FAA reverses decades-old ban on antidepressants for pilots

04/5/2010 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Pilots can now seek treatment for depression after the FAA reversed a 70-year-old rule that banned flying a plane while taking antidepressants. "We need to change the culture and remove the stigma associated with depression," FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said in announcing the change. "Pilots should be able to get the medical treatment they need so they can safely perform their duties."

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