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BOSTON TRIPLE MURDER NOW LINKED TO PROZAC; WORSENING SCANDAL MAY BRING END TO DRUG, CCHR SAYS

BOSTON TRIPLE MURDER NOW LINKED TO PROZAC; WORSENING SCANDAL MAY
 BRING END TO DRUG, CCHR SAYS
 LOS ANGELES, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Citizens Commission on Human Rights issued the following:
 A new revelation last night that a suspected triple murderer was treated with Prozac, has now added three murders to the long list of such tragedies. The escalating proportions of homicidal acts related to Prozac must soon compel the federal government to remove the drug from the market, a citizens rights group today announced.
 On an evening broadcast in Boston, WBZ TV's Eyewitness News reported they had learned from an unnamed source that Holliston resident Kenneth Seguin, who has been charged with murdering his wife and is suspected of murdering his two children, had been prescribed Prozac at the time of the killings. According to the WBZ telecast, Seguin had also tried to kill himself.
 The body of Seguin's wife, Mary Ann "Polly" Seguin, was found in a river on April 29, and the bodies of his two children were found in a pond three days later.
 "Reports of murders, suicides or murder-suicides by persons on Prozac have become commonplace and have long passed the point at which the Food and Drug Administration should have acted," said Tanya Bibeau, executive director of the Citizen's Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a citizens watchdog group established by the Church of Scientology.
 According to Bibeau, FDA inaction in the face of compelling evidence against Prozac is due in large part to conflicts of interest, including more than $1 million in active financial conflicts among five members of the FDA's advisory committee which looked into Prozac and similar drugs last September.
 The FDA has received more than 18,000 reports of adverse reactions to Prozac, far more than any other drug in the history of the FDA's reporting system. This figure includes 1,187 suicide attempts, 778 deaths associated with suicide and 1,102 total deaths which have been attributed to the use of Prozac.
 Prozac has been targeted by repeated reports in well known medical journals linking it with the emergence of intense, violent suicidal thoughts and actions in users of the drug. The first such report was authored by Dr. Martin Teicher, of Harvard Medical School's McLean Hospital, who found that six persons had developed compulsions to commit suicidal violence only after they started taking Prozac. (American Journal of Psychiatry, February 1990, page 208.)
 This past December, two additional Harvard researchers reported that three persons who developed suicidal thoughts while on the drug Prozac developed the same side effects again when "rechallenged" with Prozac. Each of the persons attributed his prior suicide attempt directly to the bizarre effects of Prozac. (Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, December 1991, pg. 491)
 CCHR was established in 1969 to investigate and expose psychiatric violations of human rights. The commission maintains a toll-free Prozac information hotline at 800-869-2247.
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 /CONTACT: Lesley McCaffrey of the Citizens Commission On Human Rights, 213-467-4242/ CO: Citizen Commission on Human Rights ST: Massachusetts IN: SU:


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