Evolving Medical Standards

This past April, the FAA began to consider special issuance of medical certificates to pilots with mild-to-moderate depression who have been treated for at least 12 months on one of four antidepressant medications.  The FAA’s decision to allow pilots to take drugs such as Prozac was a demonstration of political bravery.  The FAA carefully constructed a case for the change while also building consensus among industry groups.

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