Saturday, June 19, 2004

Prozac, stat!

Never mind that anti-depressants may encourage suicide in preteens/teens, Bush wants us all on drugs.

Antidepressant Medications for Children -- "...antidepressant medications themselves may induce suicidal behavior and be ineffective in treating depression in youths"

FDA Issues Public Health Advisory on Cautions for Use of Antidepressants in Adults and Children -- is not yet clear whether antidepressants contribute to the emergence of suicidal thinking and behavior. The agency is advising clinicians, patients, families and caregivers of adults and children that they should closely monitor all patients being placed on therapy with these drugs for worsening depression and suicidal thinking, which can occur during the early period of treatment. The agency is also advising that these patients be observed for certain behaviors that are known to be associated with these drugs, such as anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, impulsivity, akathisia (severe restlessness), hypomania, and mania, and that physicians be particularly vigilant in patients who may have bipolar disorder.
FDA is asking manufacturers to change the labels of ten drugs to include stronger cautions and warnings about the need to monitor patients for the worsening of depression and the emergence of suicidal ideation, regardless of the cause of such worsening.

Bush plans to screen whole US population for mental illness

What is the ulterior motive, here? Getting all of us to commit suicide? Antidepressants as a weapon of mass destruction?

No, it's probably simpler than that (remember, money: follow it), as the British Medical Journal article cited above tells us -- "Drug companies have contributed three times more to the campaign of George Bush,...than to that of his rival John Kerry." He has to do something for them, now, and fishing for customers could work just fine.

Now, just as an aside...where would the money for this 'drugging America' program come from? That doesn't come from the pharmeceutical companies -- they're donating to political campaigns, you see -- so...other social programs, perhaps?

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