The MHRA, criminal investigations and Glaxo – 2

My previous post makes you think doesn’t it?

Can you believe that Glaxo has been under criminal investigation for almost three years? – this is serious stuff, it must be a very in-depth investigation – how many man hours have been put in? How many documents have been read? How much data has been analysed?

How close has Mick Deats and his crack team at the MHRA Intelligence and Enforcement unit come to finding hard evidence?

Has he phoned Panorama?

In February 2004, Panorama annouced that “Drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline knew that the anti-depressant Seroxat could not be proved to work on children in 1998, according to a leaked internal document. The secret document, relating to two clinical trials held in the 1990s, reveals that drug trials had shown little or no effect on helping depression in minors.

The company was also advised to avoid publishing the full data because it would be “commercially unacceptable” and would “undermine the profile” of the drug.

The confidential paper, sent anonymously to BBC’s Panorama programme, reveals that the company was advised to publish only the positive aspects of one study and that there were no plans to publish a second – more negative – study.

Has he phoned ABC News in America?

In December 2004 ABC News uncovered internal documents that suggest GlaxoSmithKline, maker of the popular antidepressant Paxil, was aware that the drug had little or no effect in treating depression in children and adolescents, and that it may cause suicide-related behaviours in young patients.

In spite of this information, GlaxoSmithKline distributed a memo to its sales force in 2001 touting the drug’s “remarkable efficacy and safety in the treatment of adolescent depression.”

One Response to “The MHRA, criminal investigations and Glaxo – 2”

  1. seroxat secrets… The MHRA, criminal investigations and Glaxo - 3 « Says:

    […] few weeks ago, I wrote about the on-going criminal investigation into Glaxo – the posts can be seen here and […]


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