Suicidality warning for young adults added to antidepressant label

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted May 21, 2007

Print  |   Email  |   Respond  |   Reprints  |   Like Facebook  |   Share Twitter  |   Tweet Linkedin

The Food and Drug Administration is calling for language to be added to the black-box warning on antidepressants, cautioning about the possibility of suicidal thinking and behavior among those 18 to 24 during the first few months of treatment.

"Antidepressant medications benefit many patients, but it is important that doctors and patients are aware of the risks," said Steven Galson, MD, MPH, director of the agency's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

This change is the latest move by the agency in response to concerns about a possible link between suicide and these medications. Similar labeling changes were made in 2005 that focused on children and adolescents.

The new labeling also will state that an increased risk of suicidality was not found in those older than 24 and that it is decreased among those older than 65. It will add that untreated depression can lead to suicide.

The American Psychiatric Assn. welcomed these changes because previous versions of the black-box label had been blamed on inappropriately decreasing the use of these drugs.

"We believe the new label, which still contains important warning information, reminds physicians and patients that antidepressants save lives," said APA President-elect Carolyn Robinowitz, MD.

Note: This item originally appeared at

Back to top



Read story

Confronting bias against obese patients

Medical educators are starting to raise awareness about how weight-related stigma can impair patient-physician communication and the treatment of obesity. Read story

Read story


American Medical News is ceasing publication after 55 years of serving physicians by keeping them informed of their rapidly changing profession. Read story

Read story

Policing medical practice employees after work

Doctors can try to regulate staff actions outside the office, but they must watch what they try to stamp out and how they do it. Read story

Read story

Diabetes prevention: Set on a course for lifestyle change

The YMCA's evidence-based program is helping prediabetic patients eat right, get active and lose weight. Read story

Read story

Medicaid's muddled preventive care picture

The health system reform law promises no-cost coverage of a lengthy list of screenings and other prevention services, but some beneficiaries still might miss out. Read story

Read story

How to get tax breaks for your medical practice

Federal, state and local governments offer doctors incentives because practices are recognized as economic engines. But physicians must know how and where to find them. Read story

Read story

Advance pay ACOs: A down payment on Medicare's future

Accountable care organizations that pay doctors up-front bring practice improvements, but it's unclear yet if program actuaries will see a return on investment. Read story

Read story

Physician liability: Your team, your legal risk

When health care team members drop the ball, it's often doctors who end up in court. How can physicians improve such care and avoid risks? Read story

  • Stay informed
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • RSS
  • LinkedIn