Thought i would share one of my (many) letters ....
Pharmac is the gatekeeper for drugs into New Zealand. Basically everyone eventually refuses to correspond and say 'We refuse to answer any more of your letters, go complain to pharmac' so i eventually did.
PO Box 10254
It appears that all roads (of complaint) lead to Pharmac. As such I advise that I have been grievously harmed both on and coming off paroxetine. The prescribing of SSRIs/SNRIs is totally unacceptable to me.
Having been held hostage for many years, trapped in a mind numbing kafkaesque anosognosic world, by a doctor simply maintaining a drug addiction and pharma prescribing kickbacks (Paroxetine, 2012 has a staggering 3 billion fine attached to it with GSK guilty of paying doctors prescribing kickbacks!) by uninformed consent, no diagnosis, no clinical assessment, ever. (A doctor who has retrospectively compromised my medical file, made false statements to regulatory authorities and who left the ACC Case Manager for a ‘Medical Misadventure’ claim disgusted and appalled).
Having to experience unimaginable unemployable akathisic trauma in withdrawal from this drug to be left very damaged. Contrary to popular belief withdrawal symptoms can go on for years as they have for myself.
I now discover that these iatrogenic outcomes are well documented. On 25 June 14 an HDC Advocate advised by phone that Wong had totally refused to meet to discuss this, the sexual damage, the withdrawal trauma or the absence of any tapering advice. I know of no other profession that can behave like this except for perhaps professional con-artists and scammers. The NZMC have written to Wong (refer attached) to inform him that informed consent should be obtained prior to off label poisoning, clinical assessments done and uncompromised medical records kept.
Look into the drug trials and marketing approval process for these chemicals and you will find a humiliating nefarious orchestrated litany of fraud, lies and deceit.
As the gatekeeper and safety intermediary for this nation Pharmac have been complicit in exposing people to an epidemic of deadly dangerous chemicals. For Wong to push chemicals under the guise of not addictive, safe and no side effects is unacceptable.
Informed consent includes but it is not limited to;
Being told: Over 90% of academic articles about on-patent drugs are ghostwritten and in 100% of cases the data from controlled trials remains sequestered by the drug companies. Poisoned literature is being used as propaganda. As a result it’s impossible for a doctor to obtain informed consent.
Being told: “Anti-depressants are extremely addictive and extreme care must be taken when a user begins to wean off the medication. Any abrupt changes in dosage can cause suicidal and homicidal reactions” (Tracey 2006). “[SSRI] withdrawal I would argue is potentially the worst of all chemical withdrawals, I cannot think of a chemical on earth that is more challenging to come off of, I have patients in my practice that I taper off by one thousandth of a milligram a month. I have never heard of someone struggling to come off of heroin or oxycontin at this rate. I have never heard of anything comparable to this. It is so disabling that patients develop neurologic symptoms, they develop cataclysmic mood syndromes, they develop impulsivity and violence totally out of character for them. It’s pretty horrifying."(Brogan 2016).“[S]ome developed delayed and post withdrawal akathisia weeks and months after stopping and withdrawal akathisia which went on for years, many felt physically disabled.” (Lucire, 2016).
Being told: “Within the first week of when you go on an antidepressant you may have a sexual dysfunction, it can go on forever, often only appearing when you go off the drug….its extraordinarily common.” … “I believe that the SSRI era will soon stand as one of the most shameful in the history of medicine.” (Healy 2015).
Being told: Of the Drayton Sher Lawyers (see attached) and Fortitude Law litigation Class Action Suits. Note how Wong appeared in a 2012 local paper (see attached) declaring ‘Pill-Popping Ends’. Why does it take a complaint to the HDC to trigger this? And what of his existing SSRI victims? He would no doubt say ‘They have chosen to be on the drug.’ I would reply they are suffering drug induced spellbinding by uninformed consent, held hostage by a so called doctor whose ‘vacuum of knowledge’ in this area means he is unable to get them out from under the addictive weight of these dreadful poisons and is all too happy to blame the patient washing his hands of any responsibility for the disgusting position HE put them in and the H.O. morphing into ‘First admit no harm’. These are not ‘for-ever’ drugs they are ‘for-never’ drugs.
Being told: There is no difference between individual SSRIs and they are all worse than useless. (Kirsch 2009).
Being Told: There are hundreds of side effects, known and unknown - paroxetine PIL disclosing:
Somnolence, Insomnia, Agitation, Tremor, Anxiety, Dizziness, Constipation, Nausea Diarrhea, Dry mouth, Vomiting, Flatulence, Asthenia, Abnormal ejaculation, Sweating Impotence, Libido decreased, Headache, Palpitation, Vasodilation, Rash, Decreased appetite, Oropharynx Disorder, Dyspepsia, Myopathy, Myalgia, Myasthenia, Tremor, Nervousness, Paresthesia, Drugged Feeling, Confusion, Yawn, Blurred Vision, Taste Perversion, Male genital disorders, Urinary Frequency, Urination disorder, Female genital disorders. Abdominal Pain, Back pain, Chest pain, Chills, Trauma, Concentration impaired, Depersonalization, Myoclonus, Amnesia, Rhinitus, Phryngitis, Abnormal vision, Dysmenorrhea, Urinary tract infection, Dysphagia, Sinusitis, Abnormal dreams, Infection, Depression, Flu syndrome, Cough increased, Hyperkinesia, Malaise, Allergic reaction, Face edema, Moniliasis, adrenergic syndrome, cellulitis, neck rigidity, Pelvic pain, Pertonitis, Ulcer, Hypertension, Tachycardia, Arrhythmia nodal, Atrial fibulation, Bundle branch block, cerebral ischemia, cerebrovascular accident, congestive heart failure, heart block low cardiac outut, Myocardial infarct, Myocadial ischemia, pallor, Phlebitis, Pulmonary embolus, Suraventricular extrasystoles, Thrombosis, Varicose vein, Vascular headache, Ventricular extrasystoles Bruxism, Colitis, Eructation, Gastritis, Gastroenteritis, Gingivitis, Glossitis, Increased salivation, Liver function tests abnormal, Rectal hemorrhage, Ulcerative stomatitis, Aphthous stomatitis, Bloody diarrhea, Bulimia, Cholelithiasis, Duodenitis, Enteritis, Esophagitis, Eosophagitis, Fecal impactions, Fecal incontinence, Gum hemorrhage, Hematemesis, Hepatitis, Ileus, Intetinal obstruction, Jaundice, Melena, Mouth ulceration, Peptic ulcer, Salivary gland enlargement, Stomach ulcer, Stomatitis Tongue discoloration Tongue edema Tooth cavities, Diabetes Mellitus Goiter Hyperthyroidism Hypothyroidism Thyroiditis, Anemia Eosinophilia Leukocytosis, Leukopenia, Lymphadenopathy Purpura Abnormal erythrocytes Basophilia Bleeding time -increased Hypochromic anemia Iron deficiency anemia, Lymphedema, abnormal lymphocytes, lymphocytosis, Microcytic anemia, Monocytosis, Normocytic anemia, Amenorrhea, Breast pain, Cystitis, Dysuria, Hematuria, Menorrhagia Nocturia Polyuria Urinary incontinence Urinary retention Urinary urgency Vaginal moniliasis Vaginitis Breast atrophy Breast enlargement Endometrial disorder Epididymitis Neuralgia Neuropathy Nystagmus Peripheral neuritis Psychotic depression Reflexes decreased, Reflexes increased Stupor Torticollis Trismus Bloody diarrhea Bulimia Cholelithiasis, Duodenitis Enteritis Esophagitis Fecal impactions Fecal inconti, Thrombocythemia, Thrombocytoenia, Weight gain, Weight loss, SGOT increased SGPT increased Thirst Bilirubinemia, BUN increased Creatine phosphokinase increased, dehydration, gamma gobulins increased Gout Hypercalcemia, Hypercholesteremia, Hyperglycemia, Hyperkalemia, Hyperphosphatemia, Hypocalcemia, Hypoglycemia, Hypokalemia, Hyponatremia, Ketosis, Lactic dehydrogenase increased, NPG increased, Arthralgia, Arthritis, Arthrosis, Bursitis, Myositis, Osteoporosis, Generalized spasm, Tenosynovitis, Tetany. Emotional Lability [This is a smoke screen term to hide what is drug induced suicidal reactions (Study329 Restored)], Vertigo Abnormal thinking Alcohol abuse Ataxia Delirium Dystonia Dyskinesia Euphoria Hallucinations Hostility Hypertonia Hypesthesia, Hypokinesia, Incoordination, Lack of emotion, Libido increased, Manic reaction, Neurosis, Paralysis, Paranoid reaction, Psychosis, Abnormal gait, Akinisia, Antisocial reaction Aphasia Choreoathetosis, Circumoral paresthesias, Convulsion Delusions, Diplopia, Drug dependence, Dysarthria, Extrapyramidal syndrome, Fasciculations, Grand mal convulsion, Hyperalgesia, Hysteria, Manic-depressive- reaction, Meningitis, Myelitis Neuralgia, Neuropathy, Nystagmus, Peripheral neuritis, Psychotic depression, Reflexes decreased, Reflexes increased, Stupor, Torticollis, Trismus, Withdrawal Syndrome [This can last for years!], Asthma Bronchitis Dyspnea Epistaxis Hyperventilation Pneumonia, Respiratory flu, Emphysema, Hemoptysis, Hiccups, Lung fibrosis, Pulmonary edema, Sputum increased, Voice alteration, Pruritus, Acne, Alopecia, Contact dermatitis, Dry skin, Ecchymosis, Eczema, Furunculosis, Heres simplex, Maculopapular rash, Photosensitivity, Urticaria, Angiodema, Eruthema Nodosum, Erythema Multiforme, Exfoliative dermatitis, Fungal dermatitis, Herpes zoster, Hirsutism, Seborrhea, Skin discoloration, Skin hypertrophy, Skin Ulcer, Vesiculobullous rash. Tinnitus, Abnormality of accommodation, Conjunctivitis, Ear pain, Eye pain, Mydriasis, Otitis Media, Photophobia, Amblyopia, Anisocoria, Blepharitis, Cataract, Conjuntival edema, Corneal ulcer, Deafness, Exophthalmus, Eye hemorrhage, Glaucoma, Hyperacusis, Keratoconjunctivitis, Night blindness, Otitis Externa, Parosmia, Ptosis, Retinal hemorrhage, Taste loss, Visual field defect, Abortion, Amenorrhea, Breast pain, Cystitis, Dysuria, Hematuria, Menorrhagia, Nocturia, Polyuria, Urinary incontinence, Urinary retention, Urinary urgency, Vaginal moniliasis, Vaginitis, Breast atrophy, Breast enlargement, Endometrial disorder, Epididymitis, Female lactation Fibrocystic breast, Kidney calculus, Kidney pain, Leukorrhea, Mastitis, Metrorrhagia, Nephritis Oliguria, Pyuria, Urethritis, Uterine Spasm, Urolith, Vaginal hemorrhage.
Being told: Of the existence of pharma prescribing kickbacks to GPs.
Being told: The withdrawal suffering may be so traumatizing that death may be a welcome relief and thousands have in fact chosen this option.
How did this horror story scripted by a doctor start?
A doctor pushed me into the slippery sloped rabbit hole of psychotropic drugs by persuading me to take a smorgasboard of poisons by uninformed consent using ghostwritten abstracts and one of the great falsehoods of modern medicine to describe why I had a sore hand from using the computer….the ‘chemical imbalance’ delusion!
I look forward to hearing from you.
Here is the reply from Pharmac
26 May 2016
Thank you for your letter regarding paroxetine hydrochloride.
I have passed your concerns onto the therapeutic group manager for neurology to be noted.
Paroxetine hydrochloride is a registered medicine with Medsafe, the New Zealand medicines and medical devices safety authority. It is responsible for the regulation of medicines, ensuring that they are acceptably safe and as paroxetine hydrochloride has been approved by Medsafe, they have deemed it safe for use in New Zealand.
We would recommend speaking with your doctor about alternative treatment as you have stated that paroxetine hydrochloride has caused you to have adverse effects.
I hope this is of some assistance.
Alternative treatment....alternative treatment!!!???!! Clearly they didnt get the gist of my letter.
So i wrote back again...
2 June 2016
PO Box 10254
I refer to your letter of 26 May 2016.
I am sorry but I couldn’t disagree more with you and medsafe for there is a mountain of evidence that paroxetine is not safe. It is an extremely dangerous, addictive brain and life altering chemical.
I have attached just one example of evidence of this unfolding horror story from that drug.
Also you clearly are not aware of Study329restored so I attach the BMJ press release.
Did you look at the Drayton Sher Lawyers press release I sent you?
Okay so you say it is safe. Would you be so kind as to forward me one journal article that shows that. And I am not referring to a pharma advertising brochure.
Why are people not doing anything about this!!
If you look at the history of thalidomide the medical profession behaved in just the same way …deny, deny, deny, the drug was to blame.
Pharmac then replied with a classic manouver which i have come to find very predictable from the medical profession...
First deny then when presented with unrefutable evidence either remain silent and refuse to engage or refer.
Here they do both but in reverse order.
27 June 2016
Thank you for your follow-up letter.
We acknowledge the points you have raised with the evidence provided and would suggest submitting all your evidence to CARM. This is because Pharmacs role is to decide which medicines and related products are to be funded for use in the community and public hospitals and not monitoring medicines for adverse effects.
CARM is New Zealand's National monitoring Centre for adverse reactions. It collects evaluates reports of adverse reactions to medicines, vaccines, herbal products and dietary supplements. By reporting to CARM you will be providing information it can use to make recommendations to the medicines regulator Medsafe, and what action may be required.
As previously stated, we recommend you speak with your doctor about alternative treatment options.
We now consider this matter to be closed.