"The other part of this story that the FAA seems to be missing is that for all but the most extreme cases of depression, antidepressant drugs have been scientifically proven -- through multiple clinical trials -- to work no better than placebo," says Mike Adams in the April 5, 2010 report, "Medicated in the Cockpit."
"These pilots would do just as well taking capsules filled with olive oil as they do on patented, monopoly-priced SSRI drugs," he points out.
The current price of the four SSRIs at DrugStore.com, for 90 pills at a middles dose, is $600 for Prozac, $365 for Zoloft, $320 for Celexa, and $270 for Lexapro. Much to the delight of the SSRI makers, the FAA's new policy will likely encourage pilots to keep paying for their useless drugs forever.
(Evelyn Pringle is a journalist focused on exposing corruption in government and corporate America)
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