So, we know about Paxil and it's propensity to increase suicidal thoughts, we know it is a teratogen and has caused birth defects, we know that it has been the cause of completed suicides, we know that it causes severe withdrawal for many that try to come off it.
Surely we know all there is to know about Glaxo's toxic wonder drug? Apparently not.
A new study has identified paroxetine as having a weak estrogenic effect, which could promote breast cancer in women.
Don't you just love the folk over at GSK, what's the chances that they knew about this link and sat on it?
The Los Angeles Times ran the story yesterday.
Melissa Healy writes...
A team of researchers from the City of Hope in Duarte has developed a speedy way to identify drugs and chemicals that can disrupt the balance of sex hormones in human beings and influence the development and progress of diseases such as breast cancer.
In a trial screening of 446 drugs in wide circulation, the new assay singled out the popular antidepressant paroxetine (better known by its commercial name, Paxil) as having a weak estrogenic effect that could promote the development and growth of breast tumors in women.
Last summer, the Food and Drug Administration approved the marketing of a low dose of paroxetine repackaged under the commercial name Brisdelle as a nonhormonal treatment for hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms.
For more about the Paxil in disguise, Brisdelle, read Shionogi to Co-Promote Paroxetine Use in Menopausal Women
Nothing really surprises me anymore about Paxil. The only thing that really astounds me is that it's still being given a clean bill of health by drug regulators around the world. Mind you, when you learn that the drug regualtors are actually funded by the pharmaceutical industry it really shouldn't surprise anyone.
It's all about making money folks. So what if men, women and children kill themselves, so what if babies are born with limbs missing, so what if women are forced to abort their deformed children, so what if it causes horrific withdrawal problems...so what it it increases a woman's chance of developing breast cancer.
GlaxoSmithKline's corporate tagline is... GlaxoSmithKline is a global healthcare company that is committed to helping people to do more, feel better and live longer.
The British drug regulator, the MHRA, also have a laughable tagline... We protect and improve the health of millions of people every day through the effective regulation of medicines and medical devices, underpinned by science and research.