Prozac Approved in Europe for Children as Young as Eight

Those with concerns over the risks of suicide and suicidal thoughts and behaviors among young people who are given anti-depressant medications may be alarmed at recent news that the EMEA, or European Medicines Agency, has given its stamp of approval to prescriptions of Prozac for children eight years of age and older. The approval comes after the the British government asked Prozac’s manufacturer, Eli Lilly, to apply for the approval from the EMEA. Despite acknowledgment that some children will benefit from the move, opponents worry that long waiting lists for psychotherapy and a tendency to over-prescribe medications may result in negative consequences.

© Copyright 2009 by By Noah Rubinstein, LMFT, LMHC, therapist in Olympia, Washington. All Rights Reserved. Permission to publish granted to GoodTherapy.org.

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  • Louie

    Louie

    September 25th, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    This is a case where it is very difficult to decide and even take sides… while both the views are correct in their own right, it comes down to the experts to take the right decisions in view of betterment of all the people in general.

  • Ivana

    Ivana

    September 25th, 2009 at 7:18 PM

    We trust the medicine man sometimes even more than God. I think these kind of decisions basically require keeping of one’s conscience. The extra effort to analyze the whole situation before prescribing dosage should be done with sincerity.

  • Olivia

    Olivia

    September 26th, 2009 at 8:46 AM

    Why is it that medicine is where we always inevitably turn when looking for answers to some things that cannot be explained? Medicines and pharmaceuticals cannot heal everything and I think that it is beyond scary to be giving young kids these adult drugs with consequences and side effects that we may not even be aware of. I think that there have to be better ways to treat these issues yet so many are always looking for the easy way out. I know that sometimes meds are the answer but there have to be other cases where there are other solutions. I just think that there is an unwillingness to try.

  • Wesley

    Wesley

    October 1st, 2009 at 6:41 AM

    What next – heroin?? It definitely helps ease pain too?

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