Friday, December 10, 2004

Should GlaxoSmithKline Executives Be Charged With Murder?

According to last night's "Primetime Live" show, "... internal studies by GlaxoSmithKline concluded that Paxil had little or no effect in treating depression in children and adolescents. And as far back as 1997, the company was aware of studies reporting suicide-related behaviors in young patients taking the drug. In spite of this information, GlaxoSmithKline distributed a memo to its sales force in 2001 touting the drug's 'remarkable efficacy and safety in the treatment of adolescent depression.'" So in effect the executives who didn't make this data known and who pushed for children to use these drugs are responsible for the death of every child who took these drugs and killed themselves. I think that could quite reasonably be called murder.

ABC News: Drug Maker Withheld Paxil Study Data

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