GlaxoSmithKline occused of hiding information on suicide risk of Paxil
Analysis of recently released internal GlaxoSmithKline memos and reports is suggesting that GSK had obscured data indicating that Paxil (paroxetine), a popular and profitable antidepressant medication, produces an eightfold increase in suicide risk. GSK is accused of having engaged in obviously illegitimate scientific practices in the analysis and presentation of data so as to not display their data indicating the eightfold increase in suicide risk. What is more, they are alleged to have suppressed this knowledge of increased suicide risk for 15 years.
One might ask: How do they sleep at night? Perhaps with a pillowcase full of money…
I can’t help but ask myself, though, if the rest of us are all that innocent ourselves. While we may not have knowingly sold pharmaceuticals that we knew increased the likelihood of suicide by 800%, most of us are remarkably apathetic when it comes to demanding that our nations contribute more aid to poorer nations, improving working standards abroad, animal rights, and generally doing things to oppose the oppression and exploitation that we benefit from.