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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Local Boy in the Photograph









And all the friends lay down the flowers
Sit on the banks and drink for hours
Talk of the way they saw him last
Local boy in the photograph
Today

He's gone away

Kelly Jones - Stereophonics


The song, 'Local Boy in the Photograph', originated from a newspaper article about a boy from Flint in North Wales, who committed suicide by jumping in front of a train.

I like the Stereophonics.

The photograph above the lyrics was first aired publicly by David Healy. A quite brilliant insight into Study 329 was shared by Healy to an audience (Video below). The photograph, a simple cunning plan by GlaxoSmithKlime management to keep employees away from the truth, more importantly, to detract them from believing a series of Panorama programmes aired by the BBC, presented (and investigated) by pint-sized ankle-biter, Shelley Jofre.

I like David Healy.

I like Shelley Jofre.


I dislike GlaxoSmithKline.


Healy's presentation, The Famous Grouse review of the history of Study 329, is jaw-dropping. I normally skip presentations by Healy because I assume it's an old one, and I have seen all of his previous ones on YouTube. I think David Healy pretty much knows that he would be preaching to the choir if I attended his presentations.

The Famous Grouse review of the history of Study 329 is different in as much that Healy offers information almost as a teaser, that tease delivered with a glint in the eye, an all knowing eye that has, along with other astute academics, revisited Study 329 and have gained access to the raw data that was never seen by ghostwriter, Sally K. Laden and the Study 329 authors who were, and to an extent still are, the bees knees when it comes to matters of pediatric depression. All were paid handsomely by GSK to lend their names to the 329 review, each and everyone of them have been approached and asked to support a retraction of the review, all have declined.

I dislike the authors and ghostwriters of 329.


Healy's talk set my pulse racing, a maze of pharmaceutical and academical greed hiding suicidal behaviour in children and adolescents just so a drug (Paxil) could be aimed at children. There are many instigators behind this whole debacle - Alistair Benbow (the former GSK Head of Psychiatry who once tried to sue me) also makes it onto Healy's slideshow presentation - it leaves you in no doubt that Benbow erred when interviewed by BBC journalist Shelley Jofre - question is, was Benbow lying, as some would suggest, or was he fed the wrong information from the hierarchy at GSK?  Did Benbow play the part of Pinocchio in front of millions of TV viewers or was he merely your average dummy, complete with fist up his backside, speaking on information given to him?

329 is a stain on GSK and, as Healy presents it, raised red flags for Shelley Jofre when she read it. Something didn't quite sit right with her and much of the plaudits should be sent in her direction because without Jofre's gut instinct we would all be sitting here today wondering why so many depressed kids were killing themselves. I truly believe Jofre's tenacity has kept that figure down.

And what of the boy in the photograph?

You may throw your coffee mug at your screen when learning through Healy's presentation how GSK used a photograph of a youngster to play down the risk of suicide in teenagers to their employees. The photograph, just one in a series of four, all appear in the presentation and it, to me at least, highlights the fact that Jofre got to them and she got to them big time.

The video lasts for about an hour. This, ladies and gentlemen is reality TV.









Restoring Study 329 website here.


Bob Fiddaman.



Hat tip - The Truthman.







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