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."
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