Friday, March 06, 2009

Another Harvard psychiatrist is fingered

"Federal prosecutors say that a Massachusetts General Hospital psychiatrist became a 'star spokesman' in helping a pharmaceutical company promote its drugs for treating depressed children, even though the medications were not approved for pediatric use by the US Food and Drug Administration."

"In a complaint unsealed last week in US District Court in Boston, prosecutors allege that New York-based Forest Laboratories Inc. illegally marketed the drugs Celexa and Lexapro for use in children by paying kickbacks, including lavish meals and cash payments disguised as grants and consulting fees, to induce doctors to prescribe the drugs. They also say the company misled doctors and the public by failing to disclose the results of a negative study."

Read more in the Boston Globe.

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