Paxil has been a big money spinner for GlaxoSmithKline, especially in the child and adolescent market, with it being prescribed extensively for depression and a variety of similar conditions. But there has always been a question mark over its effectiveness, as well as doubts over its safety for use by non-adults.
In 2008 these questions were finally answered when psychologist Irving Kirsch and his colleagues managed to get their hands on every clinical trial that was submitted to the FDA for the top 4 anti-depressants on the market; Paxil, Prozac, Serzone and Effexor. The results were both alarming and enlightening.
They were found to have modest benefits at best, and were below the accepted criteria for clinical significance when unpublished data was included. Volumes of dangerous side effects were also unearthed, including increases in tendencies for homocide, suicide, and mass murder. The risk to benefit ratio went down the toilet.
But it got worse for Paxil when the NY State Attorney Generals Office launched a lawsuit against Paxil, basically claiming that Paxil doesn’t work as it is no more effective than a placebo, and that the list of dangerous side effects was too lengthy to ignore.
The Paxil lawsuit claimed that suicidal tendencies in children increased 6 times, and that 11 of the 93 children in the main paper on Paxil (Paxil Study 329) by lead author Dr. Martin Keller had serious side effects, including 7 of them being hospitalised.
Under cross examination, Dr. Keller conveniently “forgot” practically everything in his paper, which was in line with the $1,000,000 of drug company money that he also “forgot” to disclose as a conflict of interest in any of his papers or research.
This clip is an excerpt from The Marketing of Madness – Are we all Insane?; the definitive documentary on psychotropic drugging and the high-income partnership between drug companies and the psychiatric industry. WARNING – This clip contains small segments of music during a few graphic presentations. Please mute at your leisure.
Check out this Paxil Lawsuit video
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