JP Garnier does what other GSK employees did – simply refuses to answer difficult questions about Seroxat

On BBC radio yesterday JP Garnier was interviewed – and I use the word in the loosest possible sense.

Once the going got tough (when the questioning turned to Seroxat) Garnier simply refused to answer questions put to him – in the same way that GSK employees refused to co-operate with the MHRA’s recent criminal investigation into the company. Then he walked out, after ending the interview saying “I’m not interested in answering this question.”

It seems Garnier thinks the Seroxat problem is all over and done with and he doesn’t have to bother with public concerns anymore…


I missed the radio broadcast yesterday, as I’m sure many of you did… but thanks to the internet we can all listen to JP throwing his toys out of the pram… again and again and again…

Just press play!

The Seroxat questioning starts at 3.36.

And this is now Garnier’s performance was seen by the Times:

GlaxoSmithKline chief executive Jean-Pierre Garnier leaves Today programme in a huff

Jean-Pierre Garnier, the GlaxoSmithKline chief executive, probably expected an easy ride when he appeared on Radio 4’s Today to puff the firm’s anti-bird flu vaccine. He didn’t get it. James Naughtie laid into an increasingly furious Garnier about the criticism that GSK came in for over Seroxat, the antidepressant drug linked to suicides among children. “Does this mean that all the information GSK holds on the development of Seroxat will be put in the public domain?” Naughtie asked. This comprised “millions of documents, millions”, Garnier countered, saying that all had been made available to watchdogs.

Naughtie pressed him further. “I’m not interested in answering this question. We’ve dealt with this subject. Thank you for taking the time to hear about the [bird flu] pandemic.” And Garnier was off. It might not have helped that Naughtie referred to a man who clearly takes himself very seriously as “Jean-Paul Garnier”.

2 Responses to “JP Garnier does what other GSK employees did – simply refuses to answer difficult questions about Seroxat”

  1. truthman30 Says:

    This interview is facinating..
    Personally I found it amusing that the BBC interviewers name is “Naughtie” ..
    Could it be anymore ironic?

  2. truthman30 Says:

    Is JP Garnier a Sociopath?
    The attitude displayed in this interview certainly fits the criteria of sociopathic behavior..

    Profile of the Sociopath
    This website summarizes some of the common features of descriptions of the behavior of sociopaths.

    Glibness and Superficial Charm

    Manipulative and Conning
    They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.

    Grandiose Sense of Self
    Feels entitled to certain things as “their right.”

    Pathological Lying
    Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.

    Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt
    A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.

    Shallow Emotions
    When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.

    Incapacity for Love

    Need for Stimulation
    Living on the edge. Verbal outbursts and physical punishments are normal. Promiscuity and gambling are common.

    Callousness/Lack of Empathy
    Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others’ feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them.

    Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature
    Rage and abuse, alternating with small expressions of love and approval produce an addictive cycle for abuser and abused, as well as creating hopelessness in the victim. Believe they are all-powerful, all-knowing, entitled to every wish, no sense of personal boundaries, no concern for their impact on others.

    Early Behavior Problems/Juvenile Delinquency
    Usually has a history of behavioral and academic difficulties, yet “gets by” by conning others. Problems in making and keeping friends; aberrant behaviors such as cruelty to people or animals, stealing, etc.

    Not concerned about wrecking others’ lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed.

    Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle
    Tends to move around a lot or makes all encompassing promises for the future, poor work ethic but exploits others effectively.

    Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility
    Changes their image as needed to avoid prosecution. Changes life story readily.

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