FAA reverses rules on pilots treated for depression
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKOW) -- Starting Monday, some pilots on anti-depressants can return to the cockpit.
The FAA is reversing a decades old practice based on the belief that pilots suffering from depression are a safety risk. Now, pilots with mild or moderate depression who have been taking Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa or Lexapro for at least a year, and are considered stable can fly again.
The FAA says the pilots will be closely monitored.
Some argue making the pilots sait a year still deters some suffering from depression from getting the help they need.
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