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FDA May Ease Up on Electroshock Devices
Date:1/27/2011

, which includes anesthesiology, Kellner told the Times. Usually six to 12 treatments are needed, the NIH said.

Critics of electroshock therapy, including the New York-based advocacy group Alliance for Human Research Protection, argue that it's unsafe. "It's all trial and error -- it's all experimental," Vera Hassner Sharav, alliance president, told the Times. Sharav questioned why, after years of controversy, there have not been clinical trials.

Prior to Thursday's meeting, the FDA requested information on safety and effectiveness from the two U.S. manufacturers of electroshock devices, Somatics LLC of Lake Bluff, Ill., and the Mecta Corp. of Lake Oswego, Ore.

The FDA doesn't have to follow its advisory committee's recommendation but usually does.

A final decision could come later this year, the Times said.

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The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about depression and electroshock therapy.

-- HealthDay staff

SOURCES: Edmi Y. Cortes, M.D., assistant professor, clinical psychiatry, and director, psychiatric services, University of Miami Hospital; U.S. National Institutes of Health; The New York Times


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