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Regulator Announces Antidepressants and Youth Suicide Investigation

By Jill Margo, Australian Financial Review, December 9, 2020

Orange and red pills.

Australia’s national drug regulator has announced it will analyse hospital and death data to investigate the relationship between antidepressant use and youth suicide across the country.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration on Wednesday released a review of its inquiry into Antidepressant Utilisation and Risk of Suicide in Young People, which had been commissioned in June.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt called for the investigation after an academic study found a correlation between increases in youth suicide and the rise in the prescription of
antidepressants.

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