https://truthman30.wordpress.com/2016/05/03/gsk-ceo-andrew-witty-says-occassionally-we-make-mistakes/“…Things go wrong. We have inevitably of course, we go through all the processes with the regulators to get a drug to be as safe and effective as it can possibly be. But the reality is, every time a human takes a drug, it’s like a clinical trial. You don’t really know what’s going to happen. Everybody can react a different way…”
A doctor friend of mine sent me a very interesting document, called ‘Understanding Depression’- INFORM- (published by SmithKlineBeecham) from the late 90’s. SmithKlineBeecham merged to form GlaxoSmithKline in 2000. This is the kind of leaflet which GSK published in order to encourage doctors to prescribe SSRI anti-depressants to their depressed patients.
Basically this document is an SSRI marketing advertisement disguised as a harmless ‘depression awareness’ campaign. Pharmaceutical companies have been using tactics like this for years, they even infiltrate and influence depression help groups such as Aware In Ireland and Depression Alliance in the UK. They do this by means of donations to these groups, sponsoring ‘awards’, and ‘lending a hand’ in creating leaflets about depression etc. Of course there is always the obligatory section on treatments with meds in these leaflets- because it’s in a pharmaceutical company’s interest to get as many depressed patients on meds as possible (they pretend that there are other options such as therapy, light boxes etc, but in reality people were – and still are- prescribed SSRI’s as first line treatments for depression, by GP’s).
In the case of Seroxat, GSK failed to warn people that they could become hooked. I guess Seroxat dependence meant that GSK often had customers for years, despite the reality that most people would have liked to come off Seroxat (because of horrific side effects like akathisia, self harm personality changes etc)- they often found it impossible to quit.
In the late 90’s companies like GSK were aggressively marketing their drugs (such as Seroxat) to consumers, and oftentimes their methods were dubious to downright fraudulent. The SmithKlineBeecham INFORM campaign is one of the most cynical and deceptive of these types of campaigns (whose sole purpose was to sell more meds to an unsuspecting public). Glaxo don’t (and never did) give a fiddlers about depressed people, we were sitting ducks for them, and the Seroxat suicides were road kill on the highway to GSK’s profit driven agenda. It’s a shame that CEO Andrew Witty didn’t think of telling those who were prescribed Seroxat over the years- what he said to Evan Davis of the BBC-in the quote here-
“..But the reality is, every time a human takes a drug, it’s like a clinical trial. You don’t really know what’s going to happen. Everybody can react a different way…”
(AW- BBC- 2015)
Anyone who took Seroxat was effectively a human guinea pig, the Seroxat clincal trials were shoddy and dodgy, and there is no way that this drug should ever have been passed as safe and effective.
It simply should not be licensed. It’s dangerous and causes immense harm. GSK wanted their own billion dollar blockbuster Prozac-type drug and they were hell bent on making Paroxetine (Paxil/Seroxat/Aropax) that drug. Whether it caused suicide, self harm, birth defects, or severe withdrawal, was not part of the business model- but getting it down as many people’s necks and into as many people’s bodies as possible was…
This leaflet is so utterly full of misinformation about depression, SSRI’s and SSRI side effects, that I don’t know where to start …
Take a look and judge for yourself..