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Drug Critic Sues After School Pulls Job Offer

Science  05 Oct 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5540, pp. 29-30
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5540.29a

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A British psychiatrist and critic of antidepressant drugs is suing the University of Toronto and an affiliated mental health center for breach of contract after the center rescinded a job offer to him. David Healy claims that his academic freedom was violated after he gave a speech last fall criticizing drug companies and arguing that the popular antidepressant Prozac "can lead to suicide." Officials have told Healy that they felt his views are "extreme" and incompatible with the responsibilities he would assume.

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