A falsified drug study done by Glaxo-Smith Klein, claimed that the drug, paroxetine, also known as paxil or Seroxat was generally well tolerated in children and adolescents. This lead to some two-million youngsters being prescribed the pill. This study did not take in the fact that it may cause serious side effects such as suicide. A further study was done that showed the drug was no more effective than a placebo. Glaxo Smith Kline was fined 3 billion dollars for one of the biggest frauds in American Healthcare history.
- 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.
- GlaxoSmithKline was fined $3 billion for one of the biggest frauds in American healthcare history.
- Antidepressants are one of the largest pharmaceutical markets, yet it is likely that the problem of scientific fraud extends to other drugs and vaccines.
“This is but one example of pharmaceutical industry influence shaping the outcome of scientific research.”