Before 2000, the FDA rarely highlighted suicide as a possible side effect. But in 2004, after years of controversy, the agency reversed course and issued warnings to doctors and patients that some popular antidepressants are linked to suicidal thoughts and behavior in adolescents.
It was a long hard battle by a number of dedicated individuals to bring this problem to the agency’s attention and get it to be taken seriously. Science writer Alison Bass has talked with many of them. We talk with her about the struggle over Paxil and the implications for other drugs.
Guests: Alison Bass is a science writer. She teaches journalism at Brandeis University. Her new book is Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower, and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial. Read her blog at alison-bass.blogspot.com