Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Reviews Book

Let Them Eat Prozac

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 12 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:411

Rapid Response:

Full Disclosure of SSRI Data

This review of "Let them eat Prozac" touches on most of the important
issues that are raised in Healy's book, but does not give sufficient
attention to the matter of corruption of medicine by the pharmaceutical
industry. The investigation called for by Dr Collier to evaluate Dr
Healy's allegations requires a full disclosure of the results for safety
and efficacy in the unpublished placebo-controlled clinical trials for
SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), and the extent to which
published results were ghostwritten by medical communication agencies
hired by the SSRI companies. Until such data are available to the public,
prescribing physicians and psychiatrists are relying on drug promotion
rather than the true science.

Competing interests:
research consulting for Baum-Hedlund law firm

Competing interests: No competing interests

07 July 2005
Leemon B McHenry
university lecturer
California State University 91330