Scientific fraud uncovered in antidepressant study that claims psych drugs are safe for children

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
By Paul Martin

by: Jonathan Benson
Wednesday, November 04, 2015

A landmark study which concluded that antidepressant drug Paxil (paroxetine) was safe for use among teenagers was fraudulent, suggests a reanalysis of the previously recorded data.

The original study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) in 2001, claimed that Paxil might help young people overcome depression symptoms. New research shows, however, that it used less reliable secondary data to make false claims about the drug’s efficacy. The authors also hid key patient-level data showing that some young people taking Paxil developed serious adverse effects, like suicidal and homicidal tendencies.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) credited the original paper, which was also published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, as solid evidence that Paxil was safe for children. But the federal agency basically just took the word of GSK without actually looking at the data itself, which tells a much different story from what was published at the time.

According to The New York Times (NYT), this latest review presents a different conclusion from what was originally presented back in 2001 — that Paxil is dangerous and works no better than placebo at addressing depression symptoms. This truth, which GSK appears to have intentionally hidden from the original published data, could spell the end for Paxil.

“This paper is alarming, but its existence is a good thing,” stated University of Virginia professor of psychology Brian Nosek to the NYT. Nosek was not part of the original study or its reanalysis. “It signals that the community is waking up, checking its work and doing what science is supposed to do — self-correct.”

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