The not-so-expert working group and the MHRA

In my previous post today, I demonstrated to you exactly how wrong the expert working group was when it reported in December 2004. As suppressed clincial trial data subsequently became public, by 2006 even GSK was forced to admit that Paxil caused a statistically significant increased rate of suicidality in depressed adults as measured in controlled clinical trials.

Given the circumstances I would expect the MHRA to consign the report of the expert working group to the dustbin of history and start again.

Perhaps you would as well.

Kent Woods at the MHRA doesn’t though!

In December 2005, in an email to anti Seroxat campaigner Bob Fiddaman, Prof. Kent Woods, CEO of the MHRA, stood by the Report of the Expert Working Group on the Safety of SSRIs, stating that “In relation to the use of SSRIs in young adults the Expert Working Group concluded that there is no clear evidence of an increased risk of self-harm and suicidal thoughts in young adults of 18 years or over.”

Then in 2006, when challenged over the suppressed clincial trial data subsequently becoming public, Woods said regarding the expert working group’s report “I have already given you a full account of the Agency’s position in this matter and there is nothing to add to it.”

He says this even though the expert working group reported before the secret data came to light and even GSK now admits the data shows a statistically significant increased rate of suicidality for Seroxat patients.

How do these people get away with it?

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