Darker side of “wonder drugs”

Med J Aust 2005; 182 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2005.tb06691.x
Published online: 28 April 2004

Together with Ralph Nader, Medawar began his career as a consumer advocate in the United States some 30 years ago, and experience has taught him the need for persistence and assertiveness in challenging the prevailing view in psychiatry. Recent scientific publications have largely vindicated his claims that the newer antidepressant drugs cause dependence and suicidal behaviour, and have poor efficacy; that the pharmaceutical industry is in the business of disease promotion; and that much “expert opinion” is compromised.



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