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23 Nov 2010

Government scraps target for prescribing antidepressants

Despite the Scottish Government goal, the number of pills given out by doctors has continued to increase.

More than four million were prescribed in Scotland during 2008/09, an increase of 178,650 from the previous financial year.

The target will be replaced with a goal addressing access to counselling and other so-called “talking” therapies.

In one of his last interviews before leaving his post, Dr Kevin Woods, chief executive of NHS Scotland, said that since the target was created more had been learned about the contribution antidepressants made to managing depression.

He said the aim of the target had to been to encourage the development of other treatments and this had been a success.

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