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Conflict-of-Interest Allegations Derail Inquiry Into Antidepressant's 'Dark Side'

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Science  04 Apr 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5616, pp. 33
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5616.33a

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A controversial government review of the safety of antidepressant drugs is in disarray following revelations that some experts involved in the inquiry are shareholders in a company that makes one of the drugs. Last week, the U.K.'s Medicines Control Agency disbanded a panel that had been scrutinizing the track record of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, a widely prescribed group of drugs that includes the brands Prozac and Seroxat.