So how can our governments and health officials allowed crooked companies like this to provide drugs and vaccines to our children?
“To ghostwrite an entire textbook is a new level of chutzpah. I’ve never heard of that before. It takes your breath away.” said Dr. David A. Kessler, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, speaking to the New York Times after reviewing the documents:
“Drug Maker Wrote Book Under 2 Doctors’ Names, Documents Say” By Duff Wilson THE NEW YORK TIMES – November 29, 2010.
We republish here a 30 November 2010 edited article from Vera Hassner Sharav of the New York charity Alliance For Human Research Protection – reporting on the story from the New York Times.
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
A letter of complaint, by the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) was sent to the director of the National Institutes of Health (below), documenting $66.8 million in NIH grants that were awarded to a handful of psychiatrists who penned their name to ghostwritten scientific publications [see full text of letter and references below].
The instances identified in the letter involve ghostwriting by only one company–Scientific Therapeutics Information–and only one drug–GlaxoSmithKline’s antidepressant, Paxil (peroxetine).
Duff Wilson of The New York Times reports that previously sealed GlaxoSmithKline documents show that a psychiatry textbook, whose listed authors are psychiatrists, Charles Nemeroff, MD and Alan Schatzberg, MD, was actually ghostwritten by Sally Laden of STI. GSK paid the ghostwriter and the “authors” who penned their names to the book.
But then, psychiatry and its leadership has the notorious distinction of lacking a minimal scientific foundation to support just about any of its clinical practice guidelines–as the entire field is driven not by honest research, but by the financial interests of the pharmaceutical industry and their paid “partners” in academia.