Saturday 21 April 2018

Mother will 'fight' for stab-deaths son over drug maker's statement

Michael McHale

THE mother of a young man who was found with "toxic-to-fatal" levels of anti-depressants in his system before he fatally stabbed a man and took his own life said she will "fight all the way", following a statement from the makers of drugs that it did not cause his death.

Leonie Fennell, from Red Cross, Wicklow, made the comments last night after an inquest on Thursday delivered an open verdict into the death of her son Shane Clancy (22), from Dalkey in Dublin.

The jury rejected an option of death by suicide but found that he died from self-inflicted injuries. "I respect the verdict, given that we know it's not in Shane's make-up to do what happened," Ms Fennell told the Irish Independent.

However, the mother hit out at a statement from drug manufacturers Lundbeck, which produce the Cipramil (citalopram) medication that Clancy was taking. It read: "Extensive scientific studies have shown that there is no evidence linking citalopram to violent behaviour."

But she disputes this after Professor David Healy of Cardiff University said at the inquest in Wicklow East Coroner's Court that the drug was known to cause "suicidal and homicidal thoughts" among "a minority" of people.

"If the company comes out and says the drug can lead to violent behaviour that would be good, but, if I need to, I'll fight all the way, I'll fight for my Shane," said Ms Fennel.

Irish Independent

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