Skip to comments.'Paxil Defense' Embezzler Avoids Prison
Posted on 11/21/2006 10:46:28 AM PST by SmithL
A federal judge agreed with a Tampa executive's claim that the antidepressant Paxil prompted him to embezzle $1.8 million from a former employer.
U.S. District Judge James Moody Jr. sentenced Patrick Henry Stewart, 42, to a year of home confinement and five years' probation.
Moody granted the reduced sentence Monday in part because defense lawyers produced studies and experts that said Paxil sometimes triggers arrogant and uncontrollable behavior in people with bipolar disorder. Stewart was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Prosecutors had recommended at least 3 1/2 years in prison as part of a plea agreement.
"We believe the wrong message was sent to our employees, our shareholders and the public with this sentence," said Beth Walters, a spokeswoman for Stewart's former employer, Jabil Circuit, a contract manufacturer of printed circuit boards. "We will move on knowing that Pat Stewart is a convicted felon."
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Geez, why not try to steal a couple of million bucks if this is the worst the good guys will do to ya.
Who remembers "The Devil Made Me Do It"?-------pure macaca!
Bipolar= two poles
THEN............PUT ONE OF THE B*ST*RDS IN PRISON!!!!!!!!!!
I guess that they can add stealing $1.8 million to that list.
Inquiring minds want to know......
This is one of the three Serotonin reuptake inhibitors that we used to call "candy meds" when I was an Office Manager for Psychiatrists. We call them this because GPs seemed to hand them out like candy to anyone with any minor complaint.
The side effects can be wicked.
I know a someone who was given Paxil and became near suicidal. After researching, I convinced this person to go to a different doctor. Instead of experiencing depression, they were suffering from low blood sugar. I wonder how many other innocent victims have been subjected to incorrect medications because the drug company gave a kickback to a doctor?
>> I wonder how many other innocent victims have been subjected to incorrect medications because the drug company gave a kickback to a doctor?<<
Honestly, it's not a kickback many times. It's a great drug rep who knows the ups of his product and not the downs. If that rep goes to a GP and give the right pitch with the little whisper of "not FDA approved for but works great for...." the doctor may push a script.
The other thing that gave an extra to a particular rep was stock bottles and samples. If our office could hand out, say 14 days of Zoloft (which takes 7 days to build to the level a patient needs) it made it easier to see if it worked. If it worked, the patient stayed on it. (and popcorn for the Office Manager made a good friend)
When I was in the business, Prozac was about to go generic. No way did we get samples of this. (Eli Lilly felt no need to push a product they could no longer make money on) If it worked the patient would go generic.
Medicine is not an exact science. Doctors must figure out the problem by the clues given to them. If your friend went to a GP, blood sugar should have been the first thing tested along with thyroid and hormones if female. Like I said, many times the Paxil/Prozac/Zoloft drugs are given like candy. They seem harmless enough until the brain just stops making Serotonin. Then things go wacky.