The Food and Drug Administration has determined that doctors and patients are receiving inaccurate information as to the effectiveness of antidepressants. Published data indicates that drugs such as Effexor and Zoloft are very effective in treating depression; however, unpublished data is contrary to the published information. Antidepressants are hugely profitable for the pharmaceutical companies which manufacture them, and there are concerns that the data reported is being manipulated to promote sales. Physicians rely on the published data in making decisions in prescribing these drugs; there is concern that the some antidepressant drugs may not be all that helpful, and, in the case of adolescents, may be harmful.
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