It’s at this time of year that we all look forward to a new decade and look back on the years that have brought us to where we are today. I thought it would be useful to look back at 20 years of Glaxo spin – to review the information supplied by Glaxo over the past 20 years to patients like you and me.
The PIL – the Patient Information Leaflet is what I’m talking about.
As you download the PDFs and read them, please remember each of the leaflets is referring to EXACTLY the same drug – hard to believe.
I’m very happy to be able to supply what is a truly historic document – the very first Seroxat PIL – click on the link to download it – Original Seroxat PIL 1990.
This is a relic of a bygone age – a much simpler time for all of us. Download it and you’ll be able to read a short two page document that bears little in common with the current PIL. One thing of note is that in 1990 the PIL still stated clearly “Always keep medicine out of the reach of children. ‘Seroxat’ is not recommended for use by children.” Oh… and no mention of withdrawal.
I’ve another PIL for you to download here – Seroxat PIL 1996 – I thought I’d include this one as it is the very text I read at the time I started to take Seroxat. This has some choice phrases in it as well –
“This medicine works by bringing the levels of serotonin [in the brain] back to normal.”
“These tablets are not addictive.”
“If you stop taking your tablets too soon, your symptoms may return. Remember you cannot become addicted to to ‘Seroxat’.”
Back then I believed this – I trusted Glaxo and felt safe in the knowledge that the drug had been tested by the regulators… if only I knew then what I know now – ALL THOSE STATEMENTS ABOVE ARE LIES.
Just for comparison, here is a more recent Seroxat PIL – Seroxat PIL 2006. Please download the different versions – compare and contrast the wording – see which phrases have been carefully rewritten or removed. It’s hard to believe that the 1990 version and the 2006 version are actually referring to EXACTLY the same drug.
And finally, this the current PIL (I think) PIL.2008
I wonder what the Seroxat PIL will look like in 2015 – what will Glaxo be admitting by then, I wonder?
And by 2020…?