Can you believe they really said this…5

And still the quotes come…

My wife thinks J.P. [Garnier] is the best thing since sliced bread.
Christopher Viehbacher
GlaxoSmithKline U.S. President
7/21/03

….there have been a number of systematic studies in humans looking at the potential for Paxil for abuse, tolerance and physical dependence. So actually, there is data to date to negate the statement that it has not been systematically studied, because, in fact, it has been.
Dr. David Wheadon
Senior Vice President
GlaxoSmithKline Regulatory Affairs and Product Professional Services
10/19/2000

No, we are not misleading them [patients]. The information in the patient leaflet and in the information we supply to doctors, is based on fact.
Dr. Alastair Benbow
Head of European Psychiatry for GlaxoSmithKline
10/13/02

We are a high-integrity company. We know what the rules are and we follow them.
Jean-Pierre Garnier
Chief Executive Officer, GlaxoSmithKline
6/6/2004

The vast majority of drugs more than 90 per cent only work in 30 or 50 per cent of the people, I wouldn’t say that most drugs don’t work. I would say that most drugs work in 30 to 50 per cent of people. Drugs out there on the market work, but they don’t work in everybody.
Dr. Allen Roses
GlaxoSmithKline Senior V.P.
Genetics Research
12/8/2003

It’s not possible really to measure total serotonin. We do not know with absolute certainty about how any of the antidepressants work.
Alan Metz
Glaxo Vice President for Clinical Development
source: Generation RX

If anyone thought drugs were without side-effects, hopefully that’s over. All drugs have side-effects. We are having to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on lawyers.
Jean-Pierre Garnier
Chief Executive Officer
GlaxoSmithKline
4/23/2005

We follow the law, and we follow government guidelines.
Mary Anne Rhyne
GlaxoSmithKline spokesperson
8/26/2005

This is a company that is reinventing itself … possibly creating a model for pharma companies.
Jean-Pierre Garnier
Chief Executive Officer
GlaxoSmithKline
7/21/03

The evidence, however, is clear, these medicines are not linked with suicide, these medicines are not linked with an increased rate of self harm.
Dr. Alastair Benbow

GlaxoSmithKline’s European Medical Director
10/3/2004

So we always want to make sure we are serving the good, the right purpose….
Dr. David Wheadon
Senior Vice President
GlaxoSmithKline Regulatory Affairs and Product Professional Services
9/9/2004

I’ll be a hero in three years.
Jean-Pierre Garnier
Chief Executive Officer GlaxoSmithKline
4/5/2004

That last quote from Garnier is dedicated to Rob Robinson and Paxil Protest… gone but not forgotten!

11 Responses to “Can you believe they really said this…5”

  1. Matthew Holford Says:

    “It’s not possible really to measure total serotonin. We do not know with absolute certainty about how any of the antidepressants work.
    Alan Metz
    Glaxo Vice President for Clinical Development
    source: Generation RX”

    It’s very nearly not necessary to pass comment on this one. However, Alan, if you can’t tell me how they work, then there’s every chance that they don’t. And they don’t. I wish I had Al’s e-mail address.

    Matt

  2. Matthew Holford Says:

    Do you know – I’m greatly disappointed to discover that Alan Metz’s name gave absolutely no hits on GSK’s website? Never mind, have a look at GSK Clinical Trials Register for paroxetine, instead.

    I can only assume that 329 and 377 weren’t sponsored by GSK (apparently the key criteria for inclusion on the Register), because I’m damned if I can see them. Unless they’ve been listed as something different. That’d be it.

    Matt

  3. truthman30 Says:

    Oh , is this the official GSK studies, from the GSK site , indicating Seroxat causes Malformations in newborns…?

  4. Matthew Holford Says:

    I dunno: I haven’t waded through that little lot, yet! I read somewhere on there that studies have to be “GSK sponsored”, or somesuch, in order to be included in the list. If GSK’s done a trial, which has shown unusual levels of foetal abnormality in children born to paroxetine-taking mothers, then it should be there, somewhere.

    Matt

  5. Matthew Holford Says:

    “I’ll be a hero in three years.
    Jean-Pierre Garnier
    Chief Executive Officer GlaxoSmithKline
    4/5/2004”

    Good old Wikipedia, eh? This is the definition of “hero”, which I found on there:

    “In many myths and folk tales, a hero is a man or woman (the latter often called a heroine), traditionally the protagonist of a story, legend or saga, who commonly possesses abilities or character far greater than that of a typical person, which enable him or her to perform some truly extraordinary, beneficial deed (a “heroic deed”) for which he or she is famous. These powers are sometimes not only of the body but also of the mind. Heroes are typically opposed by villains.”

    I look forward to identifying the superior capabilities that JP assumed that he would have acquired by now. Similarly, I’m keen to receive suggestions as to the “truly extraordinary, beneficial deed,” which he will presumably have contributed, by now. Clearly, I’ll be interested to hear from anybody who has identified his nemesis.

    Matt

  6. RB Says:

    About as much a hero as Genghis Khan maybe…
    I’m sure Saddam Hussein was a hero to some…
    Could say that for Hitler too…

  7. Matthew Holford Says:

    I reckon a hero/ine is a person who can move mountains without assistance, purely by dint of their own will and strength of purpose. I wonder what JP has done, which fulfils this criteria?

    Matt

  8. truthman30 Says:

    I always imagined a hero to be someone of integrity , with noble values and a seeker of justice, someone to admire and someone who’s deeds and actions were something to aspire to…
    I must have been mistaken…
    Or maybe my version of a hero is as mythical as the “chemical imbalance” theory…

  9. truthman30 Says:

    We follow the law, and we follow government guidelines.
    Mary Anne Rhyne
    GlaxoSmithKline spokesperson
    8/26/2005

    I wonder would (New York Attorney General) Elliot Spitzer agree with that little nugget of propaganda …

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5120989

  10. truthman30 Says:

    No, we are not misleading them [patients]. The information in the patient leaflet and in the information we supply to doctors, is based on fact.
    Dr. Alastair Benbow
    Head of European Psychiatry for GlaxoSmithKline
    10/13/02

    Hmmm..
    So a jump in patient withdrawal reactions on Seroxat leaflets over a few years from one in a thousand to one in four is an acceptable provision and “dissemation” of factual information is it?….


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