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A Book Review—Children of the Cure: Missing Data, Lost Lives and Antidepressants

Subjecting children to antidepressant drugs that did not outperform sugar pills and that increased suicidality would seem to have been an ill-advised medical intervention for unhappy kids. But that’s what happened when GlaxoSmithKline promoted pediatric use of paroxetine, popularly known as Paxil. David Healy and his co-authors provide an insider view of just how this happened. As a model of manipulated science, the story of GlaxoSmithKline’s pediatric Paxil Study 329 just won’t die.  The reason for this is that the drug maker’s behavior was so egregious one couldn’t look away.  Like the tobacco companies, they went after kids to make big money, failed and then tried to cover it up.   Now the truth is out.  It took approximately twenty years for the wheels of justice to grind ― slowly and against the grain of the whole orthodox medical establishment. Read more...

 

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