Eli Lilly have been testing a new anti-depressant. Screening out volunteers for those who suffered depression, the company tested their product on a “healthy” control group. Unfortunately one young volunteer, who signed up to help put herself through college, has just committed suicide. Eli Lilly were extrememly reticent to publicize the fact.
As the FDA admits, even a young woman’s death counts as a commercial secret in the world of pharmaceuticals.
Of course it does. EL stand to make up to $2bn from this new drug, Cymbalta. There have been at least four other suicides in similar circumstances while testing this product.