What Does GSK’s ‘Sir’ Andrew Witty Have To Say To Parents Of Teens Drugged by Seroxat (Paxil)?


“..I’m so angry about this.

Our son who is now 31 was prescribed Seroxat (Paroxetine) When he was in the 6 th form at school.

He could have ‘slipped through the net’
like some of the very tragic cases we read about in the newspapers..”

(A comment by a parent of a child prescribed Seroxat from Dr Malcolm Kendrick’s Blog)



In the maelstrom of articles published about the BMJ’s publication of a re-analysis of GSK’s notorious Seroxat study 329, there were some really interesting comments online.

A lot of them came from individuals who were prescribed Seroxat when they were teens, and they were horrified to realize that their lives were put at risk in the first place.

Other comments came from parents of teens, who were just as horrified that a drug company would behave in such an utterly evil manner.

What does Andrew Witty have to say to the parents of those kids who were prescribed Seroxat?

What does he have to say about these comments?

Can he re-assure us that Seroxat is safe for adults?

(of course he can’t- because Seroxat is not safe for anyone)

-taken from Dr Malcom Kendrick’s article on his blog-

For full article and comments :See here

anonymous October 7, 2015 at 10:57 pm

I was on paroxetine when I was 20. Didn’t help at all.
I’ve been told recently that this was the best “we could do then”. It’s as if they were trying to convince me that this drug only became bad now, because now everybody knows. I knew it was bad while I was taking it. Doctors knew it was bad, because they saw how their patients complained, but they chose to look the other way. Shame on them. There are not enough prisons in this world to punish these people, and anyone else who is complicated in this. The pain they have caused, and the physical damage they have caused is incalculable.

Mark Janson October 1, 2015 at 8:59 pm

This is at best fraud, cheating etc. But of course it’s far, far worse than that. Ultimately you’re playing with people’s lives. All of the people prescribed this drug have taken it unnecessarily. Some of those people have paid the ultimate price. I’d call that murder. I take full responsibility for that statement and I invite any lawyers who may work for GSK and who may happen to read this to sue me. I’m sure I can easily be tracked down by my IP address. Please, sue me. Please.

When you consider how for example, Dr Maryanne Demasi was, not so long ago hounded for the Catalyst TV production on statins and equally, how Dr Kendrick et al are accused of “killing people” with their anti-establishment advice, it makes you wonder, just where is the justice? Where is the fairness? Where, as Dr K wrote, is the outrage? It’s worse than 1984, far worse.

Jennie B October 1, 2015 at 9:23 pm

I’m so angry about this.

Our son who is now 31 was prescribed Seroxat (Paroxetine) When he was in the 6 th form at school.

He was suffering from school related anxiety, he also had some private councelling, as waiting for an NHS referral was going to take too long for our liking. My husband and I were very concerned for his mental health.
He appeared to improve over a period of time , but when he asked about coming off his medication. Our GP said ‘oh just take one every other day ) and it won’t take long before you are off it altogether’

How wrong could he have been. Our son started suffering acute anxiety again and was back on the usual dose before we knew it.
Fortunately our eldest son was just completing his training to be a Pharmacist and told us that the drug needs to be withdrawn very very slowly.

From what I remember I think he said Seroxat has a ‘short half life’ (or something like that,) feel free to correct me! and so leaves the system quickly making withdrawal symptoms acute, very quickly.

We worked out a way of reducing the medication by cutting the tablets up into halves/ quarters and started by just reducing the daily dose by a tiny fraction of a tablet over a period of months. I made a chart and we just reduced the dose every 2-3 weeks until he was on such a tiny dose that our Pharmacist son suggested asking for the medication to be prescribed in liquid form, to make sure the dose was more accurate.

What saddens us is that the GP didn’t seem to know the best way to reduce this very dangerous drug, and to be honest if our son hadn’t had such a supportive family and a bit more common sense, who knows what may have happened.

He could have ‘slipped through the net’
like some of the very tragic cases we read about in the newspapers.

I’m happy and proud to report that he went on to Uni as a mature student and got a 1st in Music. Then went on to do a Masters in Music Ed, and is now teaching Music, which is his passion.
Shame on these Drug Companies for recommending these drugs to young people .


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