“…Cecily’s doctor was hardly alone in prescribing Paxil that year. A year before, in 2001, a much-publicized paper described a clinical trial that showed Paxil to be safe and effective in teenagers as well as adults. Study 329, as it became known, helped spur a huge increase in Paxil prescriptions. In 2002 alone, over 2 million prescriptions were written for children and teens, and many more for adults. (As a 25-year-old, Cecily Bostock was, from a neurophysiological perspective, on the cusp between adolescence and adulthood.) Did Cecily’s psychiatrist choose Paxil because of Study 329? It’s hard to believe the answer is not at least partly yes..”
“…As Carey notes in his Times story, thousands of children, teens, and young adults attempted or committed suicide while on Paxil—but it’s impossible to know how many, if any, did so because of Paxil. This new BMJ paper makes it seem more likely than ever than some did. And of her daughter, Sara Bostock has no doubt…”
(The Atlantic 2015)
Bob Fiddaman has just done an excellent post on the Stuart Dolin Paxil Suicide trial and the various shenanigans of GSK’s (one of many) law firms- King And Spalding.
You can read the post here
Personally, I don’t know how any lawyers or firms can justify working for a company like GSK. I understand that everyone has to do a job, but seriously, defending a drug company with a record of widespread corruption and fraud spanning decades (see here) is paramount to endorsing this behavior is it not?
Not to mention working for a company which actively encourages promoting their (proven to be) dangerous medications (Paxil, Pandemrix) for children. If any of these lawyers have kids, then I don’t know how they sleep at night?
Does King and Spalding endorse the corporate manslaughter of kids by pharmaceutical companies?
Because that’s what GSK did with Paxil study 329 (read about it here). Supporting this drug company- or taking pay checks from it- is supporting the corporate killing of kids for profit and endorsing GSK’s bribery and fraud networks. King and Spalding should be ashamed of themselves, as should every other law firm who works for this abhorrent company.
King and Spalding- your GSK paychecks are blood money, gained from the blood of Paxil suicides, how do you justify this to your conscience?
Not content with working for one of the most corrupted and fraudulent sociopathic corporations on the planet, it seems that now King and Spalding have decided to out-do their masters GSK in the sociopath stakes…
King And Spalding have tried every trick in the book in order to try to discredit the Dolin family, Stewart’s memory, and in particular his widow, Wendy.
Law360, New York (August 14, 2014, 3:32 PM ET) — A deceased Reed Smith LLP partner’s wife, who claims her husband’s suicide can be traced to GlaxoSmithKline PLC’s antidepressant Paxil, on Wednesday challenged the drugmaker’s subpoena for cellphone and text message records, accusing GSK of using aggressive discovery tactics that invade her privacy.
King And Spalding’s behavior seems to imitate that of their bosses, it’s totally unethical and morally repugnant.
These lawyers are nothing but bullies…
Dr David Healy is the expert witness in this trial, and King And Spalding are also trying to intimidate Healy in the same way that they did with the grieving widow, Wendy Dolin.
GSK hate critics like Healy because Healy was one of the first to speak out against them. GSK have been killing kids for decades with their anti-depressant Paxil (Seroxat) and they don’t like it when people try to get access to their internal documents through the courts. It seems that for GSK, and their sociopathic lawyers- money, legal fees and company profits- are more important than human lives, even the lives of children are disposable and immaterial to these deplorable, amoral individuals…
Healy is a patient activist, he fights for patient rights, access to data, and highlights side effects of medications like Paxil.
GSK are patient killers, they have nothing but contempt for those harmed by their medicines- that’s why they seek to discredit people like Healy..
Law360, New York (April 30, 2015, 4:14 PM ET) — GlaxoSmithKline PLC told an Illinois federal judge Wednesday that the widow of a former Reed Smith LLP partner claiming a generic version of GSK’s antidepressant Paxil caused his suicide must provide more information on an expert who said the company is out to get him.
GSK said Dr. David Healy, a Welsh psychiatrist whose report linking paroxetine hydrochloride to suicidal behavior was submitted as evidence by plaintiff Wendy Dolin, was referred to the U.K.’s General Medical Council following an investigation for which Healy believes GSK is responsible, and said Dolin’s counsel instructed Healy not to discuss the GMC’s probe and refused to provide some documents relevant to Healy’s qualifications.
The documents are relevant to the potential bias Dr. Healy may have against GSK based on his claims that GSK specifically, or the pharmaceutical industry generally, may be behind his referral to the GMC,” GSK said.
According to GSK, Healy has blogged about his “conspiracy theories” concerning pharmaceutical companies including GSK, and that during his deposition in another case, Healy said the Royal College of Psychiatrists had written the council to say that Healy should be suspended.
Healy reportedly obtained that information through the U.K.’s Freedom of Information Act and GSK said it wants access to the documents he received.
The day before GSK’s April 2 deposition of Healy in London, Dolin’s attorneys stepped in with a “laundry list” of objections on the basis of relevance and confidentiality, and instructed Healy not to answer any questions about the investigation, GSK said.
The drug maker then requested that Dolin provide a privilege log to identify what documents were being withheld, but the plaintiff’s counsel refused, according to GSK.
GSK said Wednesday that Dolin’s argument that documents and testimony regarding the investigation are privileged are too vague to even be addressed.
However, the pharmaceutical company said that if the plaintiff’s objections relate to concerns over the release of patient information, those details could simply be redacted.
In 2012, Wendy Dolin sued GSK and Mylan Inc., which produced the generic medication her husband and former Reed Smith partner Stewart Dolin took before jumping in front of a Chicago “L” train.
Dolin’s complaint said her husband killed himself six days after he began treating his anxiety and depression with paroxetine hydrochloride.
Michael Baum, an attorney for Dolin, told Law360 on Thursday that he is in the process of filing a response.
On Friday, Dolin accused GSK of needlessly attempting to delay the trial after she and her attorneys had already accommodated an earlier request to bump the trial to late November.
Wendy Dolin is represented by Michael L. Baum, Bijan Esfandiari, Frances M. Phares and R. Brent Wisner of Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman PC and Joshua Weisberg and Lindsey Epstein of Rapoport Law Offices PC.
GSK is represented by Alan S. Gilbert of Dentons, Andrew T. Bayman and Todd P. Davis of King & Spalding LLP. Mylan is represented by Robert E. Haley of Swanson Martin & Bell LLP and Clem C. Trischler and Jason M. Reefer of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti LLP.
The case is Dolin v. SmithKline Beecham Corp. et al., case number 1:12-cv-06403, in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois.
I experienced Akathisa on Seroxat (Paxil) -Akathisa is the side effect which drive Stewart Dolin to kill himself on Paxil. I can only imagine how it feels for a child.. I wonder if the GSK’s lawyers in this case ever tried to imagine what it must feel like to experience it? Do they care that many thousands of kids (and adults) have been driven to suicide from Paxil? or is their pay check more important?
Are you suffering from akathisia?
Have you recently started taking a new medication for anxiety, depression, or any other mental health issue?
What is akathisia?
Akathisia is a disorder, induced by SSRI medications, which can cause a person to experience such intense inner restlessness that the sufferer is driven to violence and/or suicide.
Akathisia is a disorder, induced by SSRI medications, which can cause a person to experience such intense inner restlessness that the sufferer is driven to violence and/or suicide. It has been said, “Death can be a welcome result.” For reasons related to the strong political and lobbying power of pharmaceutical companies, akathisia is rarely explained as a possible side effect of SSRIs, and medical professionals and the general public know very little of the existence of this disorder.
In fact, the drug lobby would like you to believe that akathisia is simply “restless leg syndrome.” As a result, sufferers of akathisia, as well as the medical professionals with whom they consult, are not able to recognize the symptoms of akathisia and therefore take the steps necessary to stop it. This lack of knowledge has tragically resulted in akathisia sufferers taking their own lives, and leaving behind devastated loved ones.
MISSD is not anti-drug. We know that prescription drugs have been life-saving for so many individuals who struggle with mental health issues. We are for truth in disclosure, honesty in reporting and legitimate drug trials.
What should I do?
If you or someone you know is suffering from the symptoms of akathisia, you should tell the doctor who prescribed the drugs, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. MISSD does not give medical advice or counsel (see disclaimer).
According to the FDA:
Consideration should be given to changing the therapeutic regimen, including possibly discontinuing the medication in patients whose depression is persistently worse, or who are experiencing emergent suicidality or symptoms that might be precursors to worsening depression or suicidality, especially if these symptoms are severe, abrupt in onset, or were not part of the patient’s presenting symptoms.
Stewart Dolin had the perfect life. He was married to his high school sweetheart for 36 years. He was the father of two grown children with whom he had a very close and meaningful relationship. He was a senior partner of a large international law firm, managing hundreds of corporate lawyers. He enjoyed his work and derived satisfaction from cultivating relationships with his clients, as well as helping them achieve the results they desired. He enjoyed travel, skiing, dining, joking around with his family and friends and an occasional cigar. He was 57 years old, and high on life.
In the summer of 2010, Stewart developed some anxiety regarding work. He was prescribed Paxil (paroxetine), a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (“SSRI”). Stewart’s prescription was filled with a generic version of Paxil, manufactured by Mylan. Within days, Stewart’s anxiety became worse. He felt restless, had trouble sleeping, even asked his wife to listen to a meditation tape with him (hardly typical behavior). He kept saying, “I still feel so anxious.”
On July 15, 2010, (six days after beginning the medication), following a regular lunch with a business associate, Stewart left his office and walked to a nearby train platform. A registered nurse who was also on the platform later reported seeing Stewart pacing back and forth and looking very agitated. As a train approached, Stewart took his own life. This happy, funny, loving, wealthy, dedicated husband and father who loved life left no note and no logical reason why he would suddenly want to end it all. Neither Paxil nor the generic version listed suicidal behavior as a potential side effect for men of Stewart’s age.
We did not know it then, but Stewart was suffering from akathisia.
MISSD (The Medication-Induced Suicide Prevention and Education Foundation in Memory of Stewart Dolin) is a unique non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the memory of Stewart and other victims of akathisia by raising awareness and educating the public about the dangers of akathisia. MISSD aims to ensure that people suffering from akathisia’s symptoms are accurately diagnosed so that needless deaths are prevented. A website, the creation of educational materials and support of conferences such as Selling Sickness, will help to raise awareness and knowledge of akathisia and medication-induced suicides. Again, we feel it’s important to note that we are not anti-drug, and recognize that prescription drugs can be positive and life-saving for many individuals. We are for truth in disclosure, honesty in reporting and legitimate drug trials.
If this could happen to Stewart, then it could happen to anyone. MISSD will make a difference.