Risks of medicine safety alerts

ANSWER: Safety alerts need not prompt stopping a medicine. As with any clinical practice, consider the needs and preferences of the individual patient before making any changes to medicines.1

A recent study claimed that FDA safety warnings about the increased risk of suicidality in children and adolescents taking antidepressants may have inadvertently led to an increase in suicide attempts due to reductions in antidepressant prescribing.2 While this study had limitations and could not establish a causal effect, it does provide a useful case study on how medicine safety alerts and media