I have to say I have been incensed watching a video of Dr Ian Hudson of the MHRA when he was defending (his employer at the time) GSK from allegations that Paxil/Seroxat caused a suicide in the US. Hudson did everything he could to defend Paxil/Seroxat but in many ways he slipped up. This video was recorded in 2000. At this time I would have been on Seroxat for two years, I had no idea that this trial was even happening, there was no access to the web, or information back then- people like me were left suffering in the dark. Some people didn’t make it through, the side effects were too much, and they killed themselves. Akathsia is one of the most crippling and disturbing side effects of any psychiatric drug. On Seroxat I had weeks, often months of regular bouts of akathisa, I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy- it was hell, beyond hell actually, it was utterly devastating. I can understand completely how Akathisia would drive some people to kill themselves, I don’t know how I endured it, maybe my youth had something to do with it- often youth protects us from extreme events because we can endure more- and Seroxat was torture, absolute torture.
At the time that Dr Ian Hudson was defending his employers in a Seroxat suicide trial in the US, and denying that Seroxat was even associated with Akathisia, I was probably climbing up the walls in my bedroom, rocking like a lunatic, crying and pulling on my scalp, feeling like every atom in my body was on fire, intensely suicidal, feeling like my skin was literally burning and crawling off my bones- but all the while completely unaware that I was experiencing akathisa from Seroxat.
I didn’t even know what akathsia was.
However, I’m sure that Ian Hudson knew what Akathisa was though..
Ian hudson is now the CEO of the MHRA (the Medicines Regulator in the UK). At the time of his video deposition in this Paxil/Seroxat suicide trial- he was the ‘World-wide safety director’ of GSK (the manufacturer of Seroxat).
Imagine that ‘wordwide safety director’ of one of the most controversial drugs of the past 20 years …
I wonder what Ian Hudson’s view is now of Seroxat?
Does he still think that there is no relationship between Seroxat and Suicide?
Does he still think that there is no evidence of a cause and effect relationship of Akathsia with Seroxat?
If so, then why does GSK warn now of these effects in their PILs?
According to the GSK PIL (screen grab below)- Seroxat can cause Akathsia in around 1 in 1000 people.
Seroxat was prescribed to millions of people since it was first licensed 25 years ago- in 1991. So how many people went on to kill themselves because of Akathsia from Paxil/Seroxat? How many people lost their health? How many people killed themselves in the agonizing withdrawals? Can Hudson give us the new stats on that?
He is, after all, now the chief at the medicines regulator, and although he once defended Seroxat for GSK in court, maybe his new role as a patient protector- as opposed to a drug company lackey- he would be able to re-define his views for us and warn the public about the dangers of Seroxat?
Personally I wouldn’t even trust GSK’s PILs, if they say it’s one in 1000, it’s probably one in 100 or worse… they are proven liars and deceivers, nothing can be trusted from them given their track record. They are totally sociopathic when it comes to harming consumers of their drugs and denying that harm when it is revealed. But even if we take 1 in 1000 as an average estimate, that’s a lot of Akathsia from Seroxat.
But according to Ian- Seroxat doesn’t cause Akathsia, so which is it Ian does Seroxat cause Akathisia or not? The PIL says it does, but you said it didn’t…
Maybe Ian would like to-fulfill his role- and protect others from anymore Seroxat horror?
And maybe Ian would now like to do the right thing and apologize to all the people who killed themselves or felt suicidal, or lost their livelihoods, their relationships, and years of their lives, to Seroxat side effects?…
Or maybe he just doesn’t give a damn…
Either way, the whole thing stinks to high heaven in my opinion..
Okay. Dr. Hudson, does Paxil have an 23 association with akathisia? 24 A. I've seen some case reports of 25 akathisia. I'm aware that there have been SPHERION DEPOSITION SERVICES (713) 650-3500 IAN R. B. HUDSON, M.R.C.P., M.D. 42 1 some cases of akathisia, so it is something 2 that we have received case reports about. 3 Q. Do you believe, as Worldwide Safety 4 Director of SmithKline Beecham, that Paxil 5 causes some patients to become akathisic? 6 A. I've seen no evidence to suggest a cause 7 and affect relationship between Paroxetine and 8 akathisia. I've seen some case reports, but 9 I've seen nothing that suggests a cause and 10 affect relationship