Researchers Demand Retraction of Celexa Study that Fabricated Benefits of Antidepressants in Children And Covered Up Adverse Health Effects
- Researchers Demand Retraction of Celexa Study that Fabricated Benefits of Antidepressants in Children And Covered Up Adverse Health Effects
by Julie Wilson, http://www.naturalnews.com/
(NaturalNews) A large group of medical doctors, psychiatrists and researchers are demanding that the American Psychiatric Association retract a shady study that relied upon industry influence to determine the effectiveness of an antidepressant that’s widely prescribed among children and teens.
The study, published more than a decade ago in the American Journal of Psychiatry, touted the benefits of Celexa in younger populations suffering from depression.
However, a recent analysis of the research found “gross misrepresentations” about the safety and effectiveness of the drug, including the fact that Celexa worked no better than the placebo.
Study showing benefits of Celexa in children was written by the drug’s maker
The researchers say that the study reflected the “pervasive influence” of the marketing objectives of Forest Laboratories, the Celexa manufacturer, adding that the “scientific” manuscript was “written primarily for marketing purposes and only secondarily as a peer-reviewed journal.”
In other words, the study was totally fabricated to extend the consumer base for Celexa to children and teens, the fastest growing demographic for which antidepressants are prescribed.
The analysis revealed that the study was written by none other than ghost writers employed by Forest Laboratories who “seriously misrepresented” the data about the drug’s safety and efficacy.
“Forest’s own internal documents disclosed in litigation show that company staff were aware that there were serious problems with the conduct of this trial but concealed the problems in advancing their commercial objectives,” said the researchers.
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