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Between 1993 and 2002, 118 people in England and Wales taking venlafaxine (Efexor) died - 17.6 deaths per million prescriptions.
Although the rate is still lower than that associated with old-generation tricyclic drugs, it is rising, while the rate for tricyclics is falling.
Tricyclic antidepressants made up the bulk of the cases, linked to nearly 4,000 deaths, or 43.1 deaths for every million prescriptions.
But venlafaxine, from the selective noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) drug family, overtook another class of newer antidepressants that includes drugs like Prozac (fluoxetine) and Seroxat (paroxetine) - the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
SSRIs were linked to 310 deaths overall, but the rate was only 4.3 deaths per million prescriptions.
Originally posted by Gryffen
Most doctors get recommended and when they perscribe a certain amount of drugs from that company they recieve a special bonus for there practice and supplies such as folders...equipment deals...pens pencils...special access to clinical trials etc etc etc.