Thursday, May 03, 2012

Tell the VA: No More Drug-Induced Veteran Deaths! - The Petition Site

Hundreds of young military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder are going to sleep and never waking up.

Why? Because their doctors are prescribing them the drug Seroquel for insomnia--and it may be causing them to die of Sudden Cardiac Death.

Manufactured by Astra Zeneca, Seroquel was first introduced in 1997 to treat Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia, not PTSD. Since that time, Astra Zeneca has been found guilty of marketing the drug for conditions not approved of by the FDA.

To make matters worse, Seroquel should not be given to patients who are taking anti-depressants as this increases the risk of its side effects--side effects that include death. With anti-depressants being the first line of defense in treating PTSD, this puts our troops at an even higher risk of drug interaction complications.

Please sign this petition telling the House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs to thoroughly investigate the use of Seroquel for our nation's military.

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1 comment:

Daniel Haszard said...

A patient,victim speaks.
There are two kinds of antipsychotics the 50 year old tried and tested inexpensive *typical* antipsychotics like Thorazine,and the newer so-called *atypicals* like Risperdal,Seroquel,Zyprexa.
These drugs are lifesavers for those with delusional mental illness which is only 3 percent of the population.
The saga of the so called *atypical antipsychotics* is one of incredible profit.Eli Lilly made $65 BILLION on Zyprexa franchise.
Described as *the most successful drug in the history of neuroscience* the drugs at $12 pill are used by states to medicate deinstitutionalized mental patients to keep them out of the $500 day hospitals (*Viva Zyprexa* Lilly sales rep slogan).
There is a whole underclass block of our society,including children in foster care that are the market for these drugs,but have little voice of protest if harmed by them.I am an exception,I got diabetes from Zyprexa as an off-label treatment for PTSD and I am not a mentally challenged victim so I post.
--Daniel Haszard