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Doxycycline Causes Suicide in Teens!
  • Petitioning Watson Pharmaceutical

This petition will be delivered to:

Watson Pharmaceutical
Commissioner of FDA
FDA

Doxycycline Causes Suicide in Teens!

    1. Tara McCarty
    2. Petition by

      Tara McCarty

      Campbell Hill, IL

My 13 year old son Damein was the happiest kid. He was handsome, 6'2",popular, athletic, good grades, loved God and church. He was not one to give up on anything. He recently acolyted at church while he was sick with the flu and 101 temperature and could have stayed home (I didn't find out he was sick until after we got home form church because he knew I would have kept him home). He went to basketball practice with pneumonia (He stayed at school all day not feeling well because he didnt want to miss practice. once he got there, the coach called to tell me he was sick. he said if he knew he couldnt practice, he would have came hime that morning.) He loved his friends and family. He read stories to his 5 year old brother at bedtime and was his 11 year old brother’s best friend. He sang to his baby sister and took naps with her. He was always laughing and happy. He was always trying to help people, either buying clothes and shoes for kids or helping at church. He christmas caroled around town and at the nursing home, by his own choice. He hugged and kissed me everyday.

Damein was not depressed. He had just played his first tournament out of state that weekend, with an elite traveling basketball team.  He didn't withdraw from activities, he loved to be with his friends and play sports and ride his bike and run. But on the morning of Feb 29, 2012, he showered, ate breakfast and watched TV with me before school, even told me that his friends mother would bring him home after confirmation class that evening. I told him we had to get going and he went upstairs to get his backpack. He was taking a little longer than usual, so as I headed to the door I yelled upstairs for him to "Come On". He responded, "Just give me a minute", and pulled the trigger of his shotgun and ended his beautiful life.

My son had been taking Doxycycline for acne for a year. While the pharmaceutical companies say there have been too few deaths to spark an investigation, I’ve connected with other families who have lost children to impulsive suicide and to young people who felt driven to suicide while taking the medication.

Suicidal thoughts and actions are not listed as a side effect on Doxycycline. I want to honor my son's life by making sure that no other lives are lost to this medication. Watson Pharmaceuticals and the FDA must investigate the link between this drug and impulsive suicide before any more lives are lost. They must include this as a side sffect and warn people. Please, sign Damein's petition if you agree. Also, if you or someone you know has suffered side effects, PLEASE report them to the FDA and Rxisk, the more reported the more our chance of getting this warning required!!!!!
If you or someone you know has had any of these side effects, please report to FDA and Rxisk website. FDA can  online, by phone or mail.It's very importatn that these reports are made.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 5,000 signatures
    2. REPORT ALL SIDE EFFECTS!!!!

      Tara McCarty
      Petition Organizer

      Please make sure you report all side efffects to the FDA for either yourself or your child. Those in other countries cna still file a report.

    3. GET ELLEN TO SIGN AND SHARE!!!!

      Tara McCarty
      Petition Organizer

      Click on this facebook link and comment to get Ellen to back us in our petition to the FDA!!!
      https://www.facebook.com/tara.r.mccarty/photos#!/photo.php?fbid=10201075143062891&set=o.26012002239&type=1&theater

    4. Reached 4,000 signatures
    5. Please share your experieces with Doxycycline!!

      Tara McCarty
      Petition Organizer

      I recieved a request from Dr David Healy asking that everyone that has suffered side effects from Doxycycline, no matter what country you are located in, please go to this website and fill out a adverse effects report to help generate a heat map and show the proble exists all over the world.
      Thanks to all of you.
      https://www.rxisk.org/Default.aspx
      when you're done, you can email a copy to
      davidhealy@rxisk.orgst

      RxISK.org

      No one knows a drug's side effects like the person taking it. Use this website to inform yourself on the drugs you are being prescribed. Take the next step and report any side effects you are experiencing to...

    6. Another Victory!

      Tara McCarty
      Petition Organizer

      Another victory today !The company that had Damein McCartys bodily fluids was due to have them discarded this week, as they only keep them for 1 year and charge $80 a month after that to store them. We needed them stored for the FDA in case they choose to do their own testing. The coronors office made the decision to have them shipped back to his office and will store them there for FREE!!! This is a huge step for us and more cofirmation that we are on the right the path. I am so thankful for the investigators and coroner that are standing behind us and helping us with our stand and request of the the FDA

    7. Military Suicide Higher than Ever

      Tara McCarty
      Petition Organizer

      It's interesting that doxycycline is now the mandatory drug for prevention of malaria given to active duty military personal stationed overseas. They started using doxy because mefliquine was causing suicidal, psychotic and homicidal thoughts, tendencies and actions.
      Help us STOP this!
      Share your lahttp://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/02/us-usa-veterans-suicide-idUSBRE9101E320130202test development here.

    8. Reasons for Signing

      Tara McCarty
      Petition Organizer

      If you were one of the early supporters of our petition, please take a Moment and read the reasons people are signing. It will give you a reason to share share share!!!!!

    9. previous message continued(ran out if space)

      Tara McCarty
      Petition Organizer

      Nightline, or Others. Pick 1, 2 or all! Click New Story Submission and include Dameins petition link. Below is a sample email you are welcome to copy and paste into the provided section. Thanks for all your help so far, but there are still lives being lost. RIP Damein, Will, Luke, Alex and so many others.

      http://abcnews.go.com/Site/page?id=3271346&cat=Good+Morning+America

      Common Antibiotic causes suicidal thoughts, idealation and completed suicide in teens. The FDA has this information but does not require the manufacturers to provide a warning label. Let's get this changed. Please read 13 year old Damein McCarty's story and help us help others!
      http://www.change.org/petitions/is-doxycycline-dangerous-warn-kids-of-side-effects

    10. National Coverage

      Tara McCarty
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to everyone that has signed our petition. But after the tragic loss of yet another young man to the horrors of doxycycline, i have realized that this isn't getting spread as quickly as it should be.

      LET"S GET THIS DONE!!!!
      Everyone please take a moment and click on the link below and submit a request to get a story about Doxycycline on any of the ABC new shows. You can choose Good Morning America, World News with Diane Sawyer, 20/20,

      Nightline, or Others. Pick 1, 2 or all! Click New Story Submission and include Dameins petition link. Below is a sample email you are welcome to copy and paste into the provided section. Thanks for all your help so far, but there are still lives being lost. RIP Damein, Will, Luke, Alex and so many others.

      http://abcnews.go.com/Site/page?id=3271346&cat=Good+Morning+America

      Common Antibiotic causes suicidal thoughts, idealation and completed suicide in teens. The FDA has this information but does not require
      (contiued in next message)

    11. Report your side Effects/Adverse Events

      Tara McCarty
      Petition Organizer

      Here is the FDA contact information. Everyone that has commented should report their side effects to the FDA. The more on record the faster they will have to respond.
      !-800-FDA-1088

    12. MORE SIGNATURES

      Tara McCarty
      Petition Organizer

      While we await some information to be updated so we may proceed with our petition, please keep sharing and getting signature. Although we reached our goal, we can't have too many.
      Tomorrow would have been Damein's 14th birthday.
      Everyone try to get one more person to sig for him tomorrow, and we can easily double!!
      Thanks to each and every one of you fo ryour continued support.

    13. Reached 3,000 signatures
    14. SO CLOSE!!!

      Tara McCarty
      Petition Organizer

      We are so close to reaching our sigature goal, please take a moment and share with your email contacts, facebook friends, or verbally!!
      Thanks to everyone that has signed already and helped spread the word.

    15. Toxicology Report

      Tara McCarty
      Petition Organizer

      How does this updaAfter over 5 months of waiting ad Damein's toxicology results being misplaced, we finally got the results we already knew.....Damein was not taking any drugs or medication other than Doxycycline and had not been drinking alcohol.
      This just speaks volumes to the effect Doxy has on some people. Even severely depressed individuals who are plannig suicide for a long time, almost always drink excessively or take drugs or pain medication before they attempt the actual act. It not only numbs them, but gives them the courage to follow through. Rarely does someone take thier life 100% unenebriated and drug free. Oh Damein, you always had to be different didn't you? Now we can move on with our petition!!! Please kepp sharingte help inform your supporters?

    16. Worldwide problem for teens with Doxycycline.

      Tara McCarty
      Petition Organizer

      This is a essage from another mother I have connected with in Australia whoalso unexpectantly lost her son to suicide after taking doxycyline. These are information reported to Australia's form of the USA's FDA, called the TGA. This is clearly a world wide problem ad needs to carry the warning we are trying so hard to make happen. The doctor friend se is referring to got this iformation from a collegue that is the Head of the TGA, so the information is reliable.
      FWD:
      My doctor friend says you could put the previous data from Australia's TGA on the petition. Namely, 1246 reported cases of advserse psychological reactions - depression, anxiety and hallucinations. And that was almost a year ago.

    17. Reached 2,500 signatures
    18. Media Coverage

      Tara McCarty
      Petition Organizer

      Yesterday our local News Channel 3 WSIL aired 2 stories about Damein and our experience with Doxycycline. Today 2 local newspapers are coming to take pictures of students and community members wearing t-shirts made to honor Damein's memory.

    19. More proof that the FDA is aware of the dangers.

      Tara McCarty
      Petition Organizer

      Accutane and Roacutan are KNOWN to everyone because of their link to teens using them for ace and teen completed suicides, yet doxycycline scored the same as these two drugs on the FDA's PPR (proportional reporting ratio). It's even listed first on the list. So WHY aren't they warning people on this medication?http://www.drugcite.com/indi/​?q=DOXYCYCLINE+HYCLATE&s&a&i=CO​MPLETED+SUICIDE

    20. Reached 1,000 signatures
    21. Letter from Lt Govenor of Illinois Sheila Simon

      Tara McCarty
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Cara,



      Thank you for bringing your concern regarding doxycycline to my attention.



      I appreciate hearing the opinions of the citizens of Illinois. It is my job to listen to and understand the wide variety of points of view of Illinoisans. While I have no vote in the General Assembly, I use the influence of my office to further the best interest of the State of Illinois and its residents.



      I have forwarded your recommendation to my staff to be given all due consideration as we assemble our priorities for this legislative session.



      Sincerely,



      Sheila Simon

    22. Support from Congressman

      Tara McCarty
      Petition Organizer

      I was contacted today by Illinois Congressman Jerry Costello and he offered his support in any way in getting the FDA and Pharmaceutical company to comply with our request to include suicidal thoughts and completed suicides as a side effect to doxycycline.

    23. Doxycycline and Completed Suicide study

      Tara McCarty
      Petition Organizer

      We know they know, now let's make them warn people!!!!

    24. Reached 750 signatures
    25. Progress

      Tara McCarty
      Petition Organizer

      I spoke with Internal Affairs of Watson, the manufactuer of all Dameins Doxycycline prescriptions and they are launching a formal investigation and are required to report it to the FDA. The FDA will be contacting me, Damein's doctor and the investigators. Please continue to share, we need more signatures.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • helen jones NORTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 26 days ago

      I had bad side effects too

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    • nicole ralph POWDERLY, KY
      • 28 days ago

      If there have been deaths related to this medication it needs to be stopped.

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    • Misty Bridgeman OWENSBORO, KY
      • 28 days ago

      Ti bring awareness!!

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    • Ginger Curneal MADISONVILLE, KY
      • 28 days ago

      Teen suicide is a high risk in our community and there are a lot of reasons why we don't know why. Maybe investigations will conclude some of these teens have been or are on Doxycycline.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Crystal Mikos ACWORTH, GA
      • about 1 month ago

      I had a friend in High School who was on Acutane. Handsome, popular, nice family, appeared to be happy. He shot him self with a shotgun as well. I am not sure the ingredients in Acutane but it is an acne medication and I assume its very similar.

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