Prozac for Children

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A new study shows that doctors are giving American kids two or three times more psychiatric drugs than they were 15 years ago. A handful of newer drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRI-s, is increasingly being used to treat depression and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and the US Food and Drug Administration has just approved the anti-depressant Prozac for 7 and 8 year-olds, even though Prozac appears to inhibit growth. Are the benefits worth the risks? What-s the role of drug manufacturers and insurance companies? We hear more about the increase in prescribing anti-depressants for young children, and weigh the risks and rewards, with psychiatrists, pediatricians and human development specialists.
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Eli Lilly and Company

National Institute of Mental Health

US Food and Drug Administration

Government of Venezuela (in Spanish)



Warren Olney