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”.
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