DR. RUDORFER: Thank you, sir.
Could we have speaker 27, please.
MS. SLATER: Informed parental consent is
only possible as long as full disclosure is made by
the pharmaceutical companies, the FDA, and the
How can you imagine I feel as Dominique's
mother knowing now that I was slowly poisoning my
daughter every day as I was dispensing her
antidepressant medication including Celexa and
which she made her first suicide attempt after
being on it for almost one month, and effects of
the last medication she was on when she did commit
Yes, Dominique's mind and behavior were
slowly being altered to the point that she became
very agitated, irrational, ultimately suicidal,
because none of the so-called medical professionals
acknowledged the drug's role in her irrational and
suicidal behavior or properly withdrew her from
their suicidal effects.
Our lovely 14-year-old daughter is dead.
Dominique has been denied the unalienable right by
her creator of the pursuit of life, liberty, and
happiness. She will no longer be able to pursue
her dreams of becoming either a computer software
engineer, computer graphics engineer, or marine
biologist, and someday an entrepreneur, she had
Gone, too, is the ability to be able to
watch Dominique blossom into womanhood, as well as
motherhood, as she expressed the desire to someday
have five kids. Now, we will never have the
opportunity to continue sharing our lives with
Dominique, whom we loved and cherished so much.
She was not only very intelligent,
humorous, delightful, insightful, and innovative,
she was also very caring and thoughtful. Dominique
had a way of making others feel special and loved.
She touched so many lives. For example, Dominique
made 1,000 paper origami cranes and sent them to
Governor George Pataki of New York for the first
anniversary of 9/11.
It was because of Dominique's very loving
and genuine nature that around 300 people showed up
to her memorial service. They couldn't believe
that for someone who was so loving and caring, she
would herself take her own life.
I submit to you today, ladies and
gentlemen, that Dominique's life was taken from her
as a result of drug-induced psychosis and suicidal
ideations, not to mention the probability of
experiencing akathisia, extreme agitation. As a
14-year-old adolescent, her brain was experiencing
the second largest growth period, and her hormones
How can teenagers be allowed to be given
antidepressants that were never approved for
adolescent consumption, only for adults? How come
the medical profession doesn't fully disclose the
possible harmful and fatal effects of medication as
well as watch carefully for diverse effects on its
DR. RUDORFER: I am sorry that we are out
of time, but thank you very much.