“Don’t you think if these medicines caused suicide someone would have spoken up?” ~
Andrew Bayman, King & Spalding (GSK’s defence team) during closing arguments to the jury yesterday…. ”
Andrew Bayman (lawyer for King And Spalding’s -Paxil defense for GSK- in the Stewart Dolin ‘Paxil/Seroxat Induced Suicide trial’) uttered possibly the most absurd and ridiculous thing I have ever heard in relation to Paxil (and believe me- after ten years blogging I’ve heard it all).
“Don’t you think if these medicines caused suicide someone would have spoken up?”
I find this statement hilarious. There has been 4 BBC Panorama documentaries about Seroxat (Paxil) and numerous blogs, documentaries, etc over almost two decades now- all documenting the dangers of Paxil and SSRI’s. There are dozens of SSRI support groups online, and much media attention of their dangers over the years. I’ve been blogging for ten years about the dangers of Paxil and other SSRI drugs (there’s over 1000 blog posts on here).
Bob Fiddaman has been blogging just as long about the same issues. Seroxat Secrets blogged for the guts of several years also about the dangers of Paxil/Seroxat (and his recent post shows that he is still speaking out!).
People have been speaking out for almost two decades. Thousands of people, tens of thousands of people actually….
See Seroxat Secrets- Below- and here
Yes, I know it has been a while…
March 25, 2017 — admin
I’m just in the process of looking back at my time on Seroxat and my withdrawal from it. I can’t say what for at the moment, but watch this space….
Looking back at my blog I can remember how important it seemed at the time to use the internet to get the message out there that there were problems with Seroxat. Of course, over the past 11 years we have come to understand that there are problems with many SSRIs and other drugs. There are also problems with the way big Pharma goes about its business – from rigging drug trials to marketing unsafe drugs to the public.
I’m lucky, I have been able to move on in my life and I leave this blog on the internet to help anyone who is suffering the same way I did in the hope it may be able to help in some small way.
Back in 2005/2006 there was a only handful of us who were using the internet to warn of the problem of Seroxat. Happily now there are far more people and organisations that write about this subject and I hope it’s more widely known by the general pubic and medical professionals alike.
If you haven’t visited these sites, you should:
There’s a trial going on the US at the moment – the crux of the matter in Dolin Vs GSK is whether or not Paxil (Seroxat) caused Stewart Dolin to kill himself whilst under Paxil’s influence – and just what GSK did to hide the truth about the dangers of their drug.
The trial is being covered the mainstream media and by Bob Fiddaman on his blog, and below here are some links to the story so far.
I think that both Bob and I enjoy watching GSK squirm, but what’s important from a wider perspective is the way that a trial brings previously secret information into the public domain. Each trial that takes place opens the curtains a little wider.
I hope that the trial will bring closure for Stewart Dolin’s widow, Wendy. What GSK and their lawyers always forgets is that are real people and real tragedies at the sharp end of the unsafe drugs they choose to bring to market and make huge profits from.
There’s also an action nearing trial in the UK at the moment, and as I wrote previously: The publicity of a High Court hearing will mean the mainstream press will be free to report on ALL the evidence presented. Now… I’m thinking that this will mean a lot of GSK documents that have until now remained secret will become very public knowledge. You see a case like this, while common in the USA, is unheard of in the UK and the publicity it will generate will be huge. And all those once-secret documents and the information they hold will be available the world over for future claimants to use. I think a whole new raft of claims will be kick-started in the USA alone. I wonder what GSK’s share price will look like after all this? And how institutional investors will view a company that breaks the law and lies & cheats its way to profit?
In the 21st century, ethos & culture – the way a company actually operates and conducts its business – are as important to a PLC as having a blockbuster product to sell. Ethos & culture are intrinsic parts of a modern corporate brand, going way beyond the generic, meaningless mission statement that we see from GSK “…to help people do more, feel better, live longer”.
I’d like to finish on a personal note. Perhaps, after all these years, I’m getting nearer to closure. For me, that simply means people will believe what happened to me was real.
More importantly, I hope that Doctors will understand what happened to me was real – and perhaps then we can start to help others who are going through the horrors of withdrawing from Seroxat/Paxil today.
There was even a protest some 12 years ago. A Paxil survivor, and activist, Rob Robinson, was so enraged about Paxil that he flew a plane around GSK’s Philly HQ!…
See the pics below from the Paxil Protest (see the archive here)
Consumer drug advocates from across the United States, Canada and elsewhere are converging on drug giant GlaxoSmithKline’s US corporate headquarters located in Philadelphia, PA this September 26th through 28th in what could turn out to be a massive demonstration against the company’s top selling drug called Paxil. The event is called the “Paxil Protest.”
“Paxil is a dangerous and defective drug. That is absolutely the case,” said Rob Robinson, the event’s organizer. “The swath of devastation, misery and sometimes death which Paxil has unleashed the world over is simply staggering. Yet GlaxoSmithKline has done everything in its power to keep the sinister truth about Paxil from going public. What’s at stake for the company is a multibillion dollar revenue stream that sales of Paxil have generated for almost ten years.”
“GlaxoSmithKline has claimed since 1992,” Robinson said, “that Paxil is ‘safe and effective’ after it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration — end of story. But it’s the beginning of the story which GSK conveniently forgets, or rather doesn’t want the world to know about, and that is the fact that Paxil’s FDA approval was based on the company’s submission of fraudulent Phase III clinical trials. As such, GSK’s claim that Paxil is ‘safe and effective’ is specious at best.”
“The truth is Paxil represents the greatest fraud ever perpetuated within the pharmaceuticals industry,” Robinson said. “But thanks to the unsparing efforts of attorneys representing Paxil victims evidence of this fraud has been uncovered in GlaxoSmithKline’s confidential files. One trial and it all comes out. And that is going to be one huge news story — on the order of Merck’s Vioxx.”
A much anticipated Paxil trial set to take place May 2nd of this year was delayed for at least another six months. Robinson says he is not surprised: “GSK has spent hundreds of millions of dollars fighting to keep the truth about Paxil from coming out, but at the end of day I’m confident the company’s efforts will fail.”
Approximately 5,000 U.S. citizens have filed suit against GlaxoSmithKline asserting they became addicted to Paxil and then suffered withdrawals when quitting the drug as a consequence of the company failing to warn them of the drug’s dangers. Several thousand more persons have sued GlaxoSmithKline in the UK on the same basis. “Paxil’s reach extends into medicine cabinets the world over, and cuts across all social classes,” Robinson said. “Paxil is an equal opportunity destroyer.”
Some lawsuits filed against GlaxoSmithKline are on behalf of patients who started Paxil — only to discover they could not stop taking the drug, even with expert medical help. (One patient in Britain was told by her doctors that ‘heroin would have been easier to wean [herself] off and recover from.’)
“Paxil withdrawal symptoms can be so severe and protracted it requires an almost superhuman strength to endure them,” Robinson said. “Not surprisingly, some people cannot, and as a consequence commit suicide. Others victims have resumed use of Paxil to escape withdrawal symptoms, but will have to take the drug for the rest of their lives whether they want to or not. In other words, they’ve become lifetime Paxil addicts.”
Robinson stated that a review of the medical literature shows that, on average, over one-third of people taking Paxil for any extended period of time experience withdrawal symptoms, and of those, 21% experience severe withdrawal symptoms. In the clinical trials of Paxil, a significant percentage of patients (up to 50% according to some studies) experienced withdrawal.
“There is a huge disconnect between what GSK tells the public about Paxil, and what the truth about Paxil is. That disconnect extends to GlaxoSmithKline’s labeling of the drug throughout the world. GSK is a very big company with an even bigger problem of telling the truth,” Robinson said.
In an October 19, 2000 deposition taken of Dr. David Wheadon, Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Product Professional Services for GlaxoSmithKline, Dr. Wheadon stated “there have been a number of systematic studies in humans looking at the potential for Paxil for abuse, tolerance and physical dependence. So actually, there is data to date to negate the statement that it has not been systematically studied, because, in fact, it has been.” However, Paxil’s June, 2005 drug labeling states “Paxil has not been systematically studied in animals or humans for its potential for abuse, tolerance or physical dependence.”
At the time of Dr. Wheadon’s testimony Paxil’s U.S. drug label claimed: “Paxil is non-habit forming, may cause mild, usually temporary, side effects in some individuals” and further that Paxil “has been studied both in short-term and long-term use and is not associated with dependence or addiction.” “Those claims are now known to be utterly false,” said Robinson.
“No discerning member of the public, or the press, will believe that Dr. Wheadon was simply mistaken or ill-informed at the time of his year 2000 deposition,” Robinson said. He (Wheadon) knows as much about Paxil as anybody at Glaxo; all one has to do is peruse his sworn testimony to see that’s clearly the case.” (Access Dr. Wheadon’s complete testimony at the Paxil Protest web site.)
Dr. Wheadon’s association with Paxil spans two decades; he was part of the original GSK team which presented Paxil’s clinical trials during the FDA’s October 5th, 1992 hearing wherein the company first sought — and later gained — the agency’s approval for the drug.
A Paxil Protest web site, launched on August 8th, 2005, has already received over a quarter of a million ‘hits.’ “The response from the public has been one of exuberance. Which is hardly surprising given the fact that this represents the first time in history a multinational drug company has successfully been targeted using the Internet as a public relations weapon,” Robinson said. “The Internet is providing the public the matchless ability to organize and direct participants ‘on the ground’ and to further respond in real time to a highly fluid and dynamic public relations environment. It’s almost like having the equivalent of an AWACS radar plane circling over a public relations battlefield.”
The Paxil Protest web site, well organized and easy to navigate, lays out a compelling indictment not only of Paxil, but also of GlaxoSmithKline. “Virtually all of what you’ll see at the Paxil Protest web site was assembled from news stories, medical journals, depositions and the like. It was simply a matter of pulling all the facts together into one big package for the public,” Robinson said. “I challenge GlaxoSmithKline to dispute the accuracy and veracity of anything published to the web site.”
The Paxil Protest web site also includes important information for Paxil users who might wish to quit the drug. “What I did not want to have happen is to have Paxil users come to the site, panic, and then abruptly quit the drug. The consequences could be disastrous. That’s why an entire web page addresses the issue of how to get off Paxil safely, or as safely as possible.”
“I am confident the public as well as the media will discover information that is newsworthy and highly informative on virtually every page of the Paxil Protest web site” Robinson said. “Plenty of story angles to be had,” he added.
Robinson, a Paxil survivor himself, said it took several years of intermittent but intensive research to assemble the information presented at the Paxil Protest web site. “My goal was to make it as easy as possible for the public to get to the truth about Paxil — the sinister truth which GlaxosmithKline hides from the world.” He describes the Paxil Protest web site as ‘the definitive Paxil Information Clearinghouse.’
As many as 1,000 or more protesters might attend the Paxil Protest. “We simply have no way of forecasting how many people might show up; after all, the call to action is going out the world over,” Robinson said.
Victims and survivors of other SSRI drugs such as Prozac, Effexor and Zoloft are also expected to attend in a show of community support.