I have written before about Danish journalist “Anne Lea Landsted” and her investigation into lundbeck and their “anti-anxiety” drug Deanxit and it’s approval in Sri Lanka. Deanxit is another one of lundbeck’s controversial and dangerous drugs but despite the fact that the same drug is banned in Denmark (its country of origin) and findings of corruption, deceit and fraud with the approval process, this drug which can have potentially fatal side-effects is still on the sri Lankan and Indian market.
Lundbeck lied to get approval for this drug when they stated that Deanxit was registered in Denmark, when in fact it is banned in Denmark, and continued their lying by stating that at a meeting, 7 leading psychiatrists recommended that the drug should be registered for sale in Sri Lanka, when in fact Anne Lea Landsted was able to prove that 3 of the psychiatrists had never even been at the meeting! Her letter can be found here…Link Lundbeck later apologised and offered to withdraw the 40 old drug from the Sri Lankan market, but surprisingly, it’s still there!
The side-effects of taking the drug can include moobs (AKA man boobs), swelling of testicles and heart attack, and then if that doesn’t make you depressed, the side effects of deanxit withdrawal can include aggression, hostility and worsening of depression…Link
It was reported that the drug was being aggressively promoted for a wide range of known and unknown disorders such as psychogenic depression, depressive neuroses, masked depression, menopausal depression, dysphoria in alcoholics and drug addicts etc without mandatory clearance from the DCGI (Drug Controller General of India)…Link
Surely you would have to wonder why this drug deanxit, which is banned in so many countries, can be freely marketed in India?