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Letters Antidepressants and murder

Antidepressants and murder: justice denied

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 26 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4196
  1. David Healy, professor of psychiatry
  1. Hergest Unit, Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital, Bangor LL57 2PW, UK
  1. david.healy54{at}

Adshead has missed the point of the BBC Panorama programme “A Prescription for Murder.”1 It did not attempt to prove that antidepressants cause homicide. Causality has been conceded by prosecutors, regulators, and companies. As early as 1983, Pfizer noted that antidepressants could cause aggressive behaviour.

Nor was it about whether sertraline caused Holmes to murder. Having spent time with him, I think that it did. …

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