Research Connected to Drug Companies Examined

Drug Research

Over the past twenty years studies regarding the connection between breast and ovarian cancers and antidepressants have generally provided mixed results.   Now, a study of the studies calls into question the motives of researchers.  “Studies that seemed to absolve the drugs of blame were carried out by researchers with close ties to the pharmaceutical industry.”

Dr. Lisa Cosgrove of Harvard University led the examination of past studies and their researchers. She and her team found that some studies concluded a cancer risk and some did not.  She feels that even if the odds of getting cancer after using antidepressants increase by only a small amount “women should at least be informed of the potential risk. And that risk doesn’t come to light in industry-connected studies.”  (The Globe and Mail April 2011)

The cancer risk, although not drastic, does seem to exist primarily with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs antidepressants, which includes Prozac , Paxil,  and Zoloft.

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