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Seroxat: An Ex-Users Story


http://www.drugawareness.org/seroxat-ex-user-story/

 

 

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Seroxat Ex-user Story

“I simply cannot believe that so many people can be struggling to stay alive as a result of this drug without GSK knowing (and possibly suppressing) the results of their trials…”

 

First of all I would like to say a big thank you to the people reading this email and I hope that the information below will be of some benefit to others.

I used to live in South Africa and during a very intense period of crime (1995-1996) I was involved in 2 separate shooting incidents that I was lucky to survive, the second one occurring whilst I was the responsible adult for two of my nephews. Luckily we were not hurt. However the experience so scared me that I decided to leave South Africa and return to England, where I was born (I am now 32 years old).

I arrived in October 1996, and managed to find a job on the outskirts of London beginning 1997. I worked very well for about 6-7 months, when I noticed that I was finding it increasingly difficult to sleep, I (erringly) put this down to my age. All was relatively well until Christmas 1997, the morning after Christmas Day saw me standing outside in the snow in only my underwear burning up and unable to breathe – my first panic attack. My brother, sister-in-law and my mother not knowing what to do called the ambulance service and there I was in hospital for the first time since I was born. My brother drove me back to my flat after I had recovered and I was ok for a few days and then one morning in the shower – boom – panic attack number two. This time I knew what was happening to me so managed to keep it under control (just). Two weeks later I had another one, this one left me so dizzy that I fell down a flight of steps at a train station, not too serious luckily for me.

I decided that since I had no idea what was going on, and having NEVER ever had an illness in my life other than measles as a child and chickenpox in my early 20’s, I decided to go to a professional i.e. a doctor. This doctor, a delightful, heavily-pregnant lady listened to my story and said “it sounds like an acute anxiety disorder” and told me to register with a doctor near where I lived (I have never, ever needed a doctor in my life, except for sports injuries, cuts from falling off bikes etc.) so I duly did as I was told. I was aware that life for me was holding less and less interest, I had split with my girlfriend, the job was good, but overall things were down and I was becoming more and more easily jumpy at noises. The doctor I ended up visiting spent some time with me and recommended 40mg Seroxat per day (in the USA I am given it’s trade name is Paxil).

The horror, the horror. 2-3 days after starting, stomach problems i.e. involuntary bowel evacuation which I had put down to acute anxiety/PTSD as I was told I had, electric shocks in the head especially when moving the head from side to side or the eyes, still no sleep, breathing more difficult than before (I used to regularly run medium distance competitive runs for which I still have the medals), and so many other little things that made me into a different person, most notably violent tendencies. I got into 4 fights during that time, the fourth one was not so good because I challenged 2 guys and ended up in casualty wing of hospital with a broken nose, much to the horror of my mother who I was visiting at the time, which led to her and I not talking now for close on 4 years.

I finished my holiday and went back to work and found that I was completely unable to function properly. My employer, who was one of the most understanding people I ever had the honour and opportunity to work with, eventually made it clear that if I didn’t jump, I would be pushed. As I believe that dead wood should be cut away I readily agreed to this, even though I had nowhere to go to next. I didn’t really care however, all I was waiting for was to die. Never had I heard of anything like this before.

So I spent the next few months living off my savings and a loan from my bank, and decided that this Seroxat was probably the cause of the mushy head I had but was not sure. I had to work as I was looking after my brother and his family but in order to do that I HAD to work, so I kept on with the drug and looked for work. I had been prescribed some form of beta blocker over and above the Seroxat because the Seroxat seemed to have no real beneficial effect on me, immediately I started with them as well I felt much better simply because respiration and pulse slowed down so much I didn’t feel like I was always on the verge of another panic attack. So, I stopped taking the Seroxat immediately.

 

OOOPPSSS! what a nightmare! Nowhere in the literature supplied in the packaging of the drug, nor in any conversation with my doctor of the day, was there any indication of the physical pain and mental anguish that followed. I lost the plot completely, never felt anything like it. Constant electric shocks in the head and hands, wanting to die, it was awful. I started drinking to try and alleviate the pain and allow myself to sleep, bad idea I know, but the last thing I wanted to do was to take some other form of terrible chemical into my system. I stopped the beta blockers as I eventually ran out of money, at that stage I really didn’t care much about anything, most especially myself.

I went to stay with the brother, who had stayed with me, for a month or two, his exact words were “Come and stay with me and the family until you are through this” which I thought was fair given he had stayed with me for so long, however within a month his tune had changed “You have to get a job now or you cant stay” were I think his exact words, not what you want to hear when you are going through what I was, but dutifully I found a contract nearby and went back to work for 3 months. It was so difficult, it was a simple job compared to what I was doing, yet I found it so hard to do, and still the electric shocks in the brain. I still couldn’t get back into the things I enjoyed doing, all I could do was get up in the morning, go to work, leave work, go to a bar and have a couple drinks until the zinging sensation in my head was sufficiently dulled for me to try to relax, then go back to my brother’s house. My two nephews there simply could not understand why Uncle Mikey didn’t want to play any more (we always took time to do things together, bike riding etc.)

After 6 months of this I found some more simplistic part time contract work, less hours but better money per hour and I was feeling a lot better about myself and of course the serotonin levels were going up naturally, but still the zaps in the head, not constantly now but whenever there was a sudden noise near me or someone surprised me in some way (even a fork falling on a plate) but I still thought that this was probably something to do with PTSD and my disillusionment with doctors in general (unfair that it is) meant that I never went to get a second opinion.

This fluctuating state of affairs has been the norm ever since, I have been more and more into debt as I am unable now to work to the hours most people expect, yet costs are not going down so debt levels grow. Thus, we come to Monday of this week, and I see the news in England that Seroxat is now not to be given to under 18’s – I follow the link to the Seroxat Users Group website and lo! – there are hundreds of people, and a petition signed by thousands, all feeling the same symptoms, either while withdrawing from the drug or like me, up to 5 years later (I am the worst I have identified so far but believe me I am still researching) – The horror the horror! What has this drug done to us? It did nothing to me but ruin my personal life, leave me in no position to work so in serious debt.

I was so relieved to find the website I was in tears (another new trait of mine since Seroxat) and I have been actively involved with the website and others ever since.

IT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT that people around the world are made aware of the side effects and withdrawal effects of Seroxat(Paxil) as experienced and independently reported by so many of us. I am deeply afraid that I have been permanently affected by using this drug, if I had any idea that what has happened to me could have happened I would have stayed in South Africa and taken my chances with a quick round to the head rather than the (feared permanent) affects I am now suffering with. I am also wishing to pursue a lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline, I simply cannot believe that so many people can be struggling to stay alive as a result of this drug without GSK knowing (and possibly suppressing) the results of their trials, surely the trials must have shown a strangely disproportionate amount of symptoms against their placebo tests, surely?

I wish anyone who reads this story the best of luck if they are on Seroxat/Paxil, if anyone has been advised to use it I would say “NO! find an alternative treatment” without hesitation, and if anyone can tell me the name of a lawyer in England that can help me try to recoup some of the tremendous financial losses of using Seroxat, I would be deeply and eternally grateful to that person.

I am so glad it was not me, everyone told me it was, very hurtful when it comes from your own family members, I feel so vindicated as a result of this week, let’s all work together to ensure that no more harm is done and reparation is made by GSK.

Yours Faithfully,
(more healed in the last 5 days than ever with Seroxat or the 5 years that followed)

Mike Rushworth
mikeyrush@hotmail.com
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Cork Murder Suicide Brother Was On ‘Medication’ For His Mental Health


Was it an SSRI? What dose? How long was this unfortunate young man prescribed drugs for his mental health problems? Was he monitored for emerging aggression, self harm, akathisia, suicidal thoughts, and homicidal side effects? (all well established side effects of SSRI drugs).

This tragedy has all the hallmarks of an SSRI (Psych Medication) Induced Murder-Suicide.

Somebody failed this family, and it seems that it was Irish psychiatric services.

These websites have thousands of documented similar cases of violence, murder and suicide from SSRI meds. 

These are very real side effects, which I have personally experienced. Mainstream psychiatry will not warn people about these effects because they protect the drugs, and they defend the drug companies who they are in cahoots with

Check out thousands of similar psych med horror stories here:

http://antidepaware.co.uk/

 

http://www.ssristories.org/

 

 http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/charleville-tragedy-family-and-friends-gather-for-removal-of-twins-9-and-older-brother-30567432.html

The parents had arranged for Jonathan (22), their eldest child, to pick up the twins from Banogue National School in nearby Croom. The twins had just gone into third class.

Jonathan, a troubled youth on medication for his mental health, didn’t have a job and was about to start a FAS course. So he was free to ferry the children around.

As the O’Driscolls prepared to return home from their shopping trip, Jonathan collected the children from school at around 3.15pm. The two younger children, aged three and five, were with him.

But in his teenage years, he seemed troubled and withdrawn. He didn’t have a job and lived in his own “apartment” in the family home. According to one source, in recent months, various life events seemed to combine to push him over the edge.

He had split up with his girlfriend. He was “on a lot of medication” and he had various health issues.

– See more at: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/charleville-tragedy-family-and-friends-gather-for-removal-of-twins-9-and-older-brother-30567432.html#sthash.xUHJsLtY.dpuf

 

Ian Hudson , GSK , and The Inherent Corruption In The MHRA… Bob Fiddaman Investigates…


Friday, September 05, 2014

MHRA CEO, Paxil and Suicide

 
 

Much has been said about the conflict of interest between the British drug regulator, (MHRA), and GlaxoSmithKline. It’s obvious to those who know the history of GSK and the MHRA that there is a huge conflict of interest that just cannot be ignored and while such a conflict exists patients will not be safeguarded from the likes of Paxil, a drug marketed and manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline.

I’ve met with the MHRA are a number of occasions, at one stage I offered to help them with their out of date and deeply flawed yellow card reporting system, a system where adverse events are collected and…well, basically nothing is ever done.

Communications between me and their then CEO, Kent Woods, broke down due to his refusal to acknowledge that Paxil, known as Seroxat in the UK, should be classed as a teratogen. A teratogen is an agent or factor that causes malformation of an embryo.

Much of my communication with the MHRA is in my book, ‘The evidence however, is clear, the Seroxat scandal‘ [1]

In 2013 Kent Woods retired and the MHRA appointed Dr Ian Hudson (pic above) as their new CEO.

Hudson, who after leaving Glaxo in 2001, became the MHRA’s Licensing Director, responsible for overseeing the benefits and risks of drugs before they hit the market.

Yup, the man in charge of the agency who have the job of keeping tabs on the drugs you and I take is a former employee of GSK – then known as SmithKline Beecham.

Hudson, whilst working for GSK, was a witness for the defence [GSK] during the Tobin v SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals. In 1998 Donald Schell was put on Paxil [Seroxat]. Forty-eight hours later he put three bullets from two different guns through his wife’s head, as well as through his daughter’s head then through his granddaughter’s head before shooting himself through the head.

Hudson’s deposition has been online for sometime in text form, a copy of it can be viewedhere.

Sadly, it’s been difficult trying to obtain the actual video footage of Hudson being depoed by US attorneys representing Tobin.

We do, however, have a small segment of his video deposition.

In 2002 Investigative journalist Shelley Jofre launched her first installment into the whole Paxil debacle. BBC Panorama’s ‘The Secrets of Seroxat’ was aired and it prompted over 67,000 calls and emails from concerned consumers.

During the documentary Shelley touched on the case of  Donald Schell. The footage in the documentary revealed part of Dr Ian Hudson’s video deposition. Remember, at the time, Hudson was a GSK employee.

Watch…. (Hudson was depoed in 2000)

**If the video starts with Andy Vickery talking then click the bar to end of video then press play**

 
 
In 2008 the MHRA concluded a four year investigation of GlaxoSmithKline, the crux of which was to find out whether GlaxoSmithKline withheld paediatric safety data pertaining to suicide related to its antidepressant Seroxat. They decided not proceed to criminal prosecution. It’s unknown if they interviewed their own Dr Ian Hudson during their four year investigation. [2]
 
As I said, Dr Ian Hudson is now the Chief Executive of the MHRA, the agency that purportedly protects British consumers of prescription drugs.
 
I don’t know about you but this doesn’t really fill me with a sense that I am being protected from dangerous drugs. Does it you?
 
 
All four Paxil videos will soon be available in their entirety on Rxisk
 
 
Bob Fiddaman
 
 
[1] ‘The evidence however, is clear, the Seroxat scandal’ [US] [UK]
[2] GSK investigation concludes [Link]

I don’t trust GSK and their ‘fast-tracked’ Ebola vaccine … do you?


When I first heard that GSK were fast tracking a potential Ebola vaccine through to human trials I immediately thought of what I know about GSK and what the general public doesn’t. I was prescribed their notorious drug Seroxat and I know that GSK likely knew that it was a dangerous, sub-standard product and hoodwinked the regulators about its efficacy and effectiveness (or both). I know people died because of GSK’s unethical behavior.  I know Seroxat is a harmful drug; the proof is not just my opinion, the truth is self evident by the sheer volume of negative information online about it such as the court cases GSK settled in the US, and the various documents, blogs, videos and documentaries on the net. Moreover, I know from the stories of users experiences. GSK have a history of lying, deceiving and harming consumers of their products. They have a reputation for corruption, fraud, unethical behavior, immorality and criminality. Fast tracking any GSK products to be used on human subjects really unsettles me…

This is a company, after all, who paid the biggest healthcare fine in US History (3 Billion).

Most of the charges involved harm to patients, illegal promotion of shoddy drugs and unscrupulous behavior..

If it was me – I’d take my chances with Ebola…

 


http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/28/gsk-to-testing-ebola-vaccine-humans

GSK to start production of Ebola vaccine as tests on humans begin

Clinical safety trials begin in US next week, after approval from the FDA; volunteer testing in UK and Africa from September

Protective equipment used by health workers in the Ebola isolation ward

Protective equipment used by health workers in the Ebola isolation ward at a hospital in Sierra Leone. Photograph: Michael Duff/AP

GlaxoSmithKline’s experimental Ebola vaccine could be tested on humans in the UK, US, the Gambia and Mali in the next few weeks, in a race to contain the deadly virus that has claimed more than 1,500 lives in west Africa.

The news came as the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned that the Ebola epidemic could eventually exceed 20,000 cases. Bruce Aylward, WHO’s assistant director-general for emergency operations, said: “This far outstrips any historic Ebola outbreak in numbers. The largest outbreak in the past was about 400 cases.”

Human trials of GSK’s experimental vaccine – which Britain’s largest pharmaceuticals company is developing with the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) – are to be fast-tracked, with funding from an international consortium. Vaccines normally take 10 years to develop, but GSK said it hopes to finish the first phase of trials by the end of 2014. It will start making up to 10,000 doses of the vaccine at the same time as the initial clinical trials, so that – if they prove successful – stocks could be made available immediately to the WHO to vaccinate people in high-risk communities.

 

The Ebola outbreak has killed 1,552 people in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria out of 3,069 cases, according to the WHO’s latest figures. It has declared the epidemic an international health emergency and published an action plan on Thursday to contain the disease within six to nine months.

If regulatory approvals are granted, the UK research teams could start vaccinating healthy volunteers from mid-September. In the US, the NIH could start phase 1 trials – the first test on humans to assess safety and efficacy – at its clinical centre in Bethesda, Maryland, as soon as next week after receiving the green light from the US health regulator, the Food and Drug Administration. The vaccine has already shown promising results in primates exposed to Ebola, without significant adverse effects.

A £2.8m grant from the Wellcome Trust, the Medical Research Counciland the Department for International Development will fund safety tests by a team led by Prof Adrian Hill, director of the Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford. If successful, the trial will be extended to volunteers at the MRC unit in the Gambia, and to Bamako, Mali.

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has begun discussions with ministry of health officials in Nigeria about conducting a phase 1 safety study of the vaccine among healthy adults.

The Oxford study will involve 60 healthy volunteers, while those in the Gambia and Mali will each involve 40. Each set of volunteers will be split into groups of 20 who will receive different doses of the vaccine, which is based on a type of chimpanzee cold virus and does not contain infectious Ebola virus material. Two Ebola genes have been inserted into the vaccine, and express a single Ebola virus protein to generate an immune response.

Hill said: “The tragic events unfolding in Africa demand an urgent response. In recent years, similar investigational vaccines have safely immunised infants and adults against a range of diseases including malaria, HIV and Hepatitis C. We, and all our partners on this project, are optimistic that this candidate vaccine may prove useful against Ebola.”

The experimental vaccine is against the Zaire species of Ebola, which is the one circulating in west Africa and for which there is no cure. The vaccine was designed by Nancy J Sullivan, the head of the biodefence research section in NIAID’s Vaccine Research Centre (part of NIH), in collaboration with researchers at the Swiss-Italian biotech firm Okairos, acquired by GSK last May for €250m (£150m).

NIAID is also supporting work on other early-stage Ebola vaccines, including one from Johnson & Johnson’s Crucell division that is expected to enter early clinical studies around the turn of the year.

NewLink Genetics, based in Iowa, is also working on an Ebola vaccine and has just struck a deal with another firm to manufacture the product and increase its supply, before starting preclinical trials.

Experimental Ebola treatments include ZMapp, made by San Diego-based Mapp Biopharmaceutical. The drug has been given to Will Pooley, the British nurse who contracted the virus in Sierra Leone and has been flown back to London.

SSRI’s Increase Brain Bleeds…


I always wondered why I had such an awful amount of recurring nose bleeds whilst I was on Seroxat!

Perhaps this is why?… 

(for the record- the nose bleeds stopped when I stopped Seroxat- Seroxat must have caused them and also there was a lot of blood in my stool whilst on Seroxat too- and this has already been exposed as Seroxat related stomach bleeds!)

Seroxat- a fun drug ? Don’t ya think?…

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/17/us-antidepressants-idUSBRE89G1PB20121017

Antidepressants linked to risk of brain bleeds

The antidepressants are known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), and include widely used drugs like fluoxetine (Prozac), sertraline (Zoloft), citalopram (Celexa) and paroxetine (Paxil).

SSRIs have been linked to a risk of stomach bleeding. But studies have come to conflicting findings on whether SSRI users have any higher risk of hemorrhagic strokes, which happen when there is bleeding in or around the brain.

Overall, antidepressant users were about 40 to 50 percent more likely to suffer bleeding in or around the brain, the researchers report in the journal Neurology.

What Will Become Of The SSRI Baby Generation?…


Avoid anti-depressants during pregnancy

“We are witnessing a large-scale human experiment. Never before have we chemically altered human foetal development on such a large scale.”

Researchers focused on the complications linked to a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which include Prozac and Seroxat.

The widely prescribed pills have been found drastically to raise the odds of miscarriages, premature birth, autism and life-threatening high blood pressure, they said.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-10-26/health/34749008_1_depressants-selective-serotonin-reuptake-inhibitors-ssris

SSRIs treat depression by boosting the level of the ‘happy hormone’ serotonin in the brain. But the researchers believe that serotonin is also getting into the womb and harming the development of the foetus’s brain, lungs, heart and digestive system.

“I am absolutely concerned – very concerned,” Dr Adam Urato, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at Tufts University School of Medicine, in Boston, said.

“We are witnessing a large-scale human experiment. Never before have we chemically altered human foetal development on such a large scale.”

”And my concern is why I am trying to get the word out to patients, health care providers, and the public.”

The study will be published in the journal Human Reproduction.

 

Promises Promises… GlaxoSmithKline and Andrew Witty…


A couple of days ago I drew attention to some comments on the Guardian article about GSK’s promise of increased transparency in its business model. I am certainly not the only one who is cynical about GSK and its company Chief Executive, Andrew Witty. GSK have operated like a criminal cartel, people have died because of their  illegal and unethical corporate behavior. It would be foolish to believe anything coming from their direction, now or in the future. 

From the ‘Seroxat Sufferers’ Blog, Bob Fiddaman Writes : 

http://fiddaman.blogspot.ie/2012/10/15-good-reasons-not-to-trust-andrew.html

15 Good Reasons Not to Trust Andrew Witty and GSK

GSK Head, Andrew Witty and his recent announcement about transparency could possibly be believed if one were inclined to be gullable. See here, Glaxo’s Murky Transparency Claim

He blamed the recent $3 billion guilty plea for off-label promotion of GSK drugs that not only harmed but killed people on an era. See here, GlaxoSmithKline: The Andrew Witty “Era”

Do we, as consumers, really think Andrew Witty is being sincere with his latest offering? He, as recent as last year, refused to meet with Janice Simmons, founder of the Seroxat User Group, to discuss the 15,000 emails she has amassed from patients who are struggling to withdraw from his company’s antidepressant, Seroxat. See here, **Exclusive – GSK’s Andrew Witty in Patient Aftercare Snub

Witty’s backroom staff and predecessor’s have also made promises and outrageous statements in the past.

Glaxo, and indeed other pharmaceutical companies, are always telling doctor’s and patients about the benefit vs risk of taking their antidepressant medications.Like Witty, I’m coming up with my own benefit vs risk ratio. Can he, or indeed his company, GSK, be trusted to deliver the goods this time around?History would suggest otherwise.

And from the ‘Seroxat Secrets’ Blog: 

http://seroxatsecrets.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/should-we-trust-glaxosmithkline-and-andrew-witty/

Trust GlaxoSmithKline?

Trust GSK? – you must be mad.

Sarah Boseley in The Guardian writes:

“The British drugs company GlaxoSmithKline is to open up the detailed data from its clinical trials to the scrutiny of scientists in a bid to help the discovery of new medicines and end the suspicions of critics that it has secrets to hide.

In a speech today [11 Oct] to the Wellcome Trust in London, the chief executive, Andrew Witty, will say openness to the public and active collaboration with scientists and firms outside GSK are essential to finding new drugs to treat the diseases plaguing the world, from novel antibiotics to cures for malaria and tuberculosis.

He told the Guardian GSK had already done much to advance transparency in clinical research, including publishing a summary of every drug trial – whether a success or not – on its website

Said Sir Mark Walport, director of the Wellcome Trust – “In its commitment towards more openness and collaboration, GSK is setting an example of how the pharmaceutical industry must adapt to help drive forward medical advances. Real breakthroughs do not come out of nowhere, but are borne of scientists sharing their knowledge and learning from each other. GSK’s moves are bold and innovative, a very positive sign of its commitment to tackle some of the greatest health challenges facing the world today.”

But hold on a minute – Dr Ben Goldacre’s not sure about GSK :

“But we should judge drug companies by their actions, not by their promises, especially when similar promises have been made in the past, and then broken.

In 1998 GlaxoWellcome promised to set up a clinical trials register, amidst outcry over withheld trial results. But when the company merged with SKB to create GSK, in 2002, this register was unceremonially deleted from the internet. This tragic story is described in aexcellent open access article on this history of attempts to get access to hidden data, by Iain Chalmers.

Then, in 2003, GSK were caught withholding clinical trial data showing that their drug seroxat increases the risk of suicide in young people. As part of the settlement on fraud charges, in the US in 2004, GSK were forced to promise to post all trial results on a public website. But in 2012 GSK paid a new $3bn fine for criminal and civil fraud: this included charges over withholding data on the diabetes drug Avandia, as late as 2007, well after this earlier promise of transparency was made”.

That’s a pretty poor record, I’m sure you’ll agree.

As far as GSK is concerned, talk is cheap and promises are routinely broken with no compunction whatsoever.

 

Glaxo Chief , Andrew Witty, Announces New Move Towards More Transparency…


Although on the surface it seems that GSK is attempting to move towards closer transparency in the way it does business , personally I think the following comments, left on the Guardian website, sums up just why so many people would be so unreservedly cynical, suspicious and skeptical about any PR move on the part of GSK…

Fool me once, etc etc…

“Witty accepted there could be attempts at fishing trips by anti-vaccination groups or critics of GSK drugs such as the antidepressant Seroxat, which was linked a decade ago to increased suicidal feelings in the young, amid accusations that the company had known and hidden the data years earlier.”

“That GSK had known about and hidden the data is not so much an “accusation” as the conclusion of a four-year investigation by the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority. They escaped prosecution through a legal loophole

This all sounds very positive, but isn’t the bottom line here that GSK ultimately retain the power to choose what they share and what they don’t – and given the history its hard to be optimistic about how they will choose to do that.”

“Witty accepted there could be attempts at fishing trips by anti-vaccination groups or critics of GSK drugs such as the antidepressant Seroxat, which was linked a decade ago to increased suicidal feelings in the young, amid accusations that the company had known and hidden the data years earlier.

So GSK pledges to be more transparent (again), but before it does so, tries to put down any possible ‘critics of GSK’ by comparing them to anti-vaxxers? Well done Witty. I guess the FDA, MHRA and EMA are among those critics then, as all three regulators issued warnings against Seroxat in 2003/2004 – which still stand today.

And yes, the 3 trials GSK did on Seroxat are published as summaries on their website, but a summary doesn’t tell you much of the what you actually want to know. Also, the only study on paroxetine in children they did manage to publish in a peer-reviewed journal was the main reason they lost $3 billion earlier this year: it seriously downplays any adverse effects (of the 11 children in the trial experiencing serious adverse events on Seroxat, GSK only attributed 1 of those to the drug, for reasons it doesn’t explain), it changed it’s primary outcome as the original one didn’t reach statistical significance, and the article has been ghostwritten by the medical contractor Scientific Therapeutics. The US Justice department have a nice summary of how this study, which still happens to be out there in the scientific literature (PubMed link – note the many comments by worried academics), distorted the evidence: Department of Justice GSK documents (The ‘US complaint’ under Court Documents offers a nice summary, but other all other documents are very interesting as well).”

Agreed, and it’s not just suicidal thoughts in the young. My partners life has been made incredibly difficult by his use of Seroxat, he is now addicted and trying everything he can to come off, despite horrific withdrawl symptoms. I wish more people were aware of what GSK has put vulnerable people through.

Who in their right mind would entrust their health to corporate psychopaths? Get real people!!

LOL, anyone who tries to convince me that the pharma disease industry have seen the light are off their rocker. No doubt the usual factory load of smoke and mirrors and sleight of hand PR dark arts will be at GSK’s disposal to convince us all they are all of a sudden holier than thou. Sorry, I just ain’t buying it when they have the power to skew said clinical trials to suit their own preferred outcomes, just as they bribe doctors to push their preferred treatments, pay off academics to write puff theses lauding their synthetic toxins, and so on and so on. And certainly not while they have thousands of money-grubing shareholders to appease.

‘GSK had already done much to advance transparency in clinical research, including publishing a summary of every drug trial – whether a success or not – on its website.’

This may be true – but neglects to mention that the summary write-ups for many of these studies do not allow researchers to scrutinize the methodology used, do not properly attribute studies (many of which are written by commercial ghost-writers), and in many cases are just downright misleading. Systematic reviews have shown a significant number of industry-funded summaries do not really reflect the underlying data.

‘ Even things we do all the time we’re criticised for not doing,” he said. “People say we only publish positive trials. No, we publish everything.’

GSK has been found to have withheld vital trial data detailing serious side effects of some of its products, and quite recently at that. Mr. Witty may insist this is now in the past, and it may even be true, but there is little reason to take the word of a company with such a record of dishonesty at face value.

He told the Guardian GSK had already done much to advance transparency in clinical research, including publishing a summary of every drug trial – whether a success or not – on its website.

According to Ben Goldacre’s piece published recently in this paper, this was a legal requirement forced upon the company as a result of a recent US lawsuit. If Ben’s account is accurate (and I have no reason to believe it is not), then for GSK now to be crowing about being champions of transparency is a bit rich.

Before Whitty there was Garnier at GlaxoSmithKline. Before he moved on to armaments he had an interview with Jim Naughtie on Radio 4 which he walked off when Naughtie started on Seroxat.!!

That they  falsify data in many ways including hiding negative research to have medicines passed by the regulator

They push drugs which have been approved by theregulator for purposes for which they have not been approved.

They may as well be street drug pushers from luxury offices.

What is the difference!
They bribe doctors, to push these drugs which doctors know
are not approved and they double dose the patient for extra
commission. They defraud the States in the United States
out of billions of dollars .They knowingly produced dud
drugs for 12 years while billing States for those drugs
even though they knew they did not contain any active ingredients!
Among those Avandia world best selling diabetic drug which was
killing thousands around the world every month. Also anti depressant
Paxil also known as Seroxat which causes birth defects, suicidal
ideation and suicide in users as well as addiction. For those addicted
it is very hard to break free.
The recent $3 billion fine included all of the above and more.
GlaxoSmithKline fined $3bn after bribing doctors to increase drugs sales
link to articlewww.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/jul/03/glaxosmithkline-fined-bribing-doctors-pharmaceuticals
They also know that the fines they get for engaging in these activities
may result in serious harm and death to patients. And that the fines are
a pittance compared with what they earn. And in many countries they
never get to trial…this country included! Why not if they have been proved
guilty in the US and have had to pay fines and compensation, why doesn’t
that happen here? why aren’t patients compensated and companies fined?
Any answers ,anyone?
The end result is they continue with this business model because low fines
reinforce the notion that it’s ok to engage in these business practices
at the level of fines handed out by the US Dept of Justice…
And the DOJ knows this and commentators in blogs in the New York Times
are asking when are these people going to do jail time? Indeed….

I’ve never really understood the whole “look at what they’ve given us” argument, whether it’s been used to defend big Pharma or arms dealers (they do pay some tax). It tacitly insinuates that we should somehow be grateful that the management of these firms have decided, out of the goodness of their hearts, to bestow whatever it is they make on us.

The reality is obviously quite different, and this is a deeper point than reiterating theircontinued moral transgressions. Businesses as I’m sure you’re aware exist to maximise profit, corporations especially so. All of the ‘amazing things’ that have saved ‘a lot of lives’ that GSK in particular have done have not been done out of some sort of benevolent philanthropy, they’ve been done because it was decided that doing them would bring in more money for shareholders than not doing them.

I am fully aware that some of the time these things can be beneficial to large numbers of people, and I’m certainly not trying to imply that they’ve never achieved anything useful. The fact is, these successes don’t excuse the morally repugnant behaviour they seem incapable of ridding their business of. Or prove that the profit motive is the most moral and efficient way of doing drug research, manufacture and distribution

So much dirty linen in the cupboard…strange that he didn’t want to talk about it….. 

(FOR THE FULL ARTICLE SEE LINK ABOVE)

GlaxoSmithKline opens door on data in bid to aid discovery of medicines

The British drugs company GlaxoSmithKline is to open up the detailed data from its clinical trials to the scrutiny of scientists in a bid to help the discovery of new medicines and end the suspicions of critics that it has secrets to hide.

In a speech today to the Wellcome Trust in London, the chief executive, Andrew Witty, will say openness to the public and active collaboration with scientists and firms outside GSK are essential to finding new drugs to treat the diseases plaguing the world, from novel antibiotics to cures for malaria and tuberculosis.

Excellent 3-Part Swedish Documentary Series About SSRI’s Drugs


I have just watched the first part from an excellent Swedish documentary series about the dangers of SSRI drugs, and the implications of SSRI usage, both for the individual, and the society they inhabit.

Mainstream psychiatry take note: the SSRI game is up… GAME OVER

https://www.artimus.se/whocaresinsweden/film-one.php

(Part 1 of 3 films in this series)

For more on these  3 brilliant documentaries see Bob Fiddaman’s and Leonie Fennell’s blogs through these links:

http://leoniefennell.wordpress.com/2012/09/25/this-is-what-ive-waited-3-years-for/

http://fiddaman.blogspot.ie/2012/09/who-cares-about-sweden-trilogy-ssri.html

PRESS RELEASE A Documentary Trilogy

from ARTIMUS Film SVB AB 3 parts, each 60 min.

Stockholm, Sweden Title:  Who Cares in Sweden?

Premiere September 10, 2012 at: http://www.artimus.se

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Millions of people throughout the world have a friend or a family member whom they no longer recognize.

This also happens in Sweden. However the Swedes do not dare to admit to themselves that their health

care system could be corrupted and that personality change could be caused by a prescription medicine,

like the SSRIs (Selective Serotonin re-uptake inhibitors).

You may have known a healthy person who became worried, started taking an SSRI, changed and was diagnosed

bipolar or … someone that was on SSRI and who committed suicide? Unfortunately you are not alone. Just about

every tenth Swede takes an SSRI every morning, of which the positive effect is that one “cares” less. One is less

concerned about family, increases in weight, an unpleasant boss, an untidy home, that one’s children could harm

themselves, gruesome memories of an accident or a loss of a friend. These drugs blunt conscience and those

people who commit suicide seem to be “caring” less about their immediate surroundings”

Children want their father and mother to be caring. However an entire generation has grown up with parents

and teachers on SSRIs. It is of course important to discuss mental ill health but mental problems are not always

a good reason for medication. In these days more and more young people are being persuaded to take SSRIs for

a growing amount of diagnoses. Both doctors and medical salesmen refer to the same “Bible”, DSM (Diagnostic

Statistical Manual) published by an association of American psychiatrists. Schools have become outright market

places for treatments for insomnia, pre-menstrual problems, depression, angst, obsessions, eating disorders,

gameaholics, etc. In the year of 2011, 41600 young Swedes between the ages of 10-24 were started on SSRIs,

a chemical that reduces ones sexuality and which is intended to affect brain cells that are effecting our whole body,

our thoughts and our personality.

Is not the capacity for empathy and clean conscience worth defending in a civilized society?

The soldier, who in war has killed a child, feels horrible and has nightmares. This soldier is prescribed exactly the

same SSRI-medicine that for example a judge who is grieving after the death of his mother. The soldier returns to

the war front and the judge continues at his profession, as do the insurance doctor, the police and the preschool

teacher. They take their medicine every morning under the impression that it corrects an imbalance in their brain.

SSRIs increases the risk for: aggressiveness…………. and is involved in many murder cases.

suicide…………………… but are prescribed to prevent suicide.

birth defects……………. but are prescribed for pregnant woman.

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In the films “Who Cares in Sweden?” scientists, doctors and journalists address themselves to the citizens of

Sweden who are letting themselves be fooled by a handful of scientists (Key Opinion Leaders) in close association

with the pharmaceutical companies. These companies in the USA include in their budget billions of dollars to cover

fines that are taken for granted as a cost of doing business. The same companies are responsible to a large degree

for most of the continuing medical education of Swedish doctors. In Sweden the Fox guards the chicken coop …

We, ARTIMUS Film SVB AB are neither against foxes, medicines or prosperous pharmaceutical companies. There

exists neither a bad side nor a good side. The problem starts when greed and cowardice are accepted as normal

when journalists and the state retreat to the sidelines. Mankind forgets what is necessary for a civilized society; the

judiciary system but also our own evaluation of its importance. Unfortunately the Swedish government has not only

lost control of the situation but is selling the country out and they who should be investigating what is happening

seem not to care.

All are losers in this seemingly spinning carousel where public relation bureaus supply the media with doctors,

scientists and “positive” patients who contribute in totally obscuring the problem. We are hoping that these films

will awaken the interest of serious journalists and politicians to revaluate the Swedish health care and media

system, both of which have succumbed to the manipulations of clever pharmaceutical companies. We hope doctors

and medical students will unite to mutually support each other. The corruption today is rampant in universities,

pharmacies and doctors offices. Commentaries from ARTIMUS Film will be found via Twitter and Facebook. The

participants can be contacted through the web sites.

The films are exhibited on Internet by artimus.se and also on its own web site whocaresinsweden.com

together with information on the participants.

Radio Interview With Seroxat Activist Bob Fiddaman (Aropax in Australia/NZ)


Well worth checking out..

http://fiddaman.blogspot.co.nz/2012/07/planet-fm-interview-with-seroxat.html

Earlier today I gave my first full radio interview on Planet FM in Auckland, New Zealand. I talk about my book, GlaxoSmithKline, the MHRA and withdrawal.