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Don't blame antidepressents for Germanwings crash

The Sun's editors should have done their due diligence before printing an article about the role anti-depressant drugs may have played in the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 ("Antidepressants: a deadly treatment?" April 11).

They need only have gone to the Food and Drug Administration website to see a summary of studies done on this issue. There were 295 studies of 11 antidepressants with over 77,000 adult patients summarized. Suicidal thoughts and behaviors actually decreased by one per 1,000 thousand patients age 25-64 taking antidepressants versus a placebo.

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The studies of children, adolescents and adults 24 or younger did show evidence of increased suicidal thoughts and behaviors. For those 18 or younger, 14 more cases of suicidal thoughts and behaviors occurred per 1,000 in those receiving antidepressants versus those on placebo, but no suicides. For those 18 to 24, there were five per 1,000 additional cases.

Ted Buxton, Columbia

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