By Dr. Peter Breggin
A few years ago I was hired by the FAA to defend the agency against a suit brought by a pilot
who wanted to fly while taking a prescription antidepressant.
I helped the FAA formulate its
defense of the agency's ban on pilots using antidepressants and, as a result, the ban remained in
effect. Pilots remained unable to fly while taking antidepressants, including the newer ones such
as Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, Lexapro and Effexor.