Skip to comments.FDA Links Antidepressants, Youth Suicide Risk
Posted on 02/02/2004 9:57:14 PM PST by neverdem
Federal regulators said for the first time yesterday that clinical trials of popular antidepressants such as Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft show a greater risk of suicide among children taking the drugs compared with those taking dummy pills.
Although only one of these drugs has been approved for the treatment of children with depression, doctors are prescribing them to hundreds of thousands of American children every year. The new Food and Drug Administration analysis of the trials is starkly at odds with repeated assurances by the U.S. psychiatric establishment that the drugs are very safe.
Regulators said the result of their review was identical to a British analysis, which prompted that country in December to prohibit use of most antidepressants in children. Before taking any regulatory action, however, U.S. officials have requested a second analysis of the data by Columbia University researchers. The new review, which will reevaluate the descriptions of adverse effects suffered by children in the trials, will likely be completed by summer.
Please clarify. Do you mean it wasn't guns, but it was SSRIs.
IIRC, we had recent comments about other scary things. Can you help my memory? I have a headache, and the hour is late.
It is for many people. However there are some very real risks for a substantial portion of the population. These were hidden from the FDA and the public as a whole. Now there is going to be hell to pay.
These drugs should not be handed out to every Tom, Dick or Harry in an unsupervised environment.
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