TGA 'concerned' over rising antidepressant use in teens

More guidance is needed for GPs, who are the main prescribers of the off-label therapy, says watchdog

The TGA says a rise in antidepressant prescriptions for children and adolescents is “concerning” and has called for improved guidance to help GPs manage depression in young people. 

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It launched an investigation into the safety of youth prescription of the drugs following a controversial study published in June that postulated a link between increasing prescriptions and suicides in Australia.  

Led by politician turned mental health researcher and campaigner Dr Martin Whitely (PhD), from Curtin University in WA,

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