Cochrane co-founder calls for GP ban on antidepressants

Evidence for antidepressant efficacy is based on highly flawed data and the drugs may do more harm than good, says a co-founder of the Cochrane Collaboration.

Professor Peter Gotzsche, head of the Nordic Cochrane Centre, says much of the research into anti-depressants suffers from a lack of effective blinding.

Many trials use subjective scales, and the effect of the drugs has been exaggerated by about 36%