How Could Drug Companies be so Evil?


By Dr. Joseph Mercola

According to the first comprehensive scientific review to include all available studies, including negative data that have long been withheld from public scrutiny by the pharmaceutical industry, four popular antidepressants being used to treat thousands of depressed American children are unsafe, ineffective or both. Those antidepressants are:

  • Paxil
  • Zoloft
  • Effexor
  • Celexa

This is damning evidence of the drug companies' patent disregard for the safety of humans and focus on profits. GlaxoSmithKline was found to be concealing evidence that shows that these drugs do not benefit children in any way and only increase their risk of killing themselves. This was confirmed in an article in the Canadian Medical Journal.

Fortunately, the British medical journals are far more responsive than the American ones. The Lancetís editorial states:

  • Research on SSRIs in children is marked by confusion, manipulation, and institutional failure.
  • In a global medical culture where evidence-based practice is seen as the gold standard for care, these failings are a disaster.
  • How confident is society that similar failings will not occur on a larger scale in the future?
  • Changes are required at every level of the global health-care infrastructure
  • Despite these findings, the FDA continues to support these worthless antidepressants by claiming the failed trials donít necessarily mean the drugs are ineffective. Data has also confirmed that taking SSRIs werenít any better for you than taking a placebo.

Folks, if this doesn't make you fighting mad, what will?

Just sit down and think about it for a moment. Drug companies do the research and learn that the drugs don't work, yet are willing to sell and market them to children even when it is clear that they are causing many children to commit suicide.

Unpublished studies of venlafaxine suggested the drug increased suicide-related events such as suicidal thoughts or attempts by 14 times compared with placebo. This is reprehensible and despicable behavior equivalent to any third-world dictator.

How can anyone possibly support this approach?