Seroxat increases suicidal thinking – it’s official – 2: Alastair Benbow weighs in

I am getting VERY confused by all this…

Just a few days ago, we had this news:

WARNINGS of the dangers of suicidal thoughts and behaviour are to be
included in the packages of anti-depressants in the UK. Warnings will be
carried in the patient information leaflet in the packets from October this
year (2008).

The direction was issued yesterday (Tuesday 5 February 2008) by the Government’s
Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

So it’s official then – Seroxat/Paxil is linked to suicide.

But wait – in a Panorama interview in April 2003, GlaxoSmithKline’s own spokesman, the one and only Alastair Benbow told us (in no uncertain terms):

“The evidence, however, is clear, these [Seroxat/Paxil] medicines are not linked with suicide, these medicines are not linked with an increased rate of self harm.”

And in ‘E-mails from the edge’ a Panorama programme broadcast in May 2003, Benbow once again defended Seroxat. He said “Whilst self-harm and suicidal thoughts are clearly a feature of depression, they have not been shown in carefully done studies to be a feature of treatment with these [Seroxat/Paxil] medicines.”

Now, remind me again Alastair – where did you put those “carefully done studies” that show Seroxat treatment is not associated with suicidal thoughts.

I think we would all like to see them – in fact, why didn’t you show them to the MHRA before it decided to add the new warnings to the patient information leaflet?


3 Responses to “Seroxat increases suicidal thinking – it’s official – 2: Alastair Benbow weighs in”

  1. truthman30 Says:

    It seems to me that the MHRA and the FDA regulators sit on negative data for a very long time before releasing it or acting upon it (if they do at all)…

    Why do they not warn the public about these dangers immediately? ..
    People die because of an apparant lack of concern about when negative data is released… This is crazy behaviour ..

  2. Matthew Holford Says:

    Well, Mr Admin, words are such tricky things. It is possible, for example, that Ali B is using a different meaning for the phrase “carefully done studies” than might usually be attributed to those words.

    As such, “done” might mean “stitched up”. So, rather than “studies meticulously, scrupulously and honestly carried out,” we now have “studies that have had the results routinely doctored, in an effort to have them appear to demonstrate something completely different to what we think they mean.”

    Ali B is motivated by something. When it becomes apparent what that thing is, his meaning will become clear enough. In the meantime, I’m just going to ridicule the Worshipful Company’s every utterance!


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