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American Lung Association Study Finds No Evidence of Depression or Suicide Linked to Asthma and Allergy Drug Montelukast
Date:8/31/2008

either the adults or the children who received montelukast. On the contrary, the research team found a positive effect on emotional outlook when comparing patients taking montelukast to those receiving placebo.

While the findings of this study are reassuring and produced no evidence to support the recent publicity regarding a link between montelukast and depression or suicide, the authors do not dismiss the possibility that there could be other unrecognized adverse reactions to montelukast.

The ACRC Network is an American Lung Association-sponsored research program that conducts large-scale clinical trials with the mission of advancing the care and treatment of people with asthma. The network, with a central data coordinating center and 20 clinical centers located across the country, is the largest of its kind. By placing its clinical centers around the country, the ACRC Network is able to enroll large numbers of patients for clinical trials, thus ensuring relevant research findings can be interpreted with the highest level of scientific authority.

Norman Edelman, MD disclosed stock ownership with Johnson & Johnson. Janet Holbrook, PhD, MPH made the following disclosures: Research support by Takeda and Astra-Zeneca; Raida Harik-Khan, PhD had no disclosures.

The American Lung Association has a strict policy of not endorsing products. Corporate and educational partnerships affiliated with the Association's National Headquarters can be found online at: http://www.lungusa.org/site/c.dvLUK9O0E/b.2827559/k.3BEB/Corporate_Educatio nal _Partnerships.htm (due to URL length, please copy and paste into browser).

About the American Lung Association: Beginning our second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. Lung disease death rates are currently increasing
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