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Father Sues Harvard College In Son’s Death

Bloomberg reports a father of a Harvard College student has sued the college and fellows over his son’s suicide in 2007. Harvard College is the undergraduate school of Harvard University.

The wrongful death lawsuit brought on behalf of the student’s estate claims Harvard’s health service prescribed drugs known to increase suicide risk and other side effects.

At the time of his death, the student was taking Accutane for cystic acne, Adderall for attention deficit hyperactive disorder (diagnosed by the school nurse) and Prozac for an anxiety disorder (also diagnosed by the nurse) and Wellbutrin, which also contains warnings about suicide for patients under age 25. The nurse allegedly signed the prescriptions for the drugs as a doctor.

Roche Laboratories stated in June it would pull Accutane off the U.S. market because of the reports of depression and suicide in patients. A 2004 FDA report suggested antidepressants such as Prozac and Wellbutrin might double the suicidal thoughts and actions in children and teens.

The student was valedictorian of his high school class.

The New York Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP have vast experience dealing with wrongful death cases. If you feel that you or a loved one has suffered due to wrongful death, call our firm at 800-825-5529 or visit our Web site. There is no case-review cost.

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