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[January 06, 2014]

Drug firms in happy pill rap [Mirror (UK)]

(Mirror (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) DOCTORS are wrongly branding patients depressed when they are simply sad or distressed, a report found.

More than five million are now labelled depressed or suffering anxiety in the UK and up to half of these are misdiagnosed, a Liverpool University study said.

UK sales of anti-depressants are going up at a rate of 10% a year, and Prof Chris Dowrick blamed drug firms for rising overdiagnosis.



He said: "Drug companies should be stopped from marketing antidepressant medication to physicians." (c) 2014 ProQuest Information and Learning Company; All Rights Reserved.

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