Recent reports in media describe retired star baseball pitcher Jeff Reardon as commiting a senseless robbery typical of victims of antidepressant-induced madness. Apparently taking numerous antidepressants, Jeff Reardon, a wealthy former baseball player, impulsively robbed a jewelry store armed with the threat of a non-existent gun. Instead of walking out with valuable jewelry, he left with $170 in a bag. Reardon was so aghast by his own actions, he turned himself in to a security guard on the way out of the mall, explaining to the surprised guard, “I completely lost my mind.” Later he told the police, “I flipped on my medications.” Reardon had been in treatment following the death of his son by an overdose two years earlier.
Newly released information demonstrates that the manufacturer of Paxil withheld key data concerning the risks associated with its antidepressant Paxil. The drug company Glaxo SmithKline failed to release its complete data concerning rates of suicidality on Paxil. In the information that was originally provided to the FDA, the number of suicide attempts on the antidepressant Paxil was under-reported and the number of suicide attempts on placebo was inflated. The drug company also hid the stimulating effects of the drug that pose a potential risk for causing violence.
“Court Filing Makes Public My Previously Suppressed Analysis of Paxil’s Effects.” Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, 8, 77-84, 2006. courtfiling.pbreggin.2006.pdf