Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Evidence, However, Is Clear: The Seroxat Scandal

We've been fortunate to be among the Readers of a new book by Mr. Bob Fiddaman:


And here's our Review.

Do you trust the medicines in your cabinet? Do you trust the Lives of your family to those medicines, and more importantly, do you trust the Government Regulatory Agencies charged with assuring that those medicines are actually “safe and effective”?

Read this book before you swallow anything: either in Pill or PR form.

First, it is vital to note that the author, Mr. Fiddaman, is not affiliated in any way with Scientology, its offshoots, or its politics. His book is about a drug, his personal (and others) experience of it, its makers, and its Regulators. Visit him online at:


Do you believe that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in a person’s brain? As you will learn, chemical neurotransmitters are in a constant state of flux, and establishing any normal amount of them requires more than Drug Advertisements stating that scientists, Think, or Believe, whatever the Drug Co. is paying them to believe. Those payments have run into the Millions, and are the subject of ongoing investigations by the US Senate Finance Committee.

Paroxetine is an SSRI Antidepressant sold in the UK as Seroxat, and in America as Paxil. Bob Fiddaman was on this drug for 6 years. It wrecked utter havoc upon himself and his family, and that was even before his descent into hell accelerated when he battled the drug out of himself. One of the manufacturers employees had stated online that ‘discontinuation reactions’ last about 2 weeks. His own personal ‘discontinuation’ took him 22 months.

Between Jan 2004 – Dec 2006 the FDA’s Medwatch received 5,253 individual case reports of “Drug Withdrawal Syndrome” associated with Paroxetine. And those are only the cases which were reported. Drug Withdrawal Syndrome was the #1 most numerically often reported reaction, ..... out of 2,497 distinct adverse reactions, ...... not just 2,497 different Patients, ...... 2,497 different Adverse Reactions.

Paxil/Seroxat Adverse Reactions reported to the FDA Medwatch Jan 2004-Dec 2006

Medwatch also received reports of 841 completed suicides.

Do you know what a teratogen (te-Rat-o-gen) is? It’s an agent or factor that causes malformation of an embryo: Birth Defects. Thalidomide is a teratogen.

Mr. Fiddaman repeatedly questioned UK Regulators and Paroxetine’s Manufacturer as to whether or not Paroxetine is a teratogen. Reading their replies leaves one firmly convinced they’d rather have bitten off their own noses than commit to a simple yes or no.

Quitting this drug took him almost 2 years. He writes of ice water towels and charging through sub zero February nights in a tee shirt trying to rid himself of the Brain Zaps – electric like shocks. The final three months were cold turkey and he shares his search for pre dawn physical confrontation with youth gangs in a freezing, outdoor park.

Paroxetine can make people up to 8 times more predisposed to commit suicide, and one of the widely used methods of tapering off is shaving the tablets with a razor blade, time and again, right in view inches from the consumer’s wrists.

Dismissing Mr. Fiddaman’s experiences as just the normal percentile cost of progress – (some people do worse than others on any given drug) – would be a grave mistake, with Over 5,000 people in the United States in only 36 months registering an official report with the FDA just about the troubles they had Quitting it.

We’ve all seen one Regulatory fiasco after another in our time, but what makes this book so important is that the Drug Regulatory fiasco is not just about taking your money.


The US Mental Health System has students and advocacy groups inculcated in the hype that at least 1 in every 5 people are suffering from Diagnosable Mental Disorders which can be treated with such drugs.

In America the National Patient Advocacy Group NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is a virtual Advertising Dept. of the makers of psychotropic drugs. The Industry Watch Group ‘Alliance For Human Research Protection’ pegs 81% of NAMIs 2009 income (from over $5,000 contributors), to the makers of psychotropic drugs such as Paroxetine. Roughly a fifth of FDA’s $2.2 Billion budget came from Drug Companies through the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA).

Mr. Fiddaman has literally taken the Bull by the Horns (after being slammed to the mat by Paroxetine) to contact repeatedly and meet face to face with UK Regulators in his efforts to get truth from them out to the public.

Ignore this book at your own, and your children’s peril. An informed public demanding that their legislators clean this mess up, must commence. The Drug Industry and its Regulators must be held accountable to protecting consumers ahead of profits and not the other way around.

If you don’t buy Mr. Fiddaman's book, your false economy could cost you an awful lot more than just $9.00.


BOB FIDDAMAN [Fiddy] said...

What a fantastic review.

Thank you very much. I am very humbled.


D Bunker said...

You Sir, have Nothing to be humbled about.

We'd love to share out the punch line regarding the method you made your point to the Regulators Re tapering with, but we'd Rather people Buy your book.

Keep up the Terrific work, and all our best to you and yours.

BOB FIDDAMAN [Fiddy] said...

Good man.

Best to you and yours too.