Paxil Consultant Fails to Disclose Payments

An Emory University psychiatrist failed to disclose fees he received as a result of his consulting work for Glaxo Smith-Kline regarding their controversial drug Paxil. The payments were not a forgettable amount either-$500,000. Charles Nemeroff, chair of Emory University’s psychiatry department, was compensated handsomely for making Paxil presentations to doctors on behalf of Glaxo Smith-Kline.
According to a federal inquiry, Emory University was unaware of the conflict or the payments. In fact, according to Emory University officials, Nemeroff was specifically instructed not to take more than $10,000 for the work.
Any federally funded research is supposed to be free of these types of conflicts of interest as well as the egregious behavior of tenured faculty members. Their behavior and greed put the reputation of the entire university on the line when they behave in such a fashion. This isn’t the first scandal that clouds Dr. Nemeroff. In 2006, he stepped down as editor of the journal Neuropsychopharmacology after The Wall Street Journal reported he wrote favorably in the publication about a depression-treating device but didn’t disclose he was a paid consultant to its maker, Cyberonics Inc.
This is bad for the university, the integrity of research projects in general, and most importantly the health and welfare of the public who receive treatment from doctors who’ve been bamboozled by people like Nemeroff. Good for Chuck Grassley, keep up the good work in the Senate!