Expert Testimony on SSRIs

What follows is a sampling of quotes from people knowledgeable in the field of SSRIs (such as Paxil), their symptoms and side effects, and resultant lawsuits:

“A review of the scientific literature reveals that it is our drug-based paradigm of care that is fueling this epidemic. The drugs induce new and more severe psychiatric symptoms in a significant percentage of patients.”
—author Robert Whitaker, who claims that Prozac and other SSRIs
have a propensity to trigger mania or psychosis

“Reputations for sale are reputations at risk. We need to make that risk so high it’s not worth taking.”
—Fiona Godlee, editor-in-chief of the British Medical Journal, calling
for regulations to prevent the pharmaceutical industry from
improperly influencing medical researchers. This came in response
to GlaxoSmithKline’s actions regarding Paxil and Study 329.

“Psychotherapeutic drugs are the number-one class of drugs in the United States, with sales of over $23 billion in 2001 [considerably higher than drugs used to treat cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes]. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors [‘SSRIs’ —Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil, in particular] constitute a large, if not the majority, proportion of the psychotherapeutic class of drugs.”
—attorney Karen Barth-Menzies

“Suicidal people are the first to get these drugs. So how much can we know if they’re not even in the studies?”
—Dr. Joseph Glenmullen of Harvard University, asking why most
studies exclude suicidal patients from their trial groups

“More than half of these drugs [SSRIs] have very clear withdrawal symptoms that can be dangerous and go on for weeks.”
—Dr. David Healy of the University of Wales

“The SSRI litigation has also revealed that there is an ever-increasing proportion of medical journal articles that are being ghost-written by the drug companies themselves or by PR agencies with important commercial messages and the names of recruited authors (often considered to be ‘thought leaders’ in the field) inserted.”
—Karen Barth-Menzies

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