Problem after problem yet it still remains on the market. One would have thought that the 'norm' would be to pull a product from the shelves until it had been rigorously re-tested for the infinite amount of adverse reports coming in about it. But here we are in 2008, some 20 years after it's launch and it is still being prescribed.
Perversely, Glaxo can use this latest report as marketing spin, Seroxat can be promoted as a cure for premature ejaculation. Like all good marketing teams they can turn this negativity into spin.
For a drug that supposedly helps people with an array of mental health problems it sure does create a lot of problems along the way.
What can be more frustrating than not being able to gain an erection...and even if one does, what's even more frustrating is the wolf will knock at the door but his rat-a-tat-tat will go unnoticed.
1. a. The act of frustrating or an instance of being frustrated.
b. The state of being frustrated.
2. Something that serves to frustrate.
I think we can agree that frustration can bring about anger and maybe infidelity too. Women like to be pleasured by their partners, if their partners cannot even get aroused then suspicion steps up to the plate - it's human nature.
Seroxat was quickly launched because Glaxo [then SmithKline Beecham SKB] saw a lucrative gap in the market. Prozac was getting a bad rap from some quarters and SKB saw this as a great time to push a drug that, it seems, had not been fully tested. The minute adverse reports started appearing should have been a wake-up call for the regulators but they sat back and largely ignored patients.
It's clear now, through the power of the Internet and media, that Seroxat has been responsible for children and adults killing themselves, for causing severe withdrawal problems, it may even be responsible for causing acts of violence. It is abundantly clear to me that Seroxat is not the saviour that SKB would have liked us all to believe when they pushed it on to the shelves all those years ago. Back then, they blamed Pharma rivals, Lilly, for muck spreading. It seems when anyone speaks out against this particular SSRi GlaxoSmithKline have either defended it with ghost written articles from fraudulent psychiatrists, defended it by using spokespersons employed by them or threatened people with legal action if they dare speak out against it.
In and out of court in the United States they have settled Paxil [Seroxat] litigation by paying claimants but restricting what these claimants can tell the press with gagging orders. Court documents have been sealed under file to keep the truth from the public, files that could sway your doctor's decision whether or not to prescribe you Seroxat.
And here we have the likes of me, banging the drum to tell our regulator [MHRA] that there is a problem with Seroxat [and SSRi's in general]. On that front, I am pleased that Kent Woods, the CEO of the MHRA, is now aware of the problems as are his staff at MHRA HQ. Some may say that he should have known years ago, my thoughts on this are crystal clear, the MHRA's Yellow Card reporting system DOES NOT work. It is old fashioned and about as useful as an electric blanket made from chocolate.
One cannot miss the fact that the MHRA have failed along the way to take patient reporting seriously. Their board are stuck in the 1960's, still sticking to MCA [Later to become MHRA] policies. The MHRA need an injection of new blood, new talent, open minded folk who will listen and act upon patient reports, fears. The MHRA HQ in London quite literally has cobwebs growing on cobwebs. It's hard to verbally attack stubborn people because the more you attack and tell them that they are wrong, the more stubborn they become. Sir Alasdair Breckenridge, Chairman of the MHRA, is a classic example. He, along with others at the MHRA, are stuck in a time warp where secrecy should be kept within the walls of MHRA HQ because that secrecy hides the failings and poor operations of these stubborn individuals.
So, here we have another paper regarding SSRi's and sexual dysfunction, another paper with another adverse reaction. It won't ruffle the fathers of GlaxoSmithKline, same way telling a murderous psychopath that killing is wrong, I see GSK as an entity, an entity that is a walking, talking psychopath. I see certain members of the MHRA board as diciples for Pharma who, over the years, have been brainwashed into believing that patient opinion means nothing. It's time for those individuals to sweep off the dust and step into the 21st century and come to terms with the fact that it is we who experience the effects of these drugs and not the Pharmacology Departments at Pharmaceutical companies such as GlaxoSmithKline.
There is... and always has been a problem with Seroxat.
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