life in your hands and hope that you will apologize to all the people here for your decision and ignorance in this matter and how it has shattered so many people’s lives.

I really hope you guys can do something about this or at least tell us who will help us, because a lot of people are dead here today, and it’s all in your hands.  So good luck.

DR. RUDORFER:  Thank you.