Allan Routhier — (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:  Thank you.  Number 52 please. Allan Routhier

MR. ROUTHIER:  I am here to request that Wellbutrin be recognized as another dangerous drug.

Information was sent to this committee by some researchers and myself as to the reasons for inclusion.  There are too many cases of suicide and deaths caused by this drug.  It is known to cause akathisia, depression, psychosis, serotonin syndrome, seizures, hallucinations, and many other serious adverse effects.

One suicide while on Wellbutrin for ADHD was 9-year-old Carey Brooks, who had to kneel down to hang himself with his shoelace.  There are many reasons these drugs are prescribed, and they can cause suicide in non-depressed people.

Do not blame acts of drug-induced psychosis on depression especially when this is happening to people given these drugs for other purposes.  It is not only SSRIs.  SSRI is a misnomer.  None of them are selective to serotonin. When you affect one neurotransmitter, you affect others.

Remeron, Serzone, and Effexor are not SSRIs.

Effexor works on serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine, as does Wellbutrin.  FDA Med Watch reports hundreds of suicides on Wellbutrin.  Wellbutrin is structurally similar to amphetamine and overstimulates many people.

Six months ago my wife went to the doctor sick and was sent home with Wellbutrin.  After six days of serious adverse reactions and insomnia, she shot herself.  This was not her. Forty years old, beautiful, with two boys, she was a perfect wife and mother, married for 18 years, almost 25 years working in the Welfare Office.

She was never depressed.  She was the most loving, unselfish person anyone could know.  Immediately after starting Wellbutrin, she was not herself.  This was an act of psychosis.  This has been happening for too long.  People are worth more than profits.

How many more have to die before something is done?  Don’t be fooled by manipulated studies.

This was whitewashed in 1991, now they are trying to do it again. This happens to adults, as well as children, prescribed for any reason, not just MDD.

My wife was murdered.  The FDA is supposed to protect us from these pill pushers.  Thank you.

DR. RUDORFER:  Thank you.