Journal Chooses Not to Retract “Misleading” Paxil Study Despite Criminal Conviction


The Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has chosen not to retract Martin Keller’s study of Paxil in children (“Study 329”), despite GlaxoSmithKline’s guilty plea, $3 billion settlement, the U.S. Department of Justice’s characterization of the study as “misleading” for misreporting that the clinical trial demonstrated efficacy, and accusations of “repeated and persistent fraud” associated with the research.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. Am I correct in assuming that this journal probably gets a huge amount of the money it uses to publish…..from…….could it be…..the drug companies??????? Of course they’re not going to kill the goose that lays their golden eggs for them! They know that in the end, if they hold out long enough they will prevail. If nothing happens to the people running the companies who sell these damned killing drugs, and nothing happens to the authors of a fradulant study which was written by a ghost writer, and nothing happens to the psychiatrists who keep poking these toxic drugs that cause suicide down the throats of children, then nothing is going to happen to this journal. Why should they be held accountable and have to face the music when no one else involved in this chicanery and flim flammery will ever face have to take responsibility? What is truly sad is that right this very moment, any number of children are being put on these toxic drugs and many of them will kill themselves as a result. But our soceity doesn’t care. It would rather sit comfortably in its cognitive dissonance with its head in the sand, singing “tra-la-la-la everything is wonderful, be sure to take your meds!” But my anger is obviously a sign that I’m probably “mentally ill” and need some of the toxic drugs to make me feel better! It’s totally disgusting.

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