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May 26, 2003 | Benedict Carey, Times Staff Writer
The antidepressant Prozac hit the market 15 years ago and did for depression what Valium had done for anxiety a generation earlier -- made it not only easier to treat but also easier to discuss openly. Similar drugs followed, and millions got better. Yet as thousands of doctors from around the world convened last week in San Francisco at the American Assn. of Psychiatry's annual meeting, many were looking for news of the next big advance in depression.
January 16, 2003 | Norah Vincent, Norah Vincent is a columnist in Yardley, Pa.
I called it Vitamin P. Prozac, that is. The little green-and-cream-colored capsule that I took to dodge the blues. I didn't think of it as a serious psychotropic drug. I thought it belonged on the food pyramid. If Time magazine proves prophetic, that may turn out not to have been such a far-fetched idea. Before long, we may all be taking it. In a Jan.
January 13, 2003 | Jane E. Allen, Times Staff Writer
The recent approval of Prozac for children and teenagers means more of them are likely to be treated for depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. It also means that many could be treated inappropriately. The Food and Drug Administration's decision to allow the drug to be prescribed for kids 7 to 17 will encourage more primary-care doctors, pediatricians and family-practice doctors to prescribe the antidepressant. That could especially benefit children who lack access to psychiatrists.
January 4, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Prozac is now formally available for depressed children. Psychiatrists have prescribed the world's best-known antidepressant, and similar competitors, to their youngest patients for years, despite a shortage of studies proving they work in children. But the Food and Drug Administration declared that there's finally proof that Prozac alleviates depression in children 8 years and older.
December 12, 2002 | Steve Harvey
Call it a tree for what ails ya. It graces the counter of the Memorial Medical Group office in Long Beach and it's festooned with tiny empty boxes. Boxes that held prescription drugs. There are even antidepressant containers, perhaps to cheer up Scrooge types. And the decoration at the top? It's a Viagra box. O, Christmas tree! More cheer: Marty Rauch of West L.A.
November 25, 2002 | Elissa Ely, Special to The Times
I know a psychiatrist who took antidepressant medication (plenty of us do, though few admit it). When at his best, he imagined himself a poet, someone who wore a white coat in sunlight and composed quatrains by candle. Then, in the mysterious way that depression descends, he became ill. Still, the poems were passionate. For years, he had been prescribing Prozac and its many cousins: Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, Luvox. He knew how the drugs worked, and that they worked well.
October 24, 2002 | Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly & Co. cut profit forecasts after competition from cheaper, generic versions of its antidepressant Prozac pushed sales lower in the third quarter. Full-year profit, excluding one-time items, probably will be $2.55 to $2.57 a share, Lilly said. The company has lowered 2002 forecasts three times in six months and is "cautious" about 2003 as regulators reassess plants that failed inspections, stalling drug approvals. Net income jumped 20% to $683.9 million, or 63 cents a share, from $570.
July 4, 2002 | From Associated Press
WASHINGTON -- A Florida woman opened her mailbox last month to find a free box of once-a-week Prozac from her pharmacy chain--astonishing, she says, since she didn't use Prozac and hadn't asked her doctor to switch her from another antidepressant. It's not clear how many other patients received unsolicited Prozac (the woman's attorneys say they know of two more so far) or whether the apparent campaign to sign up new Prozac customers extended beyond South Florida. Prozac maker Eli Lilly & Co.
April 18, 2002 | From Associated Press
A man on trial for killing seven co-workers tripled his dosage of Prozac before the shootings, a move that may have heightened his rage and sparked the shooting spree, a defense psychiatrist testified Wednesday. Dr. Anthony Joseph said Michael McDermott suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and other mental disorders that made him unable to understand that what he was doing was wrong when he opened fire at Edgewater Technology on Dec. 26, 2000.
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