Let them eat Prozac

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David Healy
James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
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Halifax, NS

Examines the practices of the pharmaceutical industry.

ISBN 0550287834
PHAR.H43 2003
Includes bibliographical references and index. --- Review, Network Summer/Fall 2004: Prozac, Paxil, Celexa, Zoloft -- we all recognize these names, and probably know at least one or two people who have been prescribed these medications. With sales in the billions of dollars, we have to ask ourselves: is North America experiencing a depression epidemic, or are the pharmaceutical companies getting better at marketing drugs than making them? David Healy explores these difficult questions, taking us on a scary journey through the practices of the pharmaceutical industry. We soon learn that drug companies and researchers still do not know exactly how these drugs work, or what their potential side-effects are. Healy also reveals – and subsequent health warnings from both Britain and Canada have confirmed his findings -- that some patients taking new anti-depressants may become suicidal, and may be committing suicide at a much higher rate than if they had been left untreated. Let Them Eat Prozac is also a history of Healy's career, both working for the big pharmaceutical companies, and criticizing them.