Were Eli Lilly Unaware of This Study?

  • Aasa Reidak

Were Eli Lilly Unaware of This Study?

  • Aasa Reidak
  • Published: September 26, 2006
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0030408

The authors of this study [1] claim that no competing interests exist. However, 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 before the study was published. This is noted on page 19 of Dr. Licinio’s 51 page curriculum vitae [2]. In a Medical News Today article [3], Eli Lilly claims to not have known about this study until it was accepted for publication. I don’t see how they could not have known about Dr. Licinio’s study, when he presented on the very topic at Eli Lilly Research Laboratory in Indianapolis on March 16, 2005.


  1. 1. Milane MS, Suchard MA, Wong ML, Licinio J (2006) Modeling of the temporal patterns of fluoxetine prescriptions and suicide rates in the United States. PLoS Med 3: e190. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0030190.
  2. 2. Licinio J (2006) Curriculum vitae. Available: Accessed 9 August 2006.
  3. 3. [No authors listed] (2006 June 14) New study suggests antidepressants save lives. Medical News Today. Available: Accessed 9 August 2006.