I hope you remember Dr Fassler – he’s one of the expert ‘independent’ academics involved in the recent reports about an increase in the suicide rate in children in 2004 – Fassler is making unsubstantiated pronouncements asserting causal links between the black box warnings (in the USA) on SSRIs and the finding of increased suicide rates in children.
I find it very dificult to rely on anything Fassler says – thanks to Panorama, the whole world recently discovered that Glaxo suppressed and distorted trial results of Seroxat to conceal its direct links to suicide in teenagers and Glaxo’s own unpublished studies showed the drug actually trebles the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviour in depressed children without any proven benefit over placebos.
Glaxo itself now says “The use of Seroxat in children is not recommended, as safety and efficacy have not been established in this population.”
In the face of all this what does the expert Dr. Fassler have to say on the subject… “My read is as follows: SSRI antidepressants make some kids more likely to talk about suicidal thoughts or actions. There is no data that they increase the actual risk of suicide, and there are a fair number of studies that suggest that they lower the overall risk.”
‘HIS READ’ IS WHAT?
This is not an old quote – this is from ABC News in America on Monday February 6 2007 – Expert Answers: Suicide and Antidepressants…
Earth to Dr Fassler – what planet are you on?