Following yesterdays news that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has been fined $3 billion for fraudulently marketing their products, I found the differences in Irish reporting and worldwide reports quite frightening. In the Irish Times and RTE News articles it reported, that among GlaxoSmithKline’s wrongdoing, was illegally marketing Paxil to children. OK SO FAR!
NO-WHERE in either Article does it say that the reason this marketing was so abhorrent, is because this drug increases the risk of suicide in children, a fact well known to GSK and the regulators (Under 25’s).
In contrast to the Irish reports, the New York Times and The UK Independent both include the fact that this drug can cause suicide in young people. I wonder why Irish people are not getting the same facts.
The other surprise was that no-where in these Irish Articles did it say that Paxil is marketed as Seroxat in Ireland. The Irish public would probably have never heard of Paxil but would certainly have heard of the publicity, mostly bad, surrounding Seroxat.
Interestingly Seroxat was again in the Irish papers (Irish Independent) this week, named as Seroxat not Paxil, here “Man attacked terrified party guest with sword after mixing alcohol and medication”.
Update: What I should have made clearer is that the European suicide warnings with these drugs are for under 25’s. If anyone has read the stories on this blog and others, age has nothing to do with a drug-induced suicide. Ask Brian Palmer, Robert Raines or Donald Schell (Prozac, Celexa and Seroxat/Paxil)