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Falsified drug studies led to millions of children receiving dangerous antidepressants

Recently a particular pharmaceutical company known as SmithKline Beecham had published a certain trial known as study three twenty nine. This particular study claimed that the drug paroxetine which is also known as Paxil or Seroxat, was well tolerated and it helped children and adolescents with depression. These claims led to around two million young people to be prescribed this drug in the next year.

    Key Takeaways:

  • …claimed that the drug paroxetine – known as Paxil or Seroxat – was “generally well tolerated” and that it helped cure depression in children and adolescents. This led to some two million youngsters being prescribed the pill in the next year alone.
  • But the study ignored the fact that the drug may cause serious side effects, including suicide. Re-analysis of Study 329 by a team of independent researchers showed the drug was no more effective than a placebo, and that the risk of harm was significant, with at least 12 out of 93 children taking the drug developing suicidal thoughts.
  • Almost 80 percent of the studies had some sort of industry tie, either through sponsorship (funding of the study), or conflicts of interest, where one or more authors were either industry employees or independent researchers receiving industry support (speaking fees, grants, etc.).

“Almost 80 percent of the studies had some sort of industry tie, either through sponsorship (funding of the study), or conflicts of interest, where one or more authors were either industry employees or independent researchers receiving industry support (speaking fees, grants, etc.).”

http://www.naturalnews.com/055137_antidepressants_children_drug_studies.html

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