Buried deep in a piece on the Sandy Hook Elementary School killer, Adam Lanza, New York Magazine reports that Adam Lanza's uncle said Lanza was prescribed Fanapt, an anti-psychotic medicine.
Business Insider reports on fanapt:
Fanapt was the subject of a Bloomberg report when it passed regulators, after previously getting the "nonapproval" stamp. Why wasn't it approved, you might ask?
There are many reasons, some of which have to do with competing entities in a competitive market.
The main cited reason for the rejection was that it caused severe heart problems in enough patients to cause a stir.
Maybe more importantly, though, Fanapt is one of a many drugs the FDA pumped out with an ability to exact the opposite desired effect on people: that is, you know, inducing rather than inhibiting psychosis and aggressive behavior.
In fact, Fanapt was dropped by its first producer, picked up by another, initially rejected by the FDA, then later picked up and mass produced. The adverse side-effect is said to be "infrequent," but still it exists, and can't be ignored.
The reaction invoked by the drug in some people is reminiscent of the Jeffrey R. MacDonald case, where a Green Beret slaughtered his entire family and then fabricated a story about a marauding troop of "hopped up hippies".
MacDonald though, had Eskatrol in his system, a weight-loss amphetamine that's since been banned in part for its side effects of psychotic behavior and aggression.
FANAPT® is a registered trademark of Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. and is used by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation under license.
FANAPT® is licensed by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation from Titan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Ann Fudge, a member of the Novartis board also serves on the board of directors of General Electric Co., and is a member of the board of directors of Unilever, UK/Netherlands and on the board of directors of Infosys, India. She is a trustee of the New York-based Rockefeller Foundation and the Atlanta-based Morehouse College, and is chairman of the US Programs Advisory Panel of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.Fudge is also a member of the Harvard University Corporation Committee on Finance. She also is on the board of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Daniel Vasella, M.D., is Chairman of the Board of Directors for Novartis AG. He served as Chief Executive Officer and executive member of the Board of Directors for 14 years
following the merger that created Novartis in 1996. Vasella was appointed Chairman in April 1999.
Vasella is also a member of the boards of directors of PepsiCo, Inc., and American Express Company. He is also a member of the International Board of Governors of the Peres Center for Peace in Israel, the International Business Leaders Advisory Council for the Mayor of Shanghai, and is a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
According to drugs.com:
Fanapt (iloperidone) is an antipsychotic medication. It works by changing the effects of chemicals in the brain.
Fanapt is used to treat schizophrenia.
Fanapt may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.Drugs.com also reports:
Psychiatric side effects including restlessness, aggression, and delusion have been reported frequently. Hostility, decreased libido, paranoia, anorgasmia, confusional state, mania, catatonia, mood swings, panic attack, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, delirium, polydipsia psychogenic, impulse-control disorder, and major depression have been reported infrequently.