Alastair Benbow caught out…

My previous post took you to the Panorama interactive forums… thanks to Truthman30 for this comment that set me thinking:

Check out the end of this program…
It is worth watching purely for Alastair Benbow’s final words which end the discussion in the closing minutes..

When asked by (pharmacology expert) Dr Andrew Herxheimer about why GSK had given no warning about the severe reactions from Seroxat despite knowing about it for 5 years…

Benbow replies… (and stumbles with)

“Seroxat has provided countless benefit to many people and enabled them to do more, live longer and feel better… and I think that speaks for itself…”

And my point is…?

Well, what annoys me greatly is that, when asked a direct question about the safety of Seroxat, Benbow’s answer was to ignore the question completely and attempt a reply using Glaxo’s corporate strapline (and he couldn’t even get that right!)

Search this phrase in Google “do more feel better and live longer” and you get 17,200,000 results… the VERY TOP one being…

“GSK.com is the corporate web site of GlaxoSmithKline, a leading healthcare company that helps people to do more, feel better and live longer.”

Glib, dismissive, superficial – yes ‘Dr’ Benbow, that’s what your reply was.

I’m reminded of a comment made by Professor Healy on the last Panorama programme ‘Secrets of the Drug Trials’.

He was talking about drug trials and scientific papers and said that so many were ghostwritten and drew conclusions that were at odds with the data that they couldn’t be considered scientific at all – they were nothing more than adverts for whichever drug company was footing the bill.

So when Benbow starts to use Glaxo’s corporate strapline to deflect a direct question about the safety of Seroxat, you have to wonder what other rubbish he came out with during the course of this discussion.

He wasn’t there to enter into a serious debate about the pros and cons of Seroxat – he was there as part of the sales and marketing department – part of a corporate damage limitation exercise.

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6 Responses to “Alastair Benbow caught out…”

  1. truthman30 Says:

    No individual who sprouts corporate rhetoric as patients die on a defective drug is worthy of the name “doctor”..

    Just what, may i ask is Mr Benbow a doctor of?…

    Spin… ?
    Damage limitation?…
    PR…?

    Apparantly… he is currently… Vice President and European Medical Director of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). He is also the company’s media spokesperson on medical/clinical issues. His previous roles within GSK have included Vice President and Head of European Clinical Psychiatry, Vice President for European Government Affairs and Public Policy and Vice President and UK Medical Director.

    http://www.europeanbraincouncil.org/aboutUs/pastOfficers.htm

    I notice he also plays a role in the “European Brain Council”…
    Wow! … Sounds really important doesn’t it? ..
    Sounds kind of like mastermind…
    I’d rather stick a screwdriver up my nose than let any of these folks tinker with my grey matter… ( but then again after Seroxat you do tend to develop a deeper respect for your own brain, not suprising really considering Seroxat is intolerable to it )

    Seroxat + Brain = Toxic Time Bomb

    When will these neuroscience pharma whores get off their ego-driven greedy-bus and leave peoples brains alone… ?
    What have they done that has actually been of benefit to the human race and not their own pockets?…

    “Oh” , “we are” advancing science” they will tell you..
    “It’s for the good of mankind” they will say…
    We are “curing diseases”…they will say

    Nice script…
    Nice delusion ..
    Misguided, self-serving, sanctimonious horseshit is what others might say…

  2. Matthew Holford Says:

    Ali B has a fairly limited vocabulary, I agree. Perhaps one needs to get him on a subject that he knows something about, in order to take the full benefit of his loquacious instincts…

    Matt

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