Prozac is 25 years old. One of the first blockbuster drugs, it has been taken by over 40 million people around the world and made billions of dollars for Eli Lilly, the company that created it.
In this programme, Will Self examines the legacy of the so-called wonder drug. As he sets off on a personal exploration of the conflicting and sensational stories that surround Prozac, he talks to those who make the drug, those who take it and those who prescribe it.
Anti-depressant use in the UK is rising sharply, but as Will discovers when he talks to Eli Lilly's Dr Robert Baker, the medical world still doesn't really know exactly how Prozac works. Dr David Wong, one of the fathers of the drug, reveals to Will that he believes too many people are taking it. Psychotherapist Susie Orbach diagnoses a generation of 'Prozac children' raised on the promise of on-demand happiness.
Dr David Healy, one of Prozac's most outspoken critics, tells Will why he thinks that the drug and its siblings are responsible for hundreds of unnecessary deaths in this country each year, and Linda Hurcombe explains to Will why she believes Prozac is linked to the death of her teenage daughter, Caitlin. On the flip side, Will meets Dorothy Neilson who explains how the drug saved her from a horrifying pit of depression
Presenter/ Will Self, Producer/ Kate Taylor, A Whistledown Production"