MP in call for halt to use of anti-depressant

A DUNDEE MP is calling for the controversial anti-depressant Seroxat to be suspended for all new patients in the light of growing evidence linking the drug to suicidal tendencies.

Dundee East MP Stewart Hosie met the medicines trade body, the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industries, to outline his concerns about the drug.

A recent US Food and Drug Administration report found a six-fold increase in the risk of suicidal thoughts and acts in children and a three-fold increase in adults after Seroxat treatment.

It is the latest in a long line of damning reports over the drug’s dangerous effect on an unacceptably high number of adults and children, and Mr Hosie has criticised ministers for “dragging their heels over the strong evidence regarding Seroxat.”

He has also joined a growing number of cross-party MPs in criticising the body responsible for licensing the drug, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), for being too close to the pharmaceutical industry.

Speaking after his meeting with the pharmaceutical industries association, Mr Hosie said, “From what I have heard during the meeting, it is my understanding that many people within the pharmaceutical industry share my concerns about the apparent close relationship between the MHRA and the companies it regulates”.

You can read the entire article by Mark McLaughlin here.


6 Responses to “MP in call for halt to use of anti-depressant”

  1. Matthew Holford Says:

    “Reviews by both the MHRA and the EMEA have reaffirmed the positive safety profile and effectiveness of paroxetine in adults.”

    What positive safety profile is that, then? Is the one developed by the same company, which has invented the magic lightbulb: it only shines on the things one wants to see?


  2. truthman30 Says:

    Why do the MHRA spin drug company propaganda?…
    Could it be because the MHRA is controlled by the drug companies? …
    For any entity to be independent, it needs to have be seperated from the forces which could influence it…
    But, most of those whom work in the MHRA have been formerly employed in the industry of which they regulate…
    The MHRA is a joke…
    And the Joke is at the expense of peoples lives…
    Its wearing thin..
    And its not funny…

  3. Matthew Holford Says:

    Each of the players (GSK, MHRA, DoH) seem to be “singing from the same hymn sheet,” as it were. I’m interested to note how similar their stories are. Who’s feeding who, when it comes to information? I can’t imagine that they’ve all come to the same conclusions, independently.

    There were a couple of things. First, the crossover bracket for 18-29 year olds, on the suicide thing (GSK sent out a letter to GPs, in May, 2006, advising of the risk in this age group). Second, the insistence that the safety of SSRIs is being constantly reviewed, with regular reference to the Expert Working Group’s work, as if that settled the argument. How’s that constant reviewing being done, then, chaps?

    However, the most striking thing, for me, is what looks like a beautifully orchestrated silence. What are they hiding, I wonder?



    Write to your MP and the most likely response you will get is that the Expert Working Group have reviewed this matter. Kudos to Stewart Hosie MP for having the balls to listen to the concerns of his constituent, Mr Derek Scott.


  5. truthman30 Says:

    They Just may be hiding the fact that Seroxat should never have been licenced in the first place..
    GSK’s clinical trials were a sham, both in the UK and the US..
    Opening the can of worms on Seroxat opens the doors for investigations into other drugs , the regulators, their ties to pharmaceutical companies and much more…
    They are doors which the regulators and the drug companies would rather keep tightly shut , away from curious eyes of us and the public…

  6. Matthew Holford Says:

    Ah, yes, clinical trials. Doesn’t “clinical” denote that some sort of observation of patients takes place? You know, how they react to treatment, that sort of thing? Obviously, I’m no expert on this…

    In any case, truthman, what you should realize is that while the door was shut, it was redundant, anyway, because there was no wall, figuratively speaking, so we just walked round. We’re currently helping ourselves to beverages from M. Garnier’s drinks cabinet, while he phones desperately for security!

    We already know what’s going on. It’s just a matter of time before it dawns on these charlatans just how much we know, whereupon further pretence becomes pointless. That’s my reality, anyway!


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