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Re: Do antidepressants really work?

Posted by Althea8869 on April 4, 2004, at 22:34:08

In reply to Re: Do antidepressants really work? Althea8869, posted by SLS on April 4, 2004, at 13:33:38

Scott - please excuse my acronym ignorance, but what is DST?

Never the less, your point is well taken. I also wonder about the inclusion/exclusion criteria. I see two significant problems. First, it doesnt appear that the trials process is representative of our current body of knowledge on neurological disorders. We are way past the 'one size fits all' mentality which I suspect governed much of the process as recently as five years ago. Clinical testing must become far more targeted and precise - we have enough knowledge now to be well along this path and yet we are not. Second, the pharmaceuticals are still far too involved in the process. After submission for clinical testing, they should be completely divorced from the process, having no input or control over any part of either the trials or the corresponding reports of results.

Solve these problems and two things will happen: we will have far more accurate data about efficacy and response rates across the whole spectrum of neurological disorders, and, we will introduce a measure of integrity into a system which few patients currently trust.

Just my thoughts.
Hope you had a nice Sunday.
Take it easy.


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