UK Health Dept/ British Prime Minister/ Issue Statement Warning
No PAXIl for Children!
Tue, 10 Jun 2003
UK GOVERNMENT STATEMENT:
SEROXAT MUST NOT BE USED FOR TREATMENT OF CHILDREN WITH DEPRESSION ADVISORY: IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT PATIENTS TAKING SEROXAT DO NOT SUDDENLY DISCONTINUE USE OF THE DRUG. ANY CHANGES MUST TAKE PLACE UNDER MEDICAL SUPERVISION. PLEASE REFLECT THIS POSITION IN REPORTS
The scandal surrounding the suppression of data about the severe adverse drug related side-effects linked to SSRIs, has reached a crescendo– at least–in Britain. (see avalanche of press reports below)
After a two-week review into Seroxat (PAXIL) and other SSRI anti-depressants by the UK government’s Medicine’s and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, concluded: “It has become clear that the benefits of Seroxat in children for the treatment of depressive illnesses do not outweigh the risks.”
The agency reviewed data from nine studies – based on more than 1,000 children – which “had shown that the risk of suicidal thoughts and self harm was two to three times greater among those on Seroxat compared to those on a placebo drug.”
The British Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement today warning doctors against prescribing Seroxat (PAXIL) for children.
Below are links to the press reports.
The Alliance for Human Research Protection requests the US Food and Drug Administration to immediately investigate this lethal health hazard.
PRESS Statement from 10 Downing Street:
Young people advised not to use Seroxat
Wales – Western Mail:
Seroxat warning to under-18s Jun 10 2003
The Financial Times:
UK advises against GSK’s Seroxat for children
WARNING ON SAFETY OF SEROXAT FOR YOUNG
Forbes (re Reuters):
UK says U.S. FDA evaluating data on GSK’s Seroxat
GSK faces fresh Seroxat woe
Seroxat "not suitable for children"
TheStreet com (financial site?)
Clinnix Pro: http://www.clinnixpro.net/news/article.php?id=2145
TV Channel 4: http://www.channel4.com/news/2003/06/week_2/10_pill.html
SKY NEWS update: http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30400-12343716,00.html
AND TODAY’s LINKS ALREADY PLACED ON THIS SITE earlier:
ITV NEWS: http://www.itv.com/news/429246.html
THE INDEPENDENT: http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/health/story.jsp?story=414121
BBC RADIO LINK (probably only available today): http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/today/listenagain/