Antidepressants Labeled Unsafe After Recent Study Reveals The Shocking Truth About The Medical Industry


As study recently published in the British Medical Journal by researchers at the Nordic Cochrane Center in Copenhagen, has strongly reaffirmed the disturbing corruption that plagues the medical industry.

In the past, we have brought you a number of reports that have highlighted the level of corruption in the medical industry—Monsanto being one of the largest corporations known to influence research, medical studies and university professors.

In this most recent example, the study showed that the pharmaceutical companies had not disclosed all the information regarding the results of their trial. According to reports, “pharmaceutical companies were not presenting the full extent of serious harm in clinical study reports, which are detailed documents sent to regulatory authorities such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) when applying for approval of a new drug.”

After examining the documents of 70 double-blind, placebo-controlled trials of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) and serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRI), researchers discovered that the full extent of serious harm in clinical study reports went unreported.

“We found that a lot of the appendices were often only available upon request to the authorities, and the authorities had never requested them,” said Tamang Sharma, a PhD student at Cochrane and lead author of the study. “I’m actually kind of scared about how bad the actual situation would be if we had the complete data.”

“[This study] confirms that the full degree of harm of antidepressants is not reported,” said Joanna Moncrieff, a psychiatrist and researcher at University College London. “They are not reported in the published literature, we know that – and it appears that they are not properly reported in clinical study reports that go to the regulators and from the basis of decisions about licensing.”

The harsh reality is these large multinational corporations have their finger in almost every pie in the medical industry. The reason for this: no one in the medical industry has any money. The governments do not have any money, universities don’t have any money and the health organisations don’t have any money. These large multinational corporations are the only ones who have money. As a result, these corporations use their money to influence the medical establishment. But at what cost?

Image: Flickr, Sander van der Wel
Image: Flickr, Sander van der Wel

More than 1 out of 10 Americans over the age of 12—roughly 11 percent—take antidepressants, according to a 2011 report by the National Center for Health Statistics. Once you parallel this statistic to the findings that were not disclosed to regulatory authorities—the occurrence of suicidal thoughts and aggressive behaviour doubled in children and adolescents who used the medications previously mentioned—you can grasp the seriousness of this undoubtable game of corruption.

We really don’t have good enough evidence that antidepressants are effective and we have increasing evidence that they can be harmful. So we need to go into reverse and stop this increasing trend of prescribing [them],” said Moncrieff.

In 2001, a trial of the antidepressant drug Paxil (paroxetine), funded by GlaxoSmithKline, concluded that the drugs were safe to consume. The results of this trial were then used to market Paxil as safe for teenagers; however, just a few months ago, an independent review of the drugs found that they were not safe for teenagers.

To make matters worse, the corrupt practices that often infringe on a large percentage of the medical studies that take place, have been common knowledge to those in the industry for more than a decade.

In fact, in his article Why Most Published Research Findings Are False—the most widely accessed article in the history of the Public Library of Science—John Loannisis, an epidemiologist at Stanford University School of Medicine and co-author of the study, states that “most current published research findings are false.” Since its publication, which was more than 10 years ago, the level of corruption has only increased.

The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness,said Dr. Richard Horton, the current Editor-In- Chief of one of the most reputable reviewed medical journals in the world.

Over the past few year, Dr. Peter Gotzsche, co-founder of the Cochrane Collaboration (the world’s most foremost body in assessing medical evidence), has been working to inform the world about the dangers associated with several pharmaceutical grade drugs—antidepressants being among them.

Since conducting his research, Professor Gotzsche has estimated that 100,000 people in the United States alone die from the side-effects of correctly used prescription drugs each year.

According to Professor Gotzsche, here’s a list of things you want to avoid:

    • Antidepressants
    • All brain-active drugs in children
    • Anti-psychotics and other brain-active drugs for the elderly.
    • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs used for arthritis, muscle pain and headaches, including over-the-counter, low dose ibuprofen.
    • Mammography screening
    • Drugs for urinary incontinence

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  1. Without these drugs, my depression makes my life not worth living. The symptoms of depression are not just mental, like sadness or lake of motivation, bit physical, like painting and sleep disorders. Make all study material available? Yes. Inform people of risks. Yes. Take it off the n arjet? Please don’t.

  2. I understand the importance of this message and where it was leading to but it never quite got there… to the end that is. Im not satisfied and would like to no more about what was being said over and over.

  3. The horrific side effects of coming off these drugs is not told to people who are being prescribed them, they are really bad for your health !

  4. Hundreds of thousands of psychiatrsts work with their patients over years and would have noticed all these awfull negative side effects. It changed my life very much for the better without any side effects. All psychiatrists can not be bought.

    This article seems to have been written to scare people or make them suspicious of the medical industry without providing ANY sources or proof. I am disgusted that Anonymous published it. You have lost any credibility that you had from me.

  5. This is nothing new. This has been happening at an alarming rate. The check to this epidemic are the plaintiff lawyers who are able to represent a fraction of people affected by adverse side effects that weren’t disclosed at the time of approval. All that happens is the drug companies pay a little money to the plaintiffs, DOJ and FDA and continue on their merry way. Shortly after releasing the next “blockbuster” treatment.

  6. I’m not surprised to hear they might be dangerous. A close friend of mine is on several anti-depressants including Paxil, and his personality has changed, he’s still suicidal, he gets dizzy to the point he has trouble walking sometimes, and has auditory hallucinations. I don’t know if it’s linked, but it gets worse every time his doctor increases his dose.

  7. Well, better functioning than dead. I don’t care whether or not my antidepressants were bad for me, they gave me the energy to deal with my depression and with life in general, which is the reason why I still exist on this planet. Of course these drugs have side effects, why do you think the commercials take up two minute blocks with a minute and a half being solely possible side effects. We are more than amply warned. On top of that mammograms are kind of important, better a false alarm than me dying of cancer, but that’s just my personal opinion.

    If you want to read the mentioned paper here’s a link (since they didn’t provide one or the title, you just have to love that credibility, maybe I’ll check the onion next to see if they have an article on this too):

    It’s a little long, sure, but the end result is nothing we didn’t already know. As a direct quote from the conclusion “… we suggest minimal use of antidepressants in children, adolescents, and young adults, as the serious harms seem to be greater, and as their effect seems to be below what is clinically relevant.” Literally nothing we didn’t know. Most disclaimers say don’t prescribe them for most children under 13 and be careful when prescribing to teens and young adults. Be careful of suicidal thoughts or actions blah blah blah if you feel these symptoms worsening talk to your doctor blah blah blah. We’ve all heard it a million times.

    “As it can be quite labour intensive to perform systematic reviews using clinical study reports, more reliable automated methods for text mining are needed, such that all data, including that from individual patient listings and case report forms, can be routinely considered.” Well yes, of course, there’s only so much one can do to monitor a clinical trial. Diet, exercise, stress levels, work environment, home life, relationships, emotional status beforehand, possible mental disorders, ALL OF THAT you cannot control. So of course clinical trials aren’t going to be an exact science, they’re meant to provide a baseline, not a monolith with the exact results carved into stone as a law of science, it just isn’t how it works.

    Maybe I’m crazy, but I’m just a young adult who has a bit of experience with these things, so what do I know? Maybe antidepressants are going to be the death of us all and ibuprofen is going to lead to my own untimely death, pardon me “low-dose ibuprofen,” but I don’t really know so I guess I’ll just leave it to those anonymous hackers and professors whose institutions “unequivocally do not share the same views” (src: who obviously know oh so much about the medical field.


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