|There are a few things that you can do to
bring light to the issue of drug companies/FDA not fully warning
the public of ALL possible deadly side effects of antidepressants.
First, if you, or someone you know, have experienced adverse
side effects from antidepressant drugs, you should report it
immediately to the FDA. This is very important for it will demonstrate
to the FDA the need to pressure the drug companies to fully
disclose the adverse side effects of the SSRI class of drugs.
You can report your side effects using the FDA’s medwatch
In addition, you should also report the side effects to your
doctor. However, do NOT rely on your doctor to submit the medwatch
form to the FDA.
Secondly, you should contact your Congressional delegation in
Washington DC. Right now, the House of Representatives’
Committee on Energy and Commerce is conducting an investigation
into the FDA and pharmaceutical industry to seek information
on the antidepressants/suicide link. This is the committee that
oversees the FDA, investigates a variety of issues (e.g. Enron,
Imclone scandals), and determines if a formal congressional
hearing is warranted.
the Committee on Energy and Commerce investigation overview.
In addition, the Senate’s Finance Committee is now looking
into what the FDA knew about the link between antidepressants
Read the overview on the Senate’s Finance committee letter
requesting information from the FDA.
are the representatives sitting on this committee? (includes
links to their offices)
are the senators sitting on this committee?
It is imperative that pressure be put on this committee to ensure
it moves forward with a formal congressional hearing. The FDA
and pharmaceutical companies have long been aware of the link
between antidepressants and suicide. They have failed to fully
warn the public on the potential dangers of these drugs since
the Prozac suicide hearings back in 1991.
want the manufacturers of the SSRIs to adequately warn of the
true dangers associated with their drugs. We need to
continue to put pressure on the officials to make sure the drug
companies fully warn consumers of ALL possible deadly
Lastly, don’t forget the power of word of mouth. There
are many people who have had horrible personal experiences with
these drugs. But many do not share their stories because of
the social stigma associated with taking antidepressants or
because they believe they had real mental issues. Once you start
telling your story, more and more people will feel comfortable
sharing their experiences and you’ll quickly realize you