Drugs firms under fire over ‘secrecy’

Mental charity Mind has described as “outrageous” the revelation
that drugs trials which showed that antidepressants for children
were ineffective or even dangerous may have been withheld.

Doctors who carried out research on behalf of medical magazine
The Lancet found that companies which made antidepressants
were not forthcoming with information for the development of
National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidelines.

Mind chief executive Richard Brook said: “The latest revelations
around suppression of data expose an outrageous state of affairs
around antidepressant prescribing practices.”

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