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Papers Indicate Firm Knew Possible Prozac Suicide Risk

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An Eli Lilly and Co. paper was made public Monday that shows the drug maker knew that the patients on its antidepressant Prozac were far more likely to attempt suicide and show hostility than were patients on other antidepressants.

Eli Lilly has hid this information for 15 years.

The document was provided to CNN by the office of Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-New York.

>”The case demonstrates the need for Congress to mandate the complete disclosure of all clinical studies for FDA-approved drugs so that patients and their doctors, not the drug companies, decide whether the benefits of taking a certain medicine outweigh the risks,” he said.

In the paper, titled “Activation and sedation in fluoxetine clinical trials,” the authors said that the drug may produce nervousness, anxiety, agitation or insomnia in 19 percent of patients, and sedation in 13 percent of patients.

A spokesman for Lilly said his company was expecting the release of the purported internal documents, but that he could not comment on them until he had seen them.

FDA spokeswoman Susan Cruzan said last week that the agency had no comment on the documents.

>In a statement posted on Lilly’s Web site, the company said, “To our knowledge, there has never been any allegation of missing documents from the Wesbecker trial or any other trial involving Lilly. Further, it has always been Lilly’s objective to publicly disclose data about both the safety and efficacy of fluoxetine.

“Lilly has made several requests to the BMJ to obtain copies of the supposed ‘missing’ documents; we still await these documents. We are surprised and concerned that a leading medical journal would not find it important to share these documents with us so that we could respond to the public in a meaningful way.”

>Reporting only when results are positive is not science, its cherrypicking. [fundayz](http://www.reddit.com/user/fundayz)

[SOURCE](http://www.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/01/03/prozac.documents/)

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