Monsanto Roundup Lawsuit

Monday, January 29, 2007

GSK'S MOUTHPIECE A LIAR? YOU DECIDE



"There is no reliable evidence that Seroxat can cause addiction"


"Addiction is characterised by a number of different criteria which includes craving, which includes increasing the dose of drug to get the same effect and a number of other features, and these are not exhibited by Seroxat."


"I think what parents would be more worried about is the risk that their children have of committing suicide and other symptoms of severe depression if no treatment was available. I think parents would want treatments to be properly evaluated during clinical trials before their children are given any medicine."


"Anybody who suffers side effects of any sort I feel every sympathy for, but that does have to be balanced by the enormous benefit that is seen by many millions of patients around the world."


"We take every single safety report seriously. Absolutely every single one. And anybody… my heart goes out to anybody who experiences any of the symptoms of depression or the side effects related to the treatment of course."


"We are strengthening the information on side effects, particularly on stopping, so that there is greater clarity in terms of the exact wording"


"Addiction is characterised by a number of different criteria which includes craving, which includes increasing the dose of drugs to get the same effect, and a number of other features and these are not exhibited by Seroxat"


"The evidence, however, is clear, these medicines are not linked with suicide, these medicines are not linked with an increased rate of self harm"


"...if you imagine a school of more than a thousand children all of whom are deeply troubled by depression, less than a small class size would have these suicidal thoughts or attempts, so it's a small but important signal…"


"Whilst self-harm and suicidal thoughts are clearly a feature of depression, they have not been shown in carefully done studies to be a feature of treatment with these medicines."


"Now not everybody who tragically takes their own life will say to people: "I'm feeling suicidal, I'm going to kill myself." In fact many people who have decided that they're going to do that, deliberately withhold that information from their friends and family."


"We have been asked by the regulatory authorities to provide all our information related to suicides and I can tell you the data that we provide to them clearly shows no link between Seroxat and an increased risk of suicide – no link."


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