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  1. Scott
    October 8, 2008 @ 5:31 pm

    Please keep me updated on your daily emails about Pharma corruption and related subjects – I am interested in natural alternatives and like to know what is happening in the industry so that I can help to evolve the discussion toward life-supporting rather than life -damaging activities.

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  2. Doug Bremner MD
    October 8, 2008 @ 10:46 pm

    Mind you, I am not here to justify Dr. Nemeroff’s bad behavior. To not disclose the payment of more than $10,000 a year from a drug company that makes a drug you are also studying with an NIH funded grant is clearly a violation of NIH policy (although not a violation of the law).

    However, when I was attacked by a drug company, Nemeroff was the ONLY person at Emory to come to my defense

    http://www.beforeyoutakethatpill.com/blog.thml

    I think you need to take personal character into account before you rush to judgment. He had NO personal incentive to defend me. He did it out of principle.
    And in fact he and EVERYONE at Emory was nervous by my behavior. In fact Emory refused to issue a press release about my book.
    I have some questions for the Senator.

    First off, why are you only investigating psychiatrists? [Answer: psychiatrists have an approval rating in medicine that is only above chiropractors. Many people blame paxil for their problems. It is low hanging fruit]

    Second, why don’t you look at other specialties? Take a look at cafepharma.com, where the drug reps are gossiping in relation to the Nemeroff dispute that “key opinion leaders” for advair are at the front of the gravy train. [Answer: cardiologists make life saving drugs, while psychiatrists are pseudoscientists who are trying to invent a myth about serotonin imbalance so they can help sell drugs for their cronies, the drug companies.] [Answer to answer: Not true. You have to treat 100 heart disease patients with Lipitor to prevent one heart attack, while you treat only 8-17 depressed patients with an antidepressant to prevent a recurrence. And if you don’t believe that depression is as bad as a heart attack, ask someone who has been there.]

    Ask anyone who works in a university hospital. If their docs have any talent, they are never there. It is because they are always away giving talks for pharma. And pretty much all of it is undisclosed. The ones who are complaining about it are the losers who pharma doesn’t want to lecture for them anyway.

    Senator Grassley, if you really want to get to the bottom of the corruption that has permeated academic medicine, do a nation wide audit. Of ALL specialties. If you don’t, you are a hypocrite.
    http://www.beforeyoutakethatpill.com/blog.html

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/doug-bremner/deposition-x-or-pages-fro_b_100931.html

    Doug Bremner MD
    http://www.dougbremner.com

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  3. Joe Newman
    October 8, 2008 @ 10:58 pm

    Thanks for your comment, Dr. Bremner. Sorry it took so long to get up, it got caught in our spam filter.

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  4. Nemeroff is a symptom of a bigger problem « citizenvox.org
    October 13, 2008 @ 4:40 pm

    […] a PC research associate, opined in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about noted Emory psychiatrist Charles Nemeroff, he of the $2.8 million in Pharma consulting contracts. It might be tempting to write off Nemeroff […]

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  5. Geneve from ATL
    October 21, 2008 @ 3:44 pm

    I wonder if Grassley and NIH should not start investigating other misuses of public grants, such as investigators starting their own unsuccessful companies around valuable patents developed with federal funds, and paying nothing to the public coffers… universities sweet-dealing with their own employees. some technologies could even be life-saving ones… all lost in ego-boosting, failure-destined, enterprises

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