Another influential psychiatrist at Emory Senator Grassley's investigations disclosed had strong relationships with drug companies is Dr. Zachary Stowe. Senator Grassley uncovered an email that demonstrates the degree of control that drug companies have with physicians in influential positions. The email was sent to the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) from a public relations firm that worked for them. GSK is the manufacturer of Paxil, an antidepressant drug with severe side effects, including suicide. The email was titled "For Your Review/Paxil Breast Milk Press Release." The email states:
"Please review the attached press release and forward me anycomments/edits. As you may know, Dr. Stowe is on boardfor publicity efforts and name withheld and I are coordinatingtime to meet with him next week to arm him with the keymessages for this announcement, which is slated for earlyFebruary. We are sending the release for your review at thesame time in efforts to secure distribution on Emory letterhead(as you know, would provide credibility to data for the media)"
GSK paid Dr. Stowe at least a quarter of a million dollars in 2007 and 2008 according to Sen. Grassley's investigations. Dr. Stowe also received money to promote psychiatric drugs from Eli Lilly, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer, and Wyeth. (See my website to learn about the severe health risks to fetus and infants when pregnant women and nursing mothers take antidepressant drugs.)
Two child psychiatrists from Harvard Medical School, Dr. Joseph Biederman and Dr. Timothy E. Wilens, reported to Senator Grassley that they each earned several hundred thousand dollars from drug companies from 2000 to 2007. However it was found they each earned at least $1.6 million. Dr. Bierderman's support of the use of powerful antipsychotic drugs in children led to a sharp increase in the use of these dangerous drugs in children as young as three years old.
While psychiatrists are being paid by pharmaceutical companies to promote psychiatric drugs, people who are taking the drugs are dying. One in 145 adults died in clinical trials of those taking the antipsychotic drugs Zyprexa, Risperdal, or Seroqual according to FDA data. Dr. Biederman has financial ties with Johnson and Johnson, owners of the company that makes Risperdal.
"We know the drug companies are throwing huge amounts of money at medical researchers, and there is no clear-cut way to know how much and exactly where," Senator Grassley said in a news release.
The public and practicing physicians cannot trust the research results and the promotion of drugs by what appears to be eminent sources. The pervasive financial control by the pharmaceutical industry has destroyed their credibility, and left us in a position where:
Hearing the truth about drugs is like trying tohear a mouse tap dance during a hurricane.