FastEddieB wrote:let's say the FAA has ruled a certain anti-depressant is "verboten" due to the possibility of it impairing a pilot's abilities.
But that's not exactly the way FAA Aeromedical Branch makes these decisions, Eddie. They decide that depression is a disqualifying condition. (OK, I can kinda buy that.). Then, they say that this particular drug is used to treat depression. Therefore, if you're taking it, you must be depressed, therfore it is the condition
, not the medication
, that grounds you.
The problem is that this policy encourages pilots not
to get treatment for serious medical conditions. They do the same thing regarding some heart medications. What they really should be saying is that untreated
depression (or untreated cardiovascular disease) is disqualifying. Right now, they go exactly the opposite way - get treated, and get grounded.