Eli Lilly and Zyprexa

From an national television interview with Rolf Adolfsson, professor of psychiatry at Umea University in Sweden. The subject is the Eli Lilly drug Zyprexa:

“’There is nothing worse than seeing a young person 17-18 years with a weight gain of 40-50 kg, and no one does anything! What is Swedish psychiatry doing?'”

And:

“’I’ve seen so many complications, and I have met so many patients–that I completely choke. Are we so damned gullible, and it must be–there is only one thing–marketing.'”

And:

When the reporter takes up the endocrine effects of the new neuroleptics, Professor Adolfsson says that they are extremely dangerous. He says:

‘You die prematurely, 10-15 years.’

And upon the surprised follow-up question from the reporter if he means that the pharmaceutical industry, with these new drugs, drives persons with schizophrenia to an early death, Dr. Adolfsson simply responds:

“Absolutely!'”

Adolfsson’s honesty highlights the disgraceful behavious of other psychiatrists who see with their own eyes the appaling side effects of the drugs they are pushing yet maintain a complicit silence.

I found the quotes from the interview on a Blog somewhere but cannot find it now so cannot credit it.

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