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Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Paul Duckett fails to mention the obvious scientology links to Fiddaman & seroxat USER group litigation - why, whats he got to hide?

This is a message in reply to Paul Cotterill's call for help with spending a Trust fund. I was going to send my message straight to Paul, but then I thought others on this list might need/want to hear about SUG.;%20charset=iso-8859-1&pending=

Paul, well done for speaking up at the board of trustees meeting. Remarkable how radical sympathisers are out there in the most unexpected places. Your posting made me think of SUG.

Seroxat User Group (SUG) ( are a small, largely underfunded (surviving on just a couple of hundred pounds a year from private donations) organisation that supports people who have experienced ill effects from taking Seroxat (an SSRI anti-depressant) and seeks to ensure people are provided with adequate information on all the possible effects of taking the drug before they receive their perscription. As well as offering support to Seroxat users/survivors, the group is simultaneously seeking to take legal action against the drug manufacturer (GlaxoSmithKline). The legal action concerns GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)'s witholding of clinical data that showed the company knew about Seroxat's toxic effects (including increased incidence of violent thoughts and behaviour towards self and others) and lack of clinical efficacy (performs no better than placebo in treating 'psychiatric conditions'). Moreoever, SUG are working to hold the government to account for not adequately protecting the public against GSK.

Some of you who are based in the UK may remember a couple of BBC Panorama programmes on GSK and Serxoat. For those who haven't seen the programmes, you can view a 6min YouTube synopsis at or access the whole documentary from a link on the SUG website [].

Thus, SUG are trying to take legal action against GSK both through taking out private citizen class action suits (which is difficult following the changes to Legal Aid in the UK that mean pro bono legal support is now much harder to obtain for those wanting to litigate against multi-national corporations) and through the government's Medicine and Health Care Products Regulatory Agency [MHRA] (which is difficult because MHRA have ties with the Department of Trade and Industry (now known as the Dept. for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) whose remit is to ensure the UK is a good place for companies like GSK to do business. Indeed, the MHRA legal investigation into GSK (MHRA were in effect forced into conducting a legal investigation following successful legal action in the USofA taken against GSK over the withholding of clinical data on Seroxat [aka Paxil] ) has now been running for over four years. MHRA have told SUG that they will not publically disclose the nature of the investigation nor publically disclose when (if!) the investigation might reach a conclusion.

Considering the massively powerful corporation they are confronting (GSK), it is remarkable how SUG have survived for as long as they have. Indeed, perhaps it is because SUG are taking on such a powerful, highly litigious multi-national pharmaceutical corporation that it is virtually impossible for them to get funding or government support.

Paul, I wonder if the funding you mention could be used to help such hard to fund organisations that are seeking social justice through holding corporations and government to account for state-corporate created and supported crime and social harm (ie., such groups are hard to fund because they are confronting head-on very powerful organisations whose tentacles of patronage and influence run long and deep into our economic, political and judicial systems). I am not pleading a special case for the Seroxat User Group (actually, that's a lie, I actually am because because I really believe in this group and desparately want to find support for them) but I thought it might be useful for you when you are writing up your paper - i.e., gives a concrete example of a group that is radical by virtue of being beligerent in pursuing it's agenda for social justice in the face of being crushed by an extremely powerful multinational corporation (e.g., GSK's pre-tax profits for the second quarter of 2007 was 1.89 billion pounds). Moreover, it is a group that has been left largely unprotected by governmental institutions (that are supposed to provide its citizens with statutory protection against harm) perhaps because of the degree to which this group's call for social justice threatens the economic and political status quo (challenging government institutions that pursue an agenda concerned with expanding UK economic growth and interests at the expense of local and global social justice). In this regard, though those who organise SUG do not identify themselves as radicals, SUG's activities and aims are among the most radical and socially progressive I have come across in my short life as a critical and community psychologist.


Paul Duckett

Division of Psychology and Social Change

Manchester Metropolitan University


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