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Friday, 28 September 2012

NARCONON - employees are trading drugs in exchange for sex with patients.

McALESTER, Oklahoma - An Oklahoma drug rehab facility is being forced to hand over records that could possibly disclose that some employees are trading drugs in exchange for sex with patients.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court denied Narconon Arrowhead's request to keep those documents protected.

The documents will soon be released to the attorney representing the family of a young woman who overdosed after being released from the facility in 2008.

That attorney said the facility considers employee records confidential, because many are former patients, so releasing them would violate Narconon's physician-patient privilege.

The attorney will not be able to disclose the details within those documents with the public, at this time, but he said they may contain evidence of employee misconduct.

7/22/2012 Related Story: Father Calls Daughter's Death At McAlester Rehab Facility Preventable

It's been more than four years since Heather Landmeier went from a bubbly, free-spirited 20-something to a woman, in a vegetative state, fully dependent on another's care.

"We're definitely blessed to have her still here, but it's definitely exhausting and it's such a challenge every day," said Heather's sister, Hilary Landmeier.

Heather was a drug addict. Hilary said Heather got hooked on heroine after high school.

It was something her family never would have imagined.

"[She was] the popular girl, just loved by everybody, and you could never think that she could have anything going wrong in her life. It was her little kept secret that she didn't tell anybody about," Hilary said.

Heather went to Narconon Arrowhead to get help.

It's a drug and alcohol rehab center near McAlester that treats with teachings inspired by the Church of Scientology.

Heather tried treatment at Narconon three separate times.

During her third stint at the facility, her family claims she fell back into the grip of addiction—this time at the hands of Narconon employees.

"It got to the point where she had relapsed and was being provided drugs by these two different full-time staff members in exchange for sex," said the Landmeiers' attorney, Donnie Smolen, II.

8/25/2012 Related Story: Narconon CEO Talks About Allegations As Protesters Gather

Smolen said when Heather tested positive for drugs and she was kicked out of the program on March 5, 2008, no one in her family was called.

Within hours of her release, Heather had overdosed in a Tulsa hotel room. She's now in a persistent vegetative state.

"The facility knows how much drugs is going through that place, how much sex is going on, and they allow it to keep occurring," Smolen said.

Heather's family has filed a civil lawsuit against Narconon Arrowhead.

Smolen said he believes there are more cases like Heather's, but they have been swept under the rug, hidden in employee records.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Sweeney Sues Scientology-Based Clinic for his Suicide Attempt - we dare FIDDAMAN to cover this story?

SANTA ANA, Calif. (CN) - A man tried to kill himself at a Scientology-affiliated detox clinic after its "purification rundown" took him off his prescribed medicines in a "quick taper," the man claims in court.

William Sweeney sued Pur Detox, and Dr. Allan Sosin in Orange County Superior Court, alleging negligence, medical malpractice and negligent supervision.

Sweeney says he "suffered severe personal injuries" when he jumped off a third-floor balcony at the Dana Point clinic, where he had checked in for drug and alcohol problems. He claims the clinic weaned him off his psychiatric medications through Scientology's "purification rundown," which uses exercise, vitamins and long stints in the sauna.

"Pur Detox Inc. is a Church of Scientology-affiliated facility which has a policy of quickly weaning clients off of psychiatric medications," the complaint states. Sweeney says the clinic "uses the detoxification program known as the Purification Rundown, which was developed by Scientology's founder, L. Ron Hubbard."

After a 20-minute consultation with Sosin, Sweeney says, he was weaned off his medications, including the anti-opiate Suboxone and the anti-psychotic Seroquel.

During that week, Sweeney claims, he was often left unsupervised, Sosin saw him only once, and never asked if he was suffering from withdrawal.

"On or about December 11, 2011, during the 'quick taper' period, Pur Detox staff members took plaintiff to the third floor of the residence. Plaintiff was led out onto a third floor balcony and told to do certain 'visualization' exercises. After the exercise on the balcony plaintiff returned downstairs, where he was left alone," the complaint states.

"Instead of monitoring an observing plaintiff, the staff member assigned to him went to sleep on another level of the residence. At approximately 6:00 p.m. plaintiff returned to the unsecured third-floor, went out onto the unsecured balcony through an unlocked and unalarmed sliding door, and attempted suicide by jumping off the balcony."

Sweeney says the fall left him with multiple fractures and a 4-week stay in a hospital.

He seeks punitive damages, medical and incidental costs, and lost and impaired future earnings.

He is represented by Gordon Phillips.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

What were Bob Fiddaman plans when he hoped to get the GSK Seroxat compensation?

Under 5 years old child deaths around the world = 7 million in 2011

Child deaths around the world below 7 million in 2011

The number of children under the age of five who die annually fell to less than 7 million in 2011, but around 19,000 boys and girls around the world are still dying every day from largely preventable causes, the UN said.   A report by the United Nations Children's Fund said that four-fifths of under-five deaths last year occurred in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. More than half the pneumonia and diarrhoea deaths – which together account for almost 30 per cent of under-five deaths worldwide – occur in just four countries: Congo, India, Nigeria and Pakistan, it said.

"Given the prospect that these regions, especially sub-Saharan Africa, will account for the bulk of the world's births in the next years, we must give new impetus to the global momentum to reduce under-five deaths," UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said in the report.

He said children from disadvantaged and marginalised families in poor and fragile nations are the most likely to die before their fifth birthday, but their lives can be saved with vaccines, adequate nutrition and basic medical and maternal care.

"The world has the technology and know-how to do so," Lake said. "The challenge is to make these available to every child."

UNICEF said the rate of decline in under-five deaths has drastically accelerated in the last decade, from 1.8 per cent per year during the 1990s to 3.2 per cent per year between 2000 and 2011

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Paralympian sailor Helena Lucas - no thumbs, mother took morning sickness pill,

Olympics 2012:

Paralympian sailor Helena Lucas
And sports-mad Helena Lucas has her heart set on securing selection to represent Great Britain on home waters in 2012.

The Paralympian got her first taste of the electric atmosphere of the Games in Athens as a reserve and finished seventh in Beijing so for her a Paralympic podium place is unfinished business.

Speaking from the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA), Helena, 35, said: “I came seventh in Beijing, and I was really disappointed with the result but I learned an awful lot from the mistakes I made.

“That’s what’s really driven me for this campaign to get it right and hopefully get on the podium.”

Helena, who is campaigning in the 2.4m keelboat class, was born without thumbs but adapted quickly as a child and said ‘I can’t think of anything I can’t actually do, you find your own little way.’ The 35-year-old, from Southampton, added: “I grew up through the Olympic classes and able-bodied sailing and knew very little about disabled sailing.

“When I first started I was amazed by how able everybody is.

“Guys in wheelchairs were getting in boats and I was impressed with how as soon as everybody gets on the water it’s almost like everyone’s disabilities disappear.”

Helena’s disability was the side effect of her mother taking a morning sickness pill during pregnancy but the positive athlete just feels ‘extremely lucky’ not to have been worse affected.

The ‘sport fanatic’ was in the hockey and netball team at school and also loves swimming, cycling, skiing and running.

Helena is pleased to have had the opportunity to familiarise herself with the ‘topsy turvy’ Games environment.

She said: “The difference between the Paralympics and a normal regatta is often the venues seem just massive, with a lot less athletes as there’s only one representative per country for each class.

“Plus, there’s increased publicity and you’re suddenly part of a much bigger team you’ve never been part of before.

“The sailing venues of Athens and Beijing were ridiculously large but WPNSA is just perfect, it’s a lot smaller but it’s absolutely spot on, last year at Sail for Gold, which was a big, big regatta there was still plenty of space on the slipway.”

Her biggest rival for selection is Portland’s Megan Pascoe.

She said: “The trials will probably come down between me and Meg; at the moment we’re training and working well together.

“We both realise the ultimate goal is a medal but when it comes to the trials we’ll have to go our separate ways and fight it out on the water.”

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Downpatrick psychiatric drug trial GP Dr Hugh McGoldrick uses Lockerbie Bomb solicitors Kevin R Winters

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" ....we have also developed a niche for criminal defence forensic analysis, and have provided advice and assistance to the Scottish lawyers of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, the Libyan convicted for involvement in the Lockerbie Bombings "

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other high profile cases inc £26.5 million robbery of the Northern Bank

Kevin R Winters & Co - Solicitors Belfast & Downpatrick

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In recent years, we have also developed a niche for criminal defence forensic analysis, and have provided advice and assistance to the Scottish lawyers of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, the Libyan convicted for involvement in the Lockerbie Bombings, particularly in relation to the integrity of exhibit management and continuity, and also to the English lawyers of the family of Madeleine McCann, by whom we were approached to provide our opinion with regards to the validity of the now condemned forensic science of Low Copy Number DNA.

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Saturday, 25 August 2012

SEROXAT litigation latest ....see FIDDAMAN blog link SeroxatUSERgroup is a litigants group

 The Comission met with Counsel, Dr. Sarah-Jane Richards and prospective  solicitors in July 2012 to discuss the practical issues of continuing the litigation.  Any litigant who has not discontinued his/her claim should contact Janice at the  Seroxat User Group ( for further information.  For further information please contact Dr. Sarah-Jane Richards at or   telephone +44 (0)2920 786577

Friday, 24 August 2012

ATOS in the dock yet again ...........see FIDDAMAN blog for details

Sickness benefit contractor Atos Healthcare to review lettersBy Andrew Fagg

BBC News

Atos Healthcare carries out fitness-to-work tests Continue reading the main story

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The government contractor Atos Healthcare has said it will review all the correspondence it sends to people claiming sickness benefits.

The announcement follows a "mistaken comment" in a letter - seen by BBC News - to a claimant with depression.

Atos incorrectly told the claimant that assessors were not required to be specifically trained in mental health.

The private firm said it would ensure that its letters were "clear and easy to understand" in future.

Atos carried out nearly three quarters of a million face-to-face assessments last year on people claiming the new sickness benefit, Employment and Support Allowance.

'Panic attack'

One of the claimants, Claire Whitwell, from Stockton on Tees, prompted Atos's review.

Ms Whitwell has social anxiety disorder and depression, but was declared fit to work following a medical assessment last year. The decision was later overturned by an appeals tribunal.

Continue reading the main story

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The person who did my last two medicals was stated as a registered nurse. She clearly didn't have any mental health training”

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Claire Whitwell

Sickness benefit claimant

In June, she was asked to attend another assessment to see whether her condition had changed.

Ms Whitwell said she had a panic attack, in part because she said the assessor did not know anything about depression, and complained to Atos over the incident earlier this month.

In the reply on 13 August, seen by BBC News, an Atos customer relations manager explained there was no requirement for assessors to be specifically trained in mental health.

However, an Atos spokeswoman has now said this comment was "mistaken", insisting that all assessors do have specific mental health training.

"We have improved the way we assess those with fluctuating and mental health conditions," the spokeswoman said.

"All our doctors, nurses and physiotherapists have received specific training in mental health and there are now mental function champions in place across our centres to offer.

'No training'

But Ms Whitwell said Atos had made a terrible mistake and was now trying desperately to backtrack.

"The person who did my last two medicals was stated as a registered nurse. She clearly didn't have any mental health training," she said.

"The [Department for Work and Pensions] may as well have got a decision from a dentist."

Paul Farmer, chief executive of mental health charity Mind, said her case raised the broader issue of how people with mental illnesses are assessed.

He said: "Over a third of people apply for Employment and Support Allowance because they have mental health problems. We know that many are wrongly declared fit for work.

"We want the government to make sure that the health professionals assessing people with mental health problems have an appropriate level of mental health expertise."

In statements, the Department for Work and Pensions and Atos said they were working with disability groups to improve the medical tests, known as the Work Capability Assessment, and had recruited 60 "mental function champions" to give advice to the doctors and nurses carrying out the tests

Parents sue over woman's death at Scientology Narconon facility - FIDDAMAN backers Kill

McALESTER - The parents of a 21-year-old Texas woman who died this spring after spending two days at an Oklahoma rehab facility rooted in Scientology filed a lawsuit against the organization Thursday, court records show.

Hillary Holten of Carrolton, Texas, died April 11 after entering Narconon Arrowhead, a nonmedical drug-detoxification facility on Lake Eufaula near McAlester.

Holten is one of three Narconon Arrowhead patrons to die since October. As a result of those deaths, the facility is being investigated by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, the Pittsburg County Sheriff's Office and the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Other recent deaths at the facility include those of Stacy Murphy, 20, of Owasso on July 19 and of Gabriel Graves, 32, of Claremore on Oct. 26.

The lawsuit involving Holten is the first and only lawsuit filed since the investigation began, records show.

The suit, which lists Holten's parents, Matthew and Suzan Holten, as plaintiffs, alleges negligence by the organization for accepting Holten into their program given Holten's medical condition.

Holten's autopsy report has not yet been released by the state Medical Examiner's Office, the Holtens' attorney, Michael Atkinson, said.

"Plaintiffs contend that the agents, servants and employees of Narconon Arrowhead lacked sufficient training to properly evaluate and understand the serious nature of Hillary's condition," the lawsuit alleges.

Listed as defendants are Narconon of Oklahoma, Narconon International and the Association for Better Living and Education International.

According to the lawsuit, Holten had congenital adrenal hyperplasia and required daily medication.

Also, Holten tested positive for drugs while she was a patient in a Texas hospital about nine days before going to Narconon, the lawsuit says.

While at the hospital, she was in intensive care and on a ventilator, the lawsuit says.

Personnel at Narconon assured Holten's parents that the facility had adequate staff, including registered nurses and a medical director, to manage the condition, the lawsuit alleges.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine says people with congenital adrenal hyperplasia, an adrenal gland disorder, "usually have good health" when treated.

Original Print Headline: Parents sue over woman's death at Narconon facility

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

citalopram lundbeck - Shane Clancy was in a "Unaldurated seething jealous rage"

anne hannigan

April 2, 2012 at 11:23 am

as one who knew shane clancy, he did have an obsession with jen hannigan, for 5 months before the outrage he made her life unbearable but jen tried to keep things quiet for his sake, she knew he was hurting badly and was jealous of seb. On that evening he was with a friend of sebs who he also knew, and they unfortunately all ended up together, he waited around all evening even though he didint drink and his friend had left the pub, insisted on driving him home, was invited in for tea and then when he asked for a knife to fix his shoe was asked to leave by seb, only to return with a set of knives and manipulate his way in by texting jen and saying he was dying and to get seb to help, seb opened his door and was stabbed throught the heart. Unaldurated seething jealous rage. this is a short synopsis of a night that has destroyed many peoples lives

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Drs Hannah and McGoldrick Pound Lane break-in - back-up disks being kept at the same location as the original information

Access Denied To Stolen GP Records

There is little chance of personal medical records stolen in Co Down over Christmas being read by the thieves.

The break-in happened at the surgery of Drs Hannah and McGoldrick at Pound Lane, Downpatrick, over the Christmas period, but the details of 5,400 patients on two computer hard disk drives and several DVDs were securely encrypted.

The news has only today been revealed with the South Health and Social Care Board insisting that security measures on the disks and the fact the DVDs were encrypted, made it unlikely the files could be accessed.

The police are investigating the theft of the records, and have also been probing an earlier blaze at the surgery, on 9 November, when thousands of patient files at the same practice were damaged in a fire.

It has also emerged that there was another fire at the surgery just over a week later.

SDLP Health spokesperson Conall McDevitt said the Minister for Health Michael McGimpsey should order a review of data security in GP surgeries following the theft of the patient records

"Investigation of this incident should not be left at the level of the Board. People across the north are entitled to reassurance about security features to prevent unauthorized access.

"But there is also the issue of back-up disks being kept at the same location as the original information. It is very serious that the Board has been unable to reconstruct important patient information from other sources," he said.

"I understand there have been incidents of arson at other practices in the area, with the potential for total loss of information.

"The Minister should review data security systems for all GP surgeries and other holders of medical information both from the point of view of potential unauthorized access and sensible back-up and data recovery at separate locations," he concluded.


Fire at Downpatrick health centre - Dr Hugh McGoldrick & others

Fire at Downpatrick health centre

There has been a second fire at a health centre in Downpatrick

Police are investigating a second fire at a health centre in Downpatrick.

Substantial damage was caused to the premises at Pound Lane when it was first set alight on Sunday 9 November.

Damage was caused to the store room in the latest fire that was reported at 1550 GMT on Tuesday by a member of staff.

Police said the fire on 9 November had been started deliberately. The latest fire has been brought under control by the Fire and Rescue Service.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

MMR class action lawyers sue previous lawyers ...see FIDDAMAN blog

Panel rules MMR jab made girl deaf - but not enough for payout

By Mail On Sunday Reporter

PUBLISHED: 23:09, 18 August 2012
UPDATED: 23:09, 18 August 2012

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Loss of hearing: Katie Stephen was left deaf by an MMR jab

A woman has won her fight to prove she was left deaf by the MMR jab – only the second time it has been linked to disability.

But a medical assessment panel ruled Katie Stephen, 21, will not receive compensation because she is not considered disabled enough.

Katie was given the measles, mumps and rubella jab in 1991 when she was 15 months old.

But she developed a fever and irreparable damage to the nerve between her brain and ear, and is deaf on her left side.

Officials at the Vaccine Damage Payment Unit accepted the vaccine was the likely cause of her hearing problems.

But the body, run by the Department for Work and Pensions, ruled out compensation as she was only ‘20 per cent disabled’.

Katie, of Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, said: ‘If my disability can be cast aside so easily, why have I suffered so many difficulties in my life as a consequence? This has put me in a negative place.’

Injection: Katie had the measles, mumps and rubella jab when she was just 15-months-old

She was part of a group action. However, her case was never heard because the lawyers only pursued cases involving children with autism.

An alleged link with the condition has since been discredited.

The family is now involved in a new group action being brought by Blacks Solicitors, pursuing their ex-lawyers for professional negligence.

A spokesman for the DWP would not comment on the case.

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Friday, 17 August 2012

Alasdair McDonnell MP - director Medevol


SDLP leader, and Sir Les Patterson look-a-like Dr Alasdair McDonnell

Colette Donaghy Chief Operating Officer at Medevol - Linkedin - Pfizer, Upjohn, Pharmica

Chief Operating Officer Medevol Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Research industry

July 2009 – Present (3 years 2 months)

Clinical Programme Manager Pfizer Public Company; 10,001+ employees; PFE; Pharmaceuticals industry

September 2004 – June 2009 (4 years 10 months)

Principal Clinical Research Site Manager Pfizer Public Company; 10,001+ employees; PFE; Pharmaceuticals industry

September 2003 – September 2004 (1 year 1 month)

Clinical Team Leader Pharmacia

January 1996 – August 2003 (7 years 8 months)

Senior Clinical Research Associate Upjohn Ltd

September 1992 – January 1996 (3 years 5 months)

Dr Hugh McGoldrick ran trials for MEDEVOL NI040375 - Current directors and secretaries

Current directors and secretaries

Current Directors Appointed Total Appointments Current Historical

Dr Mark John James Gormley 02-07-2001 1 1 0

Mr Gerry Moore 11-04-2008 6 3 3

Dr James Gray Riddell 20-01-2004 4 2 2

Dr Alasdair Dr McDonnell 05-10-2001 3 2 1

Mr Stephen Philip Prenter 13-06-2002 7 5 2

Mr Brendan Mullan 08-03-2001 8 6 2

Current Secretaries Appointed Total Appointments Current Historical

Mr Eric James Thompson 07-11-2008