So, we all know how Glaxo failed to show the efficacy and safety of Paxil use in kids, we all know how they buried data and hired a ghostwriter to dupe doctor's, journal editor's and parents of kids. Basically, a suicide link was seen in the clinical trials, Glaxo covered it up. We all know how Glaxo reps were given carte blanche by executives at Glaxo to pay doctor's large sums of money, carefully disguised as preceptorship's and/or fees for attending and sitting on advisory boards. All this on top of the lavish weekend breaks for doctor's and, in some instances, their partners.
That's business, eh folks?
The following is a letter from the FDA's Division of Drug Marketing, Advertising and Communications [DDMAC] to GlaxoSmithKline warning them about their promotional activities regarding Paxil and children.
Remember, Glaxo had not got a licence for Paxil in children, none the less they saw fit to push it on them in the despicable way.
Basically, Glaxo distributed a T-shirt during a Health Fair function at the Children's Advocacy Center of Brevard in Brevard, Florida. The front of the T-shirt saw the logo and name of the Children's Advocacy Center, while the back of the T-shirt saw the claim "Multiple Symptoms, One Solution" followed by the Paxil logo.
Here's the letter, courtesy of the Drug Industry Document Archive, from the FDA to Eloise R. Scott, D.V.M. Associate Director, U.S. Regulatory Affairs at Glaxo, formerly Smithktine Beecham Pharmaceuticals.