Call for Retraction of Fraudulent Trial Reports of Antidepressants in Children

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Peter Gøtzsche and 10 people who lost either a child or spouse to suicide after being prescribed an antidepressant are calling for the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and JAMA Psychiatry to retract three “fraudulent trial reports” that they published on the safety and efficacy of antidepressants in children and adolescents. In a letter to the editors of the two journals, Gotzsche and the 10 co-signers state that the “trial reports seriously underreported suicide attempts, other suicidal events, and precursors to suicide and violence on active drug, and exaggerated the benefits of the drugs substantially.” Two of the trials reported on fluoxetine in children and adolescents, and the third is the infamous study 329 of paroxetine in children and adolescents. Their letter to the two journals can be read here.

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