A new study recently featured in the British Medical Journal blames commonly prescribed anti-depressant for heightening the risk of aggression and suicide among children and teenagers.
To date, the study is the largest medical review of its kind that links anti-depressants with largely under-reported multiple side-effects including aggression, suicide, and even death. The report holds pharmaceutical firms accountable for seriously underestimating the risks involved.
“The analysis suggests that clinical study reports, on which decisions about market authorization are based, are likely to underestimate the extent of drug related harms,” remarked Tarang Sharma of the Denmark-based Nordic Cochrane Center as quoted saying by The Telegraph.
Furthermore, the researchers were appalled by the seemingly insensitive and inhumane under-reporting by companies that choose to play down the obvious harms for their benefit.
“Antidepressants don’t work in children, that is pretty clear, in the randomized trials children say that they don’t work for them, but they increase their risk of suicide. It is absolutely horrendous that they have such disregard for human lives,” commented senior author Prof Peter Gøtzsche as mentioned in a report by Stuff.
In another note, the UK National Health Service (NHS) limits the prescription of anti-depressants to ‘children with moderate to severe depression’ only after talking sessions proved ineffective and thorough deliberation by medical professionals with the patient and the family.
This article first appeared on ‘Counsel&Heal’ on 31 January 2016.