We need to keep an eye on Glaxo with this one

I had a couple of posts ready to go this morning until I saw this news item (courtesy of Bob Fiddaman)

It is beyond belief – it really is, but here goes.

A study has been published earlier this month in the American Journal of Psychiatry by researchers at Leiden University in the Netherlands and other Dutch centers.

It was funded by an “educational grant” from Glaxo SmithKline, which makes Paxil.

Scientists reported that the antidepressant Paxil helped hypochondriacs be less fearful about getting sick. In the first controlled study that compared a group of hypochondriacs given the drug with a group that got psychological talk therapy and another group that received sugar pills, the medication significantly reduced people’s fears about imaginary illnesses. However, the study also found that hypochondriacs who got cognitive behavior therapy, which encourages people to challenge the validity of their disabling beliefs, also improved — as much as those given the drug.

Before the trial, one 40-year-old, who said he had fears starting at age 10 that he was going to die in his sleep, rated his certainty that he was suffering from a serious illness as an 8 on a scale of 1 to 10. After six weeks on Paxil, his fear level dropped to a 4.

I have to say that anyone who has taken Seroxat will understand this feeling. You don’t care about anything, as you’re so disassociated from your life and your emotions.

I’ll be interested to see how Glaxo spins this one and starts to market Seroxat for this latest ‘indication’. I can’t be the only one who sees the irony of inflicting Seroxat and its perils on people who aren’t actually ill.

Surely no regulator in the world will give them a license for this use… still there’s always off-label prescribing as long as Glaxo spends enough on marketing.

Hmmm, who can tell me what role serotonin plays in cause and cure of hypochondria, I wonder? How long before we start to see papers on the subject, ‘authored’ by medical professionals.

Where are you Greg Simon and Bruce Pollock?

8 Responses to “We need to keep an eye on Glaxo with this one”

  1. Bob Fiddaman Says:

    It beggars belief.

    Did you hear the one about the hypochondriac who went to see his doctor because he thought he was suffering from severe withdrawal symptoms from Seroxat, one of which was to kill himself?

    This absolutely sickens me.

    Not content with children, unborn babies, adolescents AND adults, they are now targetting the treatment of a group of people who need counselling NOT mind altering drugs that can…and WILL cause suicide or homicidal thoughts in a significant amount.

    I am flabberghasted!

    Bob

  2. eleanor Says:

    I thought it was just a joke:

    “Oh, I’m so worried, I went to the Doctor’s about this pain and he said I have hypochondria!! I’m going to look up the symptoms.”

    Now it’s a medicated disease!

  3. admin Says:

    There has to be some kind of cruel black comedy going on here – a pill for hypochondria??

    And a pill that really will make you ill.

    It’s all about patents rather patients for Glaxo and companies like them.

  4. seroxat secrets… Says:

    […] Another way that drug companies can extend the cash generating life of their products is to get them approved for new ‘indications’ – such as Seroxat for OCD; for panic disorder; for social phobia; for GAD and for PTSD. Perhaps soon we may be able to add a new money making indication to the list: seroxat for hypochondria. […]

  5. seroxat secrets… 2006 - how was it for you, Glaxo? « Says:

    […] Another way that drug companies can extend the cash generating life of their products is to get them approved for new ‘indications’ – such as Seroxat for OCD; for panic disorder; for social phobia; for GAD and for PTSD. Perhaps soon we may be able to add a new money making indication to the list: seroxat for hypochondria. […]

  6. truthman30 Says:

    Ironic though it is, Glaxo make millions bogusly marketing their “parkinsons drug” ‘requip’ for “restless legs syndrome”…

    http://www.requip.com/

    Amazing how this so called “disorder” has become something of an epidemic since Glaxo started to market the disorder… (um I mean the drug)… Personally I dont believe that ” restless legs disorder” is a real disorder, but you can bet your mothers knickers that GSK has colluded once again with psychiatry to dupe the public into believing it is…
    Seroxat can actually cause symptoms such as “restelss legs” ( akathisia) .. Makes you wonder if GSK deliberately make drugs which cause disorders, just so that the patient will be prescribed another one of their bogus drugs to treat the original GSK induced “disorder”..

    They make “Gaviscon” too (http://www.gaviscon.com/)
    And god only knows what toxic junk they have combined in that concoction of crap, it is used primarliy for “acid reflux” , and gas (which are more very common Seroxat induced side effects)… Clever Glaxo , have it all sewn up don’y they?..

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