8.04.2009

Antidepressant use doubles in U.S., study finds

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090803/hl_nm/us_antidepressants_usa
A woman holds the antidepressant drug Prozac, also known as ...
Use of antidepressant drugs in the United States doubled between 1996 and 2005, probably because of a mix of factors, researchers reported on Monday.
About 6 percent of people were prescribed an antidepressant in 1996 -- 13 million people. This rose to more than 10 percent or 27 million people by 2005, the researchers found.
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More than 164 million prescriptions were written in 2008 for antidepressants, totaling $9.6 billion in U.S. sales, according to IMS Health.
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"There are no data to say that the population is healthier. Indeed, the suicide rate in the middle years of life has been climbing"
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