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In general it has been weekly, rather than monthly, peer reviewed journals that have championed rapid publication of articles. Today we publish an article that was submitted in September. We will continue to be alert to important and topical papers. This original research article, from the Centre for Paediatric Pharmacy Research, University of London, describes the use of antidepressants in children and adolescents in the UK between 1992 and 2001. Over this time period, the use of tricyclic antidepressants declined by 30% and the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) increased 10 fold. Most SSRIs were prescribed for depression. This article places in context the 2003 recommendation by the Committee on Safety of Medicines to withdraw the use of venlafaxine and all SSRIs (except fluoxetine) for children with major depression disorders because of the concern that these drugs increase the risk for suicidal behaviour.
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