Antidepressants not that effective

Negative studies unpublished, study indicates
January 17, 2008 2:13:21 PM PST
Antidepressants are far less effective than doctors have been led to believe. The New England Journal of Medicine published a study saying that 88 percent of clinical trials that showed the drugs didn't work either weren't published in medical journals or were presented as positive findings.

It provides the first hard data on a practice known as selective reporting in which the good news about a drug is made public but the bad new is not.

Experts say it's not that antidepressants don't work but that their effectiveness has been exaggerated. They say this might tip the scales against prescribing the drugs in borderline cases.


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