Film maker Phil Lawrence was at the FDA’s hearing to review the suicidality risks in adults using SSRIs before Xmas.
Something wasn’t right though – says Phil: “…it was excruciating to watch and listen to the testimonies from the families and relatives who lost loved ones to suicide. It wasn’t excruciating because of the stories – those were brutal and heart wrenching. It was excruciating because of the way the panel of experts and members of the FDA treated them – it was as if they all put up a shield to keep from getting emotional. But why? What’s wrong with getting emotional? I couldn’t understand – why wouldn’t they look at them? Why wouldn’t they listen to what these people have to say? It was beyond rude – it was cold-hearted – dismissive.”
Well, I can tell you why one committee member wouldn’t look at them – Dr Bruce Pollock is a long time friend of GlaxoSmithKline. Just have a look at the link here.