The David Healy Papers collection consists of a draft of David Healy’s monograph and all associated interview transcripts/supplementary
materials from his published oral history of psychopharmacology (
The Psychopharmacologists, Vols. I-III). It also contains research and testimony from multiple legal cases on pharmaceutical product liability concerning
the treatment of depression, including specific arguments about the pharmaceutical industry’s knowledge of the relationships
between Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) and suicide. The collection’s legal materials include raw data from
fluoxetine’s clinical trials, which occurred while the product was seeking FDA approval, before it was launched in the U.S.
in 1988. These data show the co-prescription of benzodiazepines during Randomized Control Trials to counteract the activating
properties of fluoxetine. Pertinent legal cases include the Jefferson Circuit court case, Fentress v. Shea Communications
and Eli Lilly (the first SSRI case to go to trial rather than be settled outside of court), as well as the following U.S.
District Court cases: Susan Forsyth et al. v. Eli Lilly, Miller et al. v. Pfizer Incorporated, Motus v. Pfizer Incorporated,
and Tobin v. SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals (now GlaxoSmithKline). All of these legal cases were synthesized and published
in David Healy’s 2004 book entitled
Let Them Eat Prozac: The Unhealthy Relationship between the Pharmaceutical Industry and Depression.
David Healy is an internationally recognized psychiatrist, researcher, and author from Ireland. He has served as a former
Secretary of the British Association for Psychopharmacology, and he is a founder and Chief Executive Officer of Data Based
Medicine Americas Limited, which aims to collect direct patient reports of drug effects through their website (RxISK.org)
and use them to affect regulatory policy. He has published extensively on the history of psychopharmacology and psychiatry,
issues with medical ghost writing, SSRI use and suicide risk, Explanatory Models of mental illness and the historical shaping
of categories for mental illness.
13.2 linear ft.
(35 document boxes and 1 record carton box)
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