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5 Million in Suicide Malpractice Suit

jury has awarded a $1.5 million medical malpractice verdict to the family of a man who committed suicide. I was the medical expert for the family. After the Canada Goose Outlet verdict, plaintiff’s attorney Ernest DelDuchetto told me, “It was comforting to see a jury agree with our proposition that these drugs (antidepressants) are not panaceas for all sadness,” and that they can have serious harmful effects.

Suicide malpractice suits are notoriously difficult to win. Juries, like most people, want to hold individuals responsible for their self destructive behavior. They are reluctant to blame a suicide on a drug or on a doctor’s negligent behavior.

Many years ago, I used to believe that people must be held responsible for their own behavior under all conditions, but my philosophical beliefs were eventually eroded by the mountain of scientific evidence that I developed through my research and clinical experience indicating that psychiatric drugs can indeed drive people to suicide. This scientific reality is now enshrined Canada Goose Online in black box warnings in the FDA approved labels for many drugs, Canada Goose Coats On Sale including all antidepressants, all anticonvulsants, and individual medications like the ADHD drug Strattera (atomoxetine) and the smoking aid Chantix (varenicline).

Because of difficulties in evaluating and in winning suicide malpractice suits, I looked very carefully at the case of Joseph Mazella Canada Goose sale when it was sent to canada goose coats me for my expert opinion by attorney canada goose store DelDuchetto. Mr. Mazella was a 51 year old revered high school Canada Goose Jackets basketball coach, teacher and assistant principal; and his self inflicted death was unexpected and shocking to those who knew him and to the Syracuse community.

In addition to the potential hazards of the antidepressants themselves, including Paxil (paroxetine) and then Effexor (venlafaxine), I found that a glaring negligence had been committed in the case. Mazella for 10 years without cheap Canada Goose seeing him. When Mr. Mazella began to feel anxious and depressed again, on Aug. 9, 2009 he and his wife telephoned the doctor, who was reportedly on vacation on Cape Cod. Despite having no contact canada goose with the patient for a decade, by telephone Dr. Beals doubled his Paxil from canadian goose jacket 20 mg to 40 mg and added the antipsychotic drug, Zyprexa canada goose replica (olanzapine). This began an escalating decline in his mental condition that ended a little more than one month later with his suicide.

After reviewing extensive records and interviewing Mr. Mazella’s wife Janice, I concluded that Dr. Beals was negligent canada goose clearance in reportedly prescribing Paxil for 10 years without seeing the patient, in failing to warn the patient and his wife about the canada goose black friday sale serious risks associated with Paxil, in his doubling the Paxil dose and adding Zyprexa by telephone, and then in abandoning the patient during his decline. I also buy canada goose jacket concluded that a hospital psychiatrist was negligent in not recognizing that Mr. Mazella was suffering from adverse drug effects and in canada goose deals discharging him without proper followup two weeks before his death.

I later learned that I was not the only one critical of Dr. Beals. The NYS Board for Professional Medical Conduct has placed him on probation for prescribing for patients without seeing them, and has also disciplined him for personally abusing alcohol and drugs.

In canada goose clearance sale trial I testified for a day and a half concerning how antidepressant drugs including Paxil and Effexor can increase suicide risk in adults, and also my Canada Goose online opinion of how the behavior of the two doctors contributed to or caused the tragic outcome.

On Nov. 21, goose outlet 2012 the jury found both doctors negligent, but concluded that only Dr. Beals’ acts had contributed to or caused Mr. Mazella’s suicide. The jury awarded his wife and three canada goose coats on sale children $1.5 million.

This courtroom victory is consistent with a change that I have been witnessing in my media and public appearances, and in my buy canada goose jacket cheap communications with professionals and laypersons around the world. People are becoming increasingly aware that psychiatric drugs are capable of doing more harm than good, including potentially increasing the risk of violence and suicide. Unfortunately, the medical profession, and especially psychiatry, has been slow to catch on. Hopefully this malpractice verdict will encourage my colleagues to take a closer look at their too often cavalier attitudes toward prescribing psychiatric drugs.

Peter R. Dr. Breggin is frequently asked to act as a medical expert in malpractice, criminal and Canada Goose Parka product liability lawsuits.

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