Thursday, January 17, 2008

Shocking News - Companies Don't Publish the Bad News

Study Says Patients, Doctors Get Distorted View of Antidepressants - There are laws that say they have to publish the bad FINANCIAL news, but for the rest, it is all advertising.
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popular antidepressants has been exaggerated by selective publication of favorable results, according to a review of unpublished data submitted to the Food and Drug Administration.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.
Did you really expect it to be any other way? Do you think you live in fantasy land, where corporations aren't worried about profits?

I wonder what percentage of the American populace takes (legal) mood-altering drugs every day.

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