Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Depressing News on Anti-depressants

The Huffington Post offered up an interesting article about how the pharmaceutical companies are hiding data regarding the effect that anti-depressants have on kids and adults.
Here's and excerpt:
On December 13, 2006 the FDA's Psychopharmaceutical Drugs Advisory Committee (PDAC) is meeting in Silver Spring, Maryland to discuss antidepressant-induced suicidal behavior in adults. In 2004 the FDA held similar hearings on children and concluded that antidepressants do in fact cause suicide in humans under age eighteen
The data used to evaluate antidepressant-induced suicidality in adults is not reliable. This is a fact the FDA has yet to face. The data has been pruned, culled and manipulated by the drug companies before being tabulated and released.
This pretty much confirms what NJPIRG had testified to in Hartford last week (see my previous post) regarding the misleading marketing and testing of these drugs. There is also an interesting clip on YouTube showing a former pharmaceutical representative speaking out about young children being given these anti-depressants. (HatTip: LarryB)