I keep hearing more and more news stories about antidepressants that just don’t work, making me wonder:
A. If we might have a lot of potentially dangerous, unmedicated people out there who could hurt themselves or others.
B. If we have a lot of people on medication who could be helped not with drugs, but with the simple power of belief—whether it be in themselves or a placebo.
Either way, it’s interesting food for thought considering that drugs like Wellbutrin have recently come under fire for just not working—and now the makers of Zoloft is being sued for similar reasons.
Do these lawsuits have merit? Who knows in our money-obsessed society. But it seems that Pfizer, the makers of Zoloft, did not publish a study in which the drug was found to be ineffective against treating depression—and at least one plaintive has come forward to testify that the drug is ineffective. It looks like all she wants are the costs of the drug reimbursed, so it doesn’t sound like a money-grabbing campaign to me.
It will be interesting to see how this case works out, and it has me wondering about how many other studies regarding medicines—for depression or anything else—resulted similarly.