Thursday, August 16, 2007
At least the PR arm is working well at Astra Zeneca!!
Thanks to this post on Experimental Chimp blog, Pharmalyst recently became aware of how someone on the Astra Zeneca corporate network (someone in PR perhaps?) made some mods to the wikipedia entry on Seoquel.
Here is the before version:
"Quetiapine has the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and international approvals for the treatment of schizophrenia, treatment as an adjunct to either Lithium or Divalproex, and acute mania in bipolar disorder. Quetiapine was first approved by the FDA in 1997. In October 2006, Seroquel was also approved by the FDA for the treatment of depressive episodes associated with Bipolar I (or Bipolar-II) Disorder and is the only agent approved for this indication as a single agent monotherapy. Despite a general National Institutes of Health recommendation against its use in children or those under 18, as well as a known risk that teenagers taking the drug “may be more likely to think about harming or killing themselves or to plan or try to do so”, Seroquel is controversially marketed to parents of moody and irritable teenagers in magazines such as Parade and TV Guide…"
Now here is the after version:
"SEROQUEL is indicated for the treatment of schizophrenia as well as for the treatment of acute manic episodes associated with bipolar I disorder, as either monotherapy or adjunct therapy to lithium or divalproex. SEROQUEL received its initial indication from the FDA for treatment of Schizophrenia in 1997. In 2004, it received its second indication for the treatment of Mania associated Bipolar Disorder. Seroquel is controversially marketed to parents of moody and irritable teenagers in magazines such as Parade and TV Guide…"
Wikiscanner reports, you decide. Wikiscanner is a new app started by a UCal graduate student that attempts to match Wikipedia edits to the networks those edits originate from. NPR's morning edition did a good segment on this today morning which you can listen to here.