NY Attorney General Sues Glaxo on Paxil
NEW YORK (Reuters) -
N.Y. state Attorney General Eliot
Spitzer said on Wednesday he sued British pharmaceuticals group
GlaxoSmithKline Plc, claiming fraud over its antidepressant
The lawsuit alleges that starting in 1998, Glaxo engaged in
a concerted effort to withhold negative information about Paxil
and misrepresented data concerning its safety and efficacy in
children and adolescents.
The suit claims Glaxo conducted at least five studies on
the use of Paxil in children and adolescents but published only
one, which had mixed results. It claims the company suppressed
negative results from the other studies, which did not show
that Paxil worked and may even have suggested an increased risk
Glaxo officials were not immediately available for comment.
In the suit, filed in N.Y. State Supreme Court in
Manhattan, Spitzer asked that Glaxo give up all profits
obtained through the claimed misconduct.
The suit also claims Glaxo misrepresented the results of
its research to its sales representatives, saying it had
"remarkable efficacy and safety in the treatment of adolescent
More than 2 million prescriptions for Paxil were written
for children and adolescents in the United States in 2002, even
though the drug is approved by U.S. regulators only to treat
adult depression. Physicians, however, have the ability to
prescribe Paxil for children.
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