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Antidepressants surpass antihypertensives as most commonly prescribed drugs in US

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 19 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3380
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    Use of antidepressants in the United States almost doubled from 1996 to 2005, and in 2005 antidepressants surpassed antihypertensives to become the most widely prescribed class of drugs in primary care and in hospital outpatient clinics, a study has found.

    The study, by Mark Olfson of Columbia University in New York and Steven Marcus at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, was published in the Archives of General Psychiatry (2009;66:848-56).

    The authors compared sociodemographic and clinical patterns of antidepressant treatment between 1996 and 2005, using information from the household component of the 1996 and …

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