There was an outburst of news last week concerning antidepressants and whether Black Box warnings placed on product labeling was responsible for an increase in suicides. The link between the meds and suicide was already controversial, but
the latest study
fanned the debate because the increased suicide rate took place during the same year that there was significant publicity about the links. Yet, this was before the warnings were actually issued. Moreover, the new study was based on just one year of data.
So we asked you whether the Black Box should stay, given that the FDA is on record saying the warnings could be revoked, depending upon additional info. One caveat - this is not a scientific poll. However, the results clearly suggest that there is support for the warnings. Our thanks to those who took the time to vote.
What should the FDA do about the warnings?
Leave the Black Box warnings alone - 2,168 votes, or 96 percent;
Repeal the warnings - 82 votes, or 4 percent.
Total Voters - 2,250