Paxil CR Recalled, Patients Not Informed
Last month, GlaxoSmithKline recalled Paxil CR pills that were lacking the active ingredient paroxetine hydrochloride. They recalled 7.5 million pills but did not inform patients.
Doctors said the lack of a warning could mean that patients may face a sudden withdrawal that can spur suicidal thoughts, shooting pain and flu-like symptoms. The Paxil CR pills Glaxo recalled can cause severe withdrawal symptoms, said Stephen Ellen of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Peter Lurie of advocacy group Public Citizen said: "To the extent patients learn of it, they're likely to return distributed inventory and that's going to cost the company money. This way the company gets to say they did a recall, they dump the responsibility on intermediaries, and the patient most likely hears nothing."