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Integrity: the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness (Oxford Dictionary).

Ah yes, you remember GlaxoSmithKline? Remember the line in their Irish ‘Better Together‘ campaign “GSK wants to be healthcare partner of choice, valued for our expertise and trusted for our integrity.” In my last post about GSK, I wondered exactly what ‘integrity’ they meant. Bear in mind GSK were fined $3 BILLION in the US for, among other things, illegally promoting their drug for children; despite being aware that the drug could cause the same children to become suicidal.

Another of the charges included actively concealing the dangers of the drug Avandia. An estimated 100,000 heart attacks, strokes, deaths and cases of heart failure’ were caused by Avandia before the drug was finally taken off the market. After agreeing to pay the $3 billion dollar fine, GSK boss Andrew Witty said he was “very sorry that we have had to deal with the echoes of the past” and “We’re determined this is never going to happen again.”

Well guess what? GSK has again been been found guilty of illegally promoting another of their drugs, this time their platelet drug Revolade. The Pharma Times reported on this story yesterday. It seems that GSK are sorry alright, sorry for getting caught!!

Integrity? I think GSK’s ‘PR’ department should really get a new dictionary; their current one must have misprints!

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GlaxoSmithKline awarding the Irish media? No thanks!

‘RTE Radio 1’ has a Facebook page which proudly states “We’re delighted that RTÉ took home three awards at this year’s GSK Irish Medical Media Awards.” Two of the awards were won for documentaries, one on depression and another for clinical trials involving children.

Seriously though? That’s GSK; GlaxoSmithkline! Why is a pharmaceutical company (which has consistently been proven corrupt), sponsoring Ireland’s ‘Medical Media Awards’ and why is this acceptable?

Here’s an Irish article from 1998 which refers to Seroxat/Paxil called ‘Pill to melt shyness‘. The article states that people suffering from this ‘crippling’ illness ‘aren’t aware that they have such a condition’ and that ‘By itself, social phobia doesn’t bring on suicide but combined with other psychiatric illnesses victims are six times more likely than the general population to kill themselves‘. OK, so these poor unfortunate sufferers may go on to kill themselves from shyness and taking Seroxat should fix the problem? The article further states that the time this illness or ‘social phobia’ usually strikes is between the ages of 14 and 16 years old. Hang on a sec!! Panorama did a series of TV documentaries ‘outing’ GSK and the notorious Seroxat. They revealed, among lots of corrupt practices, that in one of GSK’s drug trials, adolescents were six times more likely to become suicidal after taking it. So the illness increases the risk of suicide by 6% and the cure by another 6%; a better mathematician than I would tell you, that’s not a good percentage for a so-called cure!

In July of this year GSK were fined $3 billion in the US for, among other things, illegally promoting this drug for children, despite being aware that the same drug could cause these children to kill themselves.

GSK’s ‘Better Together‘ campaign states…” to ensure Irish patients and consumers can get access to the health care they need, GSK recognise that we must work in partnership with Government, policy makers, healthcare professionals, patient and citizen groups.” I bet they do! Also this, “GSK wants to be healthcare partner of choice, valued for our expertise and trusted for our integrity.” What integrity is that exactly?

Ok, forgetting the fact that they have caused numerous ‘Seroxat induced’ deaths in children and adults; maybe it’s the ‘Avandia Scandal‘ integrity they’re talking about? Avandia is the drug that the FDA scientist ‘Dr. David Graham’ said ‘may have caused as many as 100,000 heart attacks, strokes, deaths and cases of heart failure’ before the drug was finally taken off the market. GSK still clung to the mantra the drug was safe though. Never admit anything? Surely GSK is the last company (apart from Lundbeck) that the Irish Medical Media should associate with? In my humble opinion, the medical media, whose job it is to investigate, should have done a little research into the company who was sponsoring these awards. Then they may have had some integrity of their own and told GSK to stick their awards where the sun doesn’t shine!

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GSK, Merck, Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi-Aventis helping the third world? Maybe not!

This was an article in todays Metro, a free dublin paper.

Now pardon me for being skeptical, but I didn’t quite believe that these drug companies would do this out of the goodness of their heart, so I was wondering whether it was some form of scam or maybe a free drug trial on unsuspecting poorer countries, since all of these 4 companies have very dubious backgrounds and all four have been found guilty of fraud.

Later on today, another article surfaced by Christina England at Vaccine Truth which seemed closer to the truth…Link

The title was, GlaxoSmithKline Schemes with GAVI to Offer Rotavirus Vaccine at Reduced Costs.


Bobby Fiddaman has also just written a post about it, so with his permission I am re-posting it here. His web-site can be found here…Link

Glaxo Accused of Offloading Contaminated Vaccines to Third World

An article by investigative journalist Christina England is set to cause a stir with UK government officials and GlaxoSmithKline after it has been alleged that Glaxo’s recent ‘gesture’ to offer vaccines to third world countries at a reduced cost is nothing more than a smokescreen to offload a Rotarix vaccine that has been contaminated by a pig virus. Furthermore, writes Christina England, “What GlaxoSmithKline are actually offering, are vaccines at a reduced price to the third world because the take up has been so low in the Western world due to reduced confidence in the vaccine.”

Christina points to a recent article in The Times newspaper where it was reported that the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization [GAVI] have linked up with GlaxoSmithKline to sell cheap, left over vaccines.

In 2010 the Centres for Disease Control [CDC] issued the following warning regarding Rotarix.

This is an official

‘Distributed via Health Alert Network
Monday, March 22, 2010, 15:54 EDT (03:54 PM EDT)
Recommendation to Temporarily Suspend Usage of GlaxoSmithKline Rotarix (Rotavirus) Vaccine


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has learned that DNA from porcine circovirus type 1 (PCV1), a virus not known to cause disease in humans, is present in the Rotarix vaccine. All available evidence indicates that there has been no increased risk to patients who have received this vaccine. PCV1 is not known to cause any disease in animals or humans; therefore, it has not been routinely tested for in vaccine development. Rotarix has been extensively studied, before and after approval, and found to have an excellent safety record (i.e., no unusual adverse events). However, FDA is recommending that healthcare practitioners temporarily suspend usage of the Rotarix vaccine for rotavirus immunization in the United States while the agency learns more about the detection of components of the virus found in the vaccine.’

The alert finished by adding,

‘The recommendations detailed above are for the United States, where there is less rotavirus disease and an alternative vaccine is available. Other countries may decide to continue vaccinating with Rotarix while more information becomes known. Available evidence suggests that the benefits of continued use of Rotarix in countries where rotavirus disease is common and severe far outweigh any potential risk from the vaccine.

Glaxo’s recent show of goodwill was reported globally, their Chief Executive, Andrew Witty, proudly boasted that Glaxo’s decision to offer the vaccine at a ‘heavily’ reduced cost as ‘not a gimmick or one off philanthropic gesture but part of a concerted strategy to change their business model’. adding that ‘that the people must come before profits’.

Somebody hand me a Paxil.

Christina England:

“Witty went to explain how diarrhea is the largest killer of the under 5′s in the third world and that the new pricing structure is to allow the vaccine to be sold to the poorest nations at a fraction of the price. He said that government aid funding alone would never meet the funding needs of these people.

“All very noble of them considering that Rotarix vaccine was suspended around the world last year because it contained the DNA from pigs in it. What GlaxoSmithKline are actually offering, are vaccines at a reduced price to the third world because the take up has been so low in the Western world due to reduced confidence in the vaccine.”

Where’s my Alli?

It takes an unpaid investigative journalist like Christina England to report on such matters, none of the mainstream newspapers have picked up on this.

Other articles/documents that point to the contamination of Glaxo’s vaccine can be found here:

And here you can read studies on the rotavirus vaccine shedding and its potential transmission within households including immunocompromised individuals are needed to better define the potential risks and benefits of vaccination. [LINK]