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Modeling of the Temporal Patterns of Fluoxetine Prescriptions and Suicide Rates in the United States

  • Michael S Milane,

    Affiliations: Center for Pharmacogenomics and Clinical Pharmacology, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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  • Marc A Suchard,

    Affiliation: Department of Biomathematics, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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  • Ma-Li Wong,

    Affiliations: Center for Pharmacogenomics and Clinical Pharmacology, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

    ¤ Current address: Julio Licinio and Ma-Li Wong, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Miami, Miami, Florida, United States of America

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  • Julio Licinio mail

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: licinio@miami.edu

    Affiliations: Center for Pharmacogenomics and Clinical Pharmacology, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension, Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

    ¤ Current address: Julio Licinio and Ma-Li Wong, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Miami, Miami, Florida, United States of America

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  • Published: June 13, 2006
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0030190

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Eli Lilly not aware of this study until it was accepted for publication?

Posted by plosmedicine on 30 Mar 2009 at 23:55 GMT

Author: Aasa Reidak
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Submitted Date: June 15, 2006
Published Date: June 20, 2006
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The authors of this study claim that no competing interests exist. Yet, Julio Licinio presented a talk at Lilly Research Laboratory in Indianapolis, Indiana, on March 16, 2005, on "Depression, Antidepressants, and Suicidality: A Critical Appraisal" and "Suicide in the U.S. 1960-2002: Impact of Fluoxetine Prescriptions", slightly over a year ago (see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.g... ).

This is noted on page 19 of Dr Licinio's 51 page Curriculum Vitae at http://www4.od.nih.gov/ob... .

In a Medical News Today article, Eli Lilly claims to not have known about this study until it was accepted for publication (Article URL: http://www.medicalnewstod... ). I don't see how they could not have known about Julio Lucinio's study, when he did present on the very topic at Eli Lilly Research Laboratory in Indianapolis on March 16, 2005.

No competing interests declared.