There’s something about autism that invites scapegoating. The latest attack was on makers of Lexapro, the anti-depressant medication, when used during pregnancy. Six plaintiffs recruited three experts to testify to a supposed causal connection between the drug and their children’s affliction. The court rejected the expert testimony outright and dismissed the case. Three weeks ago, the Second Circuit affirmed. The decisions, while applaudable, are problematic.
A look at several studies shows a significant association between several commonly-used antidepressants among children and teens, and increased suicidal thoughts and aggression. Even so, the reporting of such effects is sadly lacking in many areas, since they are usually under-reported.