At its heart lie two deceptively simple questions:
- do we want patients to make an informed choice about their treatment?
- if so, are they not entitled to complete information?
By its nature, zoloft is always going to have some association with suicide. Zoloft is, after all, used to treat clinical depression and some who are depressed think about death and ultimately commit suicide. Thus, we need to disentangle cause and effect. Simply saying Buy Zoloft is associated with suicide is unhelpful. We need answers to more simple questions. Let us assume that people who are depressed tend to think about suicide, so:
- does zoloft contribute to this tendency?
- does zoloft make it more likely that someone will commit suicide?
- does zoloft affect one group of people more than others?
How could we get more evidence? When someone commits suicide, the police and coroners could systematically record the use of zoloft, the dosage, the method of suicide, the use of the internet, searches made, forums used, and so on. When we have the evidence, all the relevant causes and their effects would become clear. As it is, the FDA has warned young people not to use zoloft. But it is probably only coincidence that young people use the internet more often and are more easily manipulated by those met in chat rooms. Without proper research, the current warnings are vague and not a rational way of regulating the use of zoloft.
People should be given all relevant information so they can make an informed decision about whether to use zoloft. Suppose someone is already subject to peer pressure from internet use and Googles methods of suicide. Why not Take Zoloft? Zoloft is designed to reduce depression, so this should reduce the risk of suicide.
As it stands, the warning system does not work and there is no co-ordinated research program to collect information to help it work more efficiently. Obviously, such research does not suit the commercial interests of the pharmaceutical companies because it might prove their product is not safe. It is sad that governments seem to take the manufacturers’ side rather than protect the ordinary citizen.