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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120051950205895415.html

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"The effectiveness of a dozen popular antidepressants has been exaggerated by selective publication of favorable results, according to a review of unpublished data submitted to the Food and Drug Administration.

As a result, doctors and patients are getting a distorted view of how well blockbuster antidepressants like Wyeth's Effexor and Pfizer Inc.'s Zoloft really work, researchers asserted in this week's New England Journal of Medicine

Since the overwhelming amount of published data on the drugs show they are effective, doctors unaware of the unpublished data are making inappropriate prescribing decisions that aren't in the best interest of their patients, according to researchers led by Erick Turner, a psychiatrist at Oregon Health & Science University. Sales of antidepressants total about $21 billion a year, according to IMS Health. "

If you haven't already, read the whole article. It is (basically) just out .. this was published in a January 2008 Wall Street Journal ...

Kind of scarey, if you ask me.

LL

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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120051950205895415.html

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Yep, previously mentioned, and it's the usual "they're selling poison to our kids!" conspiracy stuff the media outlets like to recycle on slow news days.

For all we are being told by the researchers, the unfavorable studies could have included "A comparison of St. John's Wort Extract and Lithium in alleviating mental flatulence" We are being encouraged to *guess* which medications failed at which applications, preferably based on our worst fears.

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