His WikiScanner site reveals changes to the online encyclopaedia - which anyone can edit, right? - by linking edits back to the computers from which they emanate using each computerâ€™s unique IP address. Griffith, 24, tells The Times he created the site "to create minor public relations disasters for companies and organizations I dislike."
His site can't identify individuals altering Wikipedia entries, but can show an edit was made by a person with access to a company network. "Technically, we don't know whether it came from an agent of that company, however, we do know that edit came from someone with access to their network," Griffith says on his site.
The Times writes that, according to other Wikipedia pages disclosed by his Wikiscanner site, references to claims that Seroquel, which allegedly made teenagers "more likely to think about harming or killing themselves," were deleted by a user of a computer registered to the drugmaker.
In May, the FDA proposed that makers of all antidepressant antipsychotic meds â€“ including Seroquel â€“ update labeling to include warnings...
...over increased risks of suicidal thinking and behavior in young adults during early treatment. The proposed warnings would emphasise that other serious psychiatric disorders are themselves the most important causes of suicide.
UPDATE: An AstraZeneca spokesman just called to say this: "We are investigating the change made on July 11 and once we find out more, we can let you know....Patient safety is a priority and we make it a point to provide complete and accurate information to people who need to know - patients, doctors and anyone else."