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MS. GRUDER:  My name is Deborah Gruder.

      My husband, Scott, was never diagnosed, ever, with

      depression but on March 30th, the morning of March

      30th, after being on Paxil for 13 days--13 days

      only--he went to Walmart at 7:16 a.m. and bought a

      shotgun and returned to his office and locked the

      door and shot himself.

                Neither he nor I had any idea that there

      was any need to beware.  We were never told we

      should beware.  We knew people who had been on

      Paxil or other SSRIs and we had seen many of them

      benefit, and we had seen the numerous television

      commercials that showed people that were in very

                                                             
      desperate psychological trouble, after taking

      SSRIs, all of a sudden they were dancing through

      fields of flowers; they were laughing; they were

      happy.  This is what we knew.  We didn't know there

      was anything to be concerned about.  Not once--not

      once did we ever see in any of these

      commercials--we never-ever saw a follow-up of

      anyone stepping off of a bridge into the icy waters

      of a river to their death.  We never saw a woman

      lock herself behind her bathroom doors and slice

      herself up with scissors.  We never saw anyone take

      a gun and go behind closed doors and shoot

      themself.

                My husband and I did not once hear about

      the subpopulation of people, which evidently he

      belonged to, that had a very adverse reaction to

      Paxil and other SSRIs.  Early this year I

      understand, and for the past 10-15 years you have

      been aware that there is a problem with SSRIs.

      Shame on you!  Shame on you for being aware when

      you should be protecting us, the people, all these

      people sitting behind me!  My story is not unlike

                                                              
      theirs.  You should be protecting us.  Where were

      you?  Where have you been?  Why haven't you done

      anything about this?  This is just a small

      percentage of people that have had a loved one die

      violently because you have not done your job...

                [Applause]