By Peter C Gøtzsche
Together with 10 people who each lost a child or spouse to suicide as a direct consequence of being prescribed an antidepressant drug for a non-psychiatric condition, I have today written to the editors of two journals and called for retraction of three fraudulent trial reports of antidepressants in children and adolescents.
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.
If the editors don’t act, they will not only sully the reputation of their journals. They will also be seen as being complicit in future suicides caused by antidepressants as a direct harm of these drugs. Read our open letter to the editors here.