Big Pharma's antidepressant lies put kids' lives on the line
Anyone willing to risk the lives of children to make money shouldn't be in medicine.
They should be in prison!
I doubt the folks who make the antidepressant drug Paxil will ever be put behind bars, but that's exactly where those crooks belong -- because they sold America on a deadly lie that hurt and may have even killed kids.
And a horrific new study reveals they likely knew the risks all along.
In 2002, GlaxoSmithKline (then called SmithKline Beecham) cranked out marketing materials claiming a study found the drug safe and effective in adolescents and teens. Sales exploded, shooting up by 36 percent as docs wrote some 2 million Paxil prescriptions just for teens in one year alone.
By 2004, the drug and others like it were slapped with a warning label saying they can cause younger patients to kill themselves.
But as the new study shows, the company likely knew long before 2004.
The very study they used to sell the drug -- the same research they claimed "proved" the drug to be safe and effective in kids -- actually found just the opposite to be true.
It didn't beat the placebo in youths, and it caused kids to become suicidal at a shockingly high rate, because researchers who combed through the original data found that 12 of the 93 kids given the drug showed suicidal behavior.
"This is a very high rate of kids going on to become suicidal," lead author David Healy told the Guardian. "It doesn't take expertise to find this. It takes extraordinary expertise to avoid finding it."
"It's hard to think there wasn't some mischief being done," lead researcher Jon Jureidini told the Washington Post.
The "mischief" in this case is a shocking cover-up exposed by the raw data: most of those 12 suicidal kids were mislabeled, put into other less serious categories.
Five suicidal teens were listed as "emotional liability," including one who was hospitalized due to a suicide attempt. Another swallowed 80 Tylenols... but still wasn't listed as a suicide attempt.
So instead of listing 12 suicidal kids, the researchers claimed there were only five -- a fabrication that undoubtedly had tragic consequences.
Today, Paxil is no longer given to kids. But other drugs are, and they're not a whole lot better because they do nothing to address the real cause of mood disorders in teens.
Usually, it's some combination of hormones -- which are already going through the roller coaster of adolescence -- and poor nutrition.
I've found that a back-to-basics meal plan combined with high levels of brain-friendly nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids can often help beat back depression and other mood problems in youth.
If there's an adolescent in your own life battling depression, work closely with a holistic pediatrician experienced in nondrug therapies.