Pharma Spin and Child Suicide Rates

Today’s news reports about an increase suicide rate in 2004 offer an opportunity to witness how the media unwittingly disseminates pharmaceutical industry generated propaganda.According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Annual
Summary of Vital Statistics, the suicide rate rose more than 18 percent
in those 1 to 19 years old from 2.2 per 100,000 in 2003, to 2.6 per
100,000 in 2004. In those 15 to 19 years old, the figures reflected a
more than 12 percent rise in suicide, from 7.3 per 100,000 in 2003 to
8.2 per 100,000 in 2004.
 
“The rise occurred at the same time that the Food and Drug
Administration mandated heightened warnings on the labels of selective
serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a particular class of
antidepressant medications that includes Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft.”

The linkage between the increased suicide rate and warnings on SSRI
labels was manufactured by antidepressant drug companies and their PR
firms who have embarked on a campaign to keep physicians and parents
uninformed about the risks posed by the drugs prescribed.
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