The Influence of FDA Advisory Information and Black Box Warnings on Consumer Use of Prescription Antidepressants

31 Pages Posted: 31 Oct 2008

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Kristy Parkinson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Joseph Price

Brigham Young University

Kosali Ilayperuma Simon

Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Sharon L. Tennyson

Cornell University - Department of Policy Analysis & Management (PAM)

Date Written: October 29, 2008

Abstract

We examine how consumer use of antidepressant medications was influenced by warnings provided by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about the increased risk of suicidality associated with antidepressant use among children. Using data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, we find evidence consistent with reduced use of antidepressants among the intended population (children), as well as spillover effects of reduced use among an unintended population (adults). Our results indicate that consumers may perceive extra risks beyond those specifically mentioned in warnings.

Keywords: prescription drugs, information

JEL Classification: I1

Suggested Citation

Parkinson, Kristy and Price, Joseph and Simon, Kosali Ilayperuma and Tennyson, Sharon L., The Influence of FDA Advisory Information and Black Box Warnings on Consumer Use of Prescription Antidepressants (October 29, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1292082 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1292082

Kristy Parkinson

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Joseph Price (Contact Author)

Brigham Young University ( email )

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Kosali Ilayperuma Simon

Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA) ( email )

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Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Sharon L. Tennyson

Cornell University - Department of Policy Analysis & Management (PAM) ( email )

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