A meta- analysis of 61 studies in PLoS ONE found an increased risk of breast cancer for women taking an antidepressant. Antidepressants are used by 27 million Americans -- most of whom are women. Antidepressants are increasingly being prescribed for other conditions such as hot flashes, headache, back pain, neuropathy, sleep-related conditions, anxiety spectrum disorders, eating disorders, and fibromyalgia. This analysis raises serious public health policy issues about how conflicts of interest by researchers and academic institutions skew the integrity of the research process, the scientific literature and clinical practice guidelines.
Vera Hassner Sharav, AHRP