Margaret McCaffrey — (1991 FDA Hearings)

SSRI Ed note: Dedicated neurologist, everything going for her, takes Prozac during a stressful time, dies by suicide. Heartbroken mom begs FDA to prohibit sale of drug.

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Department Of Health And Human Services Public Health Service Food And Drug Administration

FDA Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Hearings

Friday, September 20, 1991

DR. CASEY: McCaffrey?

MS. MCCAFFREY: My name is Margaret McCaffrey and I’m from Brooklyn New York. I raised eight children. Two of them became doctors. My daughter, Margaret, a neurologist, died a little over a year ago and I firmly believe the drug Prozac caused her to commit suicide. She was very dedicated to her profession. She was a nurse before going to medical school. She took Prozac to see her through a very stressful job situation. She believed it was safe and not addictive.

She moved here to Baltimore in July of 1990 to begin a second fellowship. She had bought a new car, had a lovely apartment, and the best of her profession lay ahead. There was no warning. She spoke to her family on Saturday and on Monday evening she was found, almost dead.

I hope and pray that Eli Lilly and the FDA will listen to me and remove this drug from the market before any more innocent lives are lost. Thank you.

DR. CASEY: Thank you