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Sunday, September 3, 2006

Tom Cruise Knows Drug Labels

I'm just speculating here -- perhaps a bored reader can do the Nexis search -- but I bet this is the first story in which Tom Cruise, Brooke Shields, and FDA black-box warnings have been mentioned together:

Cruise’s spokesman confirmed the celebrities made up.

“It is true that his friendship with Ms Shields has been mended,” spokesman Arnold Robinson said in a statement. ”He has not changed his position about antidepressants, which as evidenced by the black label warnings issued by the FDA on these types of drugs, are unhealthy.”

That said, the black box warning on SSRIs (at least Zoloft [PDF] and Paxil [PDF]) addresses use by children and adolescents.  While I'm sure Shields looks younger than her 41 years, she's neither a child nor an adolescent.

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