A controversial 2010 paper, “Antidepressant Medication Prevents Suicide in Depression”, has been retracted by Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. In a contemporaneous issue of British Journal of Psychiatry, the study’s author Goran Isaacson (along with Charles Rich) debated the study’s premise with Jon Jureidini and Melissa Raven, who wrote “we agree that ‘the hypothesis that suicide might be prevented by the treatment of depression is not far-fetched’. However, Isacsson & Rich have failed to produce robust evidence for their much stronger claim that ‘treatment with antidepressants prevents suicide’.” Isaacson has acknowledged an “error in our database” which, when corrected, allows no conclusion to be drawn.
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