Well­ness Arti­cles

Anti­de­pres­sant Use Ris­ing Among Kids

A Novem­ber 18, 2004 Reuters News story with the above head­line starts off by not­ing that accord­ing to a new study doc­tors are pre­scrib­ing more anti­de­pres­sants for chil­dren and ado­les­cents although there is lit­tle evi­dence about their safety or effi­cacy in youngsters.

Dr. Ian Wong of the Cen­tre for Pae­di­atric Phar­macy Research at the Uni­ver­sity of Lon­don was one of sev­eral researchers who con­ducted the study. They com­pared pre­scrib­ing trends in Britain, France, Ger­many, Spain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Brazil and Mex­ico by using infor­ma­tion from an inter­na­tional data­base that con­tains a rep­re­sen­ta­tive sam­ple of med­ical prac­ti­tion­ers in each coun­try. Dr. Wong noted that Britain had the high­est rate of increase with 68 per­cent while Ger­many, with 13 per­cent, had the low­est. He com­mented, “The num­ber of pre­scrip­tions in dif­fer­ent coun­tries for chil­dren with men­tal ill­ness is increasing.”

Dr. Wong did note that the rate of increase in Eng­land was higher because the num­ber of chil­dren that were tak­ing anti­de­pres­sants was low com­pared to the United States. “In Eng­land, the num­ber of pre­scrip­tions per child for that kind of ill­ness is actu­ally 10 times lower than in Amer­ica. When you have a very low base­line the increase is much quicker,” Dr. Wong said.

The arti­cle noted that ear­lier this year New York Attor­ney Gen­eral Eliot Spitzer accused drug man­u­fac­turer Glax­o­SmithK­line Plc in a law­suit of fraud­u­lently sup­press­ing infor­ma­tion about its anti­de­pres­sant Paxil, which is sold as Seroxat in Europe. The law­suit claimed that the drug was broadly inef­fec­tive in young­sters and could increase the risks of sui­ci­dal behavior.

Wong and his col­leagues con­cluded, “We believe the use of psy­chotropic med­ica­tions in chil­dren is a global pub­lic health issue, which should be stud­ied in part­ner­ship with phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies, gov­ern­ments and researchers.”

Ran­dom Article

An Octo­ber 10, 2003 arti­cle from PRNewswire reports on a release from the Amer­i­can Chi­ro­prac­tic Asso­ci­a­tion that advises peo­ple to be care­ful when

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