According to a new analysis of the original 2001 study, Paxil is not safe for teenagers. The latest information was published in the BMJ journal, a popular medical journal. GlaxoSmithKline, the company that made Paxil, stands by its initial conclusions.
GlaxoSmithKline said they gave the necessary data for reanalysis and they are committed to being transparent. A team reviewed the files, internal reports and patient data regarding the trial. The results reveal that Paxil is not clearly effective and there was a mislabeling of troubling side effects, including suicidal tendencies in teens who participated in the Paxil trial.
Since the 2001 publication, the Paxil trial was controversial. It is still not clear who may be at risk when taking Paxil since many people throughout the years have participated in violent actions like suicide while on or withdrawing from Paxil. The risk for adults ages 25 and up is lessened and Paxil is thought to be beneficial for this group.
Not long after GlaxoSmithKline’s study was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, skeptics started critiquing it, alleging that side effects of Paxil were downplayed and the data was not convincing. Warnings were put on Paxil labels, along with similar medications.
However, many antidepressant medications were prescribed to teenagers after the original study came out. Once warnings were put on the boxes, the surge slowed.
While it may seem alarming that this new information was published, it could be a positive sign that people are becoming more aware and checking their work, according to Brian Nosek, professor of psychology at the University of Virginia.
If your teenager was injured because he or she took Paxil, the law firm of Peterson & Associates is available to help you. By calling us, you can speak to a representative who will explain to you how you can schedule a free legal consultation with a dangerous drug attorney right away.