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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 1 decade ago

If a person has suicided from taking Prozac, can you sue the pharmaceutical companies and/or the doctors?

How can it be difficult to prove when a person never thought of suicide then took the drug and immediately went crazy and shot themselves

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  • 1 decade ago
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    You absolutely can and should sue them because that can warn other people. There are cases when the suicide or homicide was confirmed to have been caused by Prozac.

    You can also report all adverse reactions incl. suicide to http://www.fda.gov/medwatch

    There are estimated 3.9 million adverse events on Prozac alone.

    Summary of Adverse Reaction Reports for Prozac (Fluoxetine)

    Note - these are not all adverse reactions - only those most serious.

    1998 cases

    Depression Suicidal/Suicidal Ideations: 113

    Attempted Suicides (not completed): 65

    Completed Suicides: 187

    Deaths (not from Suicide): 34

    Homicidal Ideations: 12

    Homicides/Murders: 17

    Hypomania/Mania: 31

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  • 1 decade ago

    You could try to sue them, but it would just show you up for caring more for the money you can make from the person's death than you care about the person actually being dead. With friends and family like that, perhaps it's no coincidence that this hypothetical person would commit suicide!

    But suicide is a choice - it's the responsibility of the person who COMMITS suicide ("suicided"? Seriously! You must be American!) The companies have no control over how people use their products. Do you think Smith and Western get sued every time someone gets shot?

  • 1 decade ago

    I think it would be very difficult to prove that the Prozac is the sole or main cause of the suicide as I would assume that it could be proved by doctors that the patient has suicidal tendencies if they are already being prescribed Prozac?

    I guess technically you can sue them (but you can pretty much sue anyone for anything these days) but I have reservations about whether the case would go to court as it seems extremely difficult to prove.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If you can prove malpractice on the part of the doctor, yes. but it would be very hard and you'd need to demonstrate that there was clear reason to believe that the doctor had missed the risk of suicide. For example, if the person had attempted suicide last time they were on Prozac.

    On a more practical level, the medical industry will close ranks and protect itself, and the government will help them. The medical lobbies are VERY powerful and it's very hard to sue them.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Well, if they were so mentally healthy, why were they on Prozac?

    There are a few problems here. One, one of the big things with all antidepressants is that most people do not kill themselves when their depression is at its worst, they kill themselves as it goes on the upswing. At the worst, they don't have the strength. As they come out of it, they find the strength. This is ALL things that effect depression, including Prozac, Zoloft, Time and Prayer.

    Two, Prozac takes weeks to work, for good or ill. One pill will not affect your depression, nor will it make you go out and kill yourself. It takes two to three weeks to build up a theraputic level in the bloodstream, sometimes longer.

    I am including a link to a review I did on the drug. Maybe that will have information that helps.

  • 1 decade ago

    Anybody can sue anyone. But, Eli Lilly and Company states that Prozac can cause suicidal thoughts in some users. They have given adequate warning, they are protected. Odds are no lawyer will take it and if they did you will loose.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You can always sue. But to prevail, you will have to prove your statement that the Prozac caused the suicide. Since Prozac is for depressed people, and depressed people often commit suicide, you will have difficulty proving that allegation.

  • 1 decade ago

    unless they prescribed enough to kill them then no. you can suicide from almost any drug - it's not the responsibility of the doctor or the pharmaceutical company.

  • 1 decade ago

    no because, they are in no way responsible for suicide.

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