Dr. Lee S. Cohen, stand up and take a bow

For pregnant women considering whether to continue taking antidepressant drugs, a study in a February 2006 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, or JAMA, contained a sobering warning: Stopping the medication greatly increases the risk of relapsing into depression.

The study authors — most of them leading psychiatrists at Massachusetts General Hospital, the University of California Los Angeles and Emory University — said their results challenged a common assumption that hormonal changes during pregnancy protected expectant mothers against depression. In their article, they predicted the findings would prompt some women to stay on their depression medication through pregnancy. That was good news for the makers of big-selling antidepressants, who have recently faced growing questions about the safety of their medications when used during pregnancy.

But the study, and resulting television and newspaper reports of the research, failed to note that most of the 13 authors are paid as consultants or lecturers by the makers of antidepressants. The lead author — Lee S. Cohen, a Harvard Medical School professor and director of the perinatal and reproductive psychiatry research program at Massachusetts General Hospital — is a longtime consultant to three antidepressant makers, a paid speaker for seven of them and has his research work funded by four drug makers. None of his financial ties were reported in the study. In total, the authors failed to disclose more than 60 different financial relationships with drug companies.

You can read the full article by by David Armstrong of The Wall Street Journal here.

5 Responses to “Dr. Lee S. Cohen, stand up and take a bow”

  1. truthman30 Says:

    This doesnt suprise me, as It is well known that the profession( if you can call it that?) of psychiatry has been controlled by Big Pharmaceutical companies for a long time now…
    The so called “relapse” into depression mentioned here could be withdrawal for many of these women…
    This new study, is purely spin doctoring from the pharmas , who are afraid that pregnant women might actually get off their meds, which would mean less customers for SSRI’s.They did the same spin when Black box warnings were issued and when SSRIs were banned for children… They hire these “influential” psychiatrists and fund them to be pro medication and biased.. The pharmas dont care anymore about pregnant mothers or unborn babies than they do about SSRI induced suicide in teens, its just another market for them to exploit…
    People are not human beings to them…
    They are target markets, and those that suffer adverse reactions and damage from their drugs are merely statistics…

  2. truthman30 Says:

    After just watching a video clip of GSK “spin doctor” extraordinairre , Mr Benbow on BBC morning televison from Fiddamans website..
    I feel the need to express a few personal points…
    The Audacity and arrogance of that man is so beyond belief , that it almost makes me feel sorry for him…
    ( I did say almost)…
    How dare he try to blame the problems of Seroxat on Depressed people taking the drug, and how dare he try to pin the Well known Seroxat side effects of Agression and anger ( particularly) in withdrawal on the condition of depression…
    As a “clinical ” psyciatrist , he is not only a disgrace to his “profession”, he is also a disgusting example of psychiatry’s exploitation of “mental health”…
    Depressed people, are for the most part, extemely passive individuals…That is a well known fact… To blame Seroxat induced Aggression on a depressed individual is like blaming a cancer patient for losing their hair during chemo…
    It doesn’t just border on insult…
    It is a blatent and misleading lie…
    I would like to think that , Mr benbow, is just misguided , as I actually think he has convinced himself that the absolute crap he is talking is true…
    God Help Mr Benbow if he ever has to deal with depression or anxiety himself…

  3. truthman30 Says:

    The video clip I just wrote about can be found here on Fiddamans’ excellent blog…

    http://fiddaman.blogspot.com/

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/video/39429000/rm/_39429732_seroxat_disco_vi.ram

  4. truthman30 Says:

    On a slightly different note…
    Seems like there is a new Seroxat blog on the block..

    http://seroxatforever.wordpress.com/2007/03/07/hello-world/#comments

    great to see more blogs appearing..


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