An Open Letter To Andrew Witty : CEO of GlaxoSmithKline

Posted: June 20, 2011 in Andrew Witty, GSK,CEO, Seroxat, Avandia, GlaxoSmithKlin
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Dear Mr Witty.

I have set up this blog in order to bring the issue of Seroxat to your attention. I was prescribed Seroxat in 1998 when I was just emerging into my 20’s. I was never warned of the side effects of this drug at the time. After 3 and a half years of hell on it, I suffered a long withdrawal which resulted in a viral infection, pneumonia, hellish anxiety and the absolute annihilation of my physical, mental and emotional being. The agony I suffered because of your drug is beyond words. It is an experience which deeply scarred my psyche and one which no human being should be subjected to. Your company, GSK, has added a litany of side effects since 1998, and  with every PIL update it has also increased the likelihood of these side effects. It seems to me that either GSK originally downplayed the risks of Seroxat, doctored the clinical trial results or it was inadequately tested before obtaining a license.

Panorama made 4 documentaries about the dangers of Seroxat, it is one of the most controversial drugs of the past 20 years. I would like to know when you are going to address the problems with Seroxat? There are many thousands of people still deeply affected because of Seroxat. Many people are still being prescribed a drug which causes suicide, dependence, severe withdrawal, birth defects and immeasurable physical and psychological damage. I think these people deserve an apology from either you or GSK. You state in the press how you want to change the image of GSK and the pharmaceutical industry, yet surely to begin with, you should address and atone the past wrongs of GSK. You say that the industry is often perceived to be ‘detached from society’. I do hope that you have a conscience and that you can try to understand the damage that Seroxat has caused many many people. This drug needs to be pulled, an acknowledgement of the damage it causes needs to be issued by GSK and those harmed should be listened to. If you really mean what you say, then you would make this a reality. Just to give you an example of the damage that your corporation’s drug has caused. Please read the following links.

The first one is 1,400 emails correlated by BBC Panorama some years ago, they detail the horrific effects of Seroxat

The second is an online petition signed by over 10,000 people complaining about the agonizing side effects of Seroxat.

How many people does it take to damage before you will address the problems of Seroxat Mr Witty?

You can read the rest of the links at your leisure (or just google ‘Seroxat ‘and you’ll be astounded).

Thanks ..  


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