Prozac


"The anti-depressant Prozac was held back by the FDA for nearly a decade because the consumption of the pill by mice almost invariably proved fatal" (www.gullible.com, posted April 10, 2005).


"...the FDA's approval of Prozac, it was ultimately based on three studies indicating that fluoxetine relieved some symptoms of depression more effectively than a placebo, and in the face of nine studies indicating no positive effect. Only sixty-three patients [were in the study]...

"When detailed research showed likely linkage of Prozac to violent acts, lily-livered psychiatrists were there to douse the flames of doubt. In 1991 the FDA's Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee met to decide whether Prozac should carry a warning label about links to suicide. Five out of the ten panel members (eight of whom were shrinks) had active financial interests in the drugs the committee was investigating, and all voted against requiring a warning...

"... in the United States, where government is in the pay of drug companies and prescriptions for antidepressants have long since taken over from political manifestoes that would cure depression by collective social action" (Alexander Cockburn. "Death, Depression and Prozac." The Nation, April 18, 2005: 10).


Colby Glass, MLIS