Seroxat – Secrets of the drug trials

What’s the difference between these two statements?

“Demonstrates remarkable efficacy and safety in the treatment of adolescent depression.”

“The results of the studies were disappointing. The possibility of obtaining a safety statement from this data was considered but rejected.”

The first is what Glaxo (GSK) told its sales reps after it tested Seroxat, an adult antidepressant on teenagers. The second is what company insiders had admitted internally. But it went ahead and promoted the drug for children anyway.

Have a look here for the BBC press release about the up and coming Panorama programme ‘Secrets of the Drug Trials’ on Monday 29 January at 2030 on BBC One.

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