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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Paxil [Seroxat] "more powerful a teratogen than cocaine"







Quite an alarming statement, wouldn't you agree? Nonetheless it comes from the opening statement in the Kilker v GlaxoSmithKline trial.

Firstly, the definition of the word, 'teratogen' is thus:

a drug or other substance capable of interfering with the development of a fetus, causing birth defects. [1]

Doctor Sloot is a European doctor who works for Shearing Plough.

The following was taken from the court transcript in the current Kilker v GlaxoSmithKline trial, currently on-going in Philadelphia, US. [2]

"In May of this year, 2009, a study was published by Doctor Sloot. The study said this.

What Doctor Sloot did is, he took Paxil and all the other reuptake inhibitors and he exposed rat fetuses to these 12 different drugs, including Paxil. And what Shearing Plough was trying to figure out, what they were trying to do was figure out whether one of the drugs that they were going to put on the market to compete with GSK's drug was capable of causing birth defects. And so they took the drug they were going to take to market, and before they took it to market, they did this test. And they compared it to all the other SSRIs. Because, as you will learn, GSK never did this test.

What Doctor Sloot discovered in May of this year is that out of all the teratogen, out of all the SSRIs, the 12, only one was a clear teratogen, Paxil. He discovered that Paxil in May of this year was actually more powerful a teratogen than cocaine.

It would be safer, according to Doctor Sloot's study, to take cocaine than it would be to take Paxil while you were pregnant.

Now, Shearing Plough, quite rightly, took their drug that they were thinking about taking to market to compete with Paxil, and even though it was just a possible teratogen, they scrapped their plans to take it to market and decided the risk was not worth the benefit."


More revelations can be found if you read the documents for yourselves. For the record, GlaxoSmithKline's arguments are featured in the documents and it is up to the reader to decide fact from fiction. The documents are now in the public domain and will no doubt cause much debate.


[1] http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/teratogen

[2]
9/15/09 AM: Opening Statements

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