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Paxil: A story about politicians, pharmacological corporations, academics, and other corrupt bastards

What: Seminar Presented by Paul Duckett

Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Where: Room L203, Building L, Victoria University Footscray Park Campus,

Cnr Ballarat and Geelong Roads, Footscray.

When: Friday 31 July

Time: 12.00 – 1.00pm

Media are invited to attend

The presenter

Dr Paul Duckett is a community psychologist who works in the fields of disability, mental health and unemployment. Paul teaches community psychology and critical psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University.


Paul will describe the work of the Seroxat and SSRI User Group in the UK. This group is fighting pharmaceutical corporation GlaxoSmithKline, the UK Government, regulatory agencies and the medical profession to secure justice and support for people harmed by the psycho-pharmaceutical industry.

GSK manufactures and markets the anti-depressant drug Paroxetine - a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) used in the treatment of, inter alia, ‘depression’ and ‘anxiety disorders’. The drug is marketed under the brand names ‘Seroxat’ in the UK and ‘Paxil’ and ‘Aropax’ in Australia and the US. In 2003, GSK was found to have withheld clinical trial data on Paroxetine that showed the drug was clinically ineffective and increased the risk of suicide in children and adolescents. GSK had, for at least five years, withheld the trial data. GSK has survived criminal prosecution attempts in the UK.

Paroxetine remains one of the world’s best selling prescription drugs, and children are still being prescribed the drug. In Australia during 2008, 4000 children under 10 years of age were prescribed Paxil and other SSRI medications. There is now evidence to suggest that Paroxetine is clinically ineffective and potentially toxic for adults as well as children. Paul will describe how, in the UK, the medical profession and the university sector have colluded with the pharmaceutical industry to promote GSK shareholder profits at the expense of public health and will explain why Paxil is prescribed by physicians rather than proscribed by politicians.


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