Antidepressants and Drug Effectiveness

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Steve Roberts
Antidepressants and Drug Effectiveness

A new study suggests antidepressants may be no more effective than placebo in all but severe cases of depression. A look at how drug effectiveness is measured and weighed against safety concerns in and beyond the drug approval process.

A new study suggests antidepressants may be no more effective than placebo in all but severe cases of depression. A look at how drug effectiveness is measured and weighed against safety concerns in and beyond the drug approval process.

Guests

Blair Johnson

professor of psychology, University of Connecticut; coauthor on new antidepressant study

Gardiner Harris

science reporter for "The New York Times"

Dr. Jerry Avorn

Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Chief of the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics at Brigham and Women's Hospital; author "Powerful Medicines: The Benefits, Risks, and Costs of Prescription Drugs"

Dr. William Potter

serves on the FDA's Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee, vice president for translational neuroscience at Merck Research Laboratories; board-certified psychiatrist

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