Beverly Hatcher’s FDA Testimony
Beverly Hatcher is a licensed practical nurse and, as a health care provider, the importance of medical responsibility is something she knows quite well. When her mother, Barbara Darden, was prescribed Paxil, she complained to Beverly that she did not feel like herself. She quickly began to complain about constant bad dreams, hearing voices and feeling nervous. After only 16 days taking Paxil, Beverly’s mother committed suicide.
Beverly testified at the Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee hearing on December 13, 2006 concerning suicidality data in adults taking antidepressants. This is the second FDA hearing at which Beverly testified. She also testified at the FDA’s Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee and Pediatric Drugs Advisory Committee hearing held on September 13-14, 2004 concerning the risk of suicide in children and adolescents taking antidepressants. In her testimony, Beverly makes it clear that the drug companies (including GlaxoSmithKline) must take responsibility for not only the death of her mother, but everyone adversely affected by SSRI’s. Beverly is very proactive about exposing antidepressant risks and in addition to testifying before the FDA, she has also visited members and representatives of Congress on three different occasions about the dangers of antidepressants.
Beverly Hatcher testified twice before the FDA
about antidepressant-induced suicide.
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