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Friday, February 26, 2010

Charlie 'Bling Bling' Nemeroff - Dined & Dashed by GSK


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I'm reminded of a famous quote by Mary Anne Rhyne, spokesperson for GlaxoSmithKline:

"Obviously doctors are very busy people, and their day is packed with patients. The question is how do doctors get information about medicines and new research into treatments and disease, and one of the easiest ways is this kind of presentation [”dine and dash”]. We think this is a benefit to both physicians and patients.” - Mary Ann Rhyne, GlaxoSmithKline spokesperson 11/11/2002

With that quote in mind, it should come as no surprise that Glaxo would 'dine and dash' prominent psychiatrists - in particular to promote the use of their medicines.

One such person was Dr. Charles B. Nemeroff. M.D., Ph.D. Nemeroff was the psychiatry chair at Emory University who failed to report hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments from GlaxoSmithKline.

Those payments [expenses] are now available for the world to see.

Page after page of meetings, dinner's, flights, top class hotels and 'miscellaneous' expense claims that makes the UK MP expense scandal seem trivial by comparison.

The GSK confidential papers were provided to the committee on finance pursuant to senate rule XXIX and can be downloaded HERE

Special thanks to Stephany who writes the Soulful Sepulcher blog for passing me the link

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