Coleg Meddygaeth Prifysgol Cymru

University of Wales College of Medicine

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Adran Meddygaeth Seicolegol / Department of Psychological Medicine
Adran Cymru y Gogledd / North Wales Department
Pennaeth Adran / Head of Department
Yr Athro /Professor Michael J. Owen
Bangor
Dr. D. Healy (Cyfarwyddwr)

 

Dr Keith Jones, Director 13 September 2000
Medicines Control Agency
Market Towers, 1 Nine Elms Lane
LONDON SW8 5NQ

Dear Dr Jones,                                 [See previous correspondence]

I understand there have been letters from Sarah Wark from your Pharmacovigilance Group recently to SSRI companies saying that the CSM has recently reviewed the issue of SSRIs and Suicidal Behaviour. The conclusion apparently was that the available study data did not support a causal association between SSRIs and Suicidal Behaviour. I would greatly appreciate if you could let me know exactly what study data were considered. I would also appreciate any reports that were prepared for this meeting.

I also understand that the letter to the different companies refers to a recent SSRI Core Safety Exercise. Again on this issue I would appreciate any papers or minutes or other relative material relating to this exercise. As in my previous letter please consider this a formal request for information under the code of practice on access to Government information.

Yours sincerely

David Healy MD FRCPsych
Director, North Wales Department of Psychological Medicine
Uned Hergest, Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor, Gwynedd LL27 2PW
Ffn: (01248) 384452 Ffacs: (01248) 371397
Hergest Unit, Gwynedd Hospital, Bangor, Gwynedd LL27 2PW
Tel: (01248) 384452 Fax: (01248) 311397

The MCA acknowledged this letter on 14 September: " … a response will be forwarded to you as soon as the necessary information has been gathered."

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