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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Dalhousie University Stand By Their Stan

Stan Kutcher, the Halifax, Novia Scotia child & Adolescent psychiatrist, who ran unsuccessfully as the Liberal candidate for Halifax in the last Canadian federal election, last month, came under fire from myself and a bunch of other patient advocates after it was learned that he had threatened a local newspaper after they had ran a story about his involvement with the infamous Paxil 329 study.

High jinks on the social networking sites, Twitter and Facebook, ensued and many of Kutcher's supporters allegedly were behind a smear campaign of Alsion Bass, the author of Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial. Bass had been quoted in the original article that ran in the 'The Coast' newspaper.

Investigative journalist, Ed Silverman, who writes the popular Pharmalot blog, has been following the story with interest and recently contacted the University where Kutcher is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry.

It appears that Nicholas Delva, who heads the department of psychiatry, is defending Kutcher to the hilt with regard to his involvement in the Paxil 329 study, quite strange seeing as the Dalhousie guidelines on ghostwritten material are:

“Presentations, publications, slides or media products of any kind, oral or written, should not be ghostwritten by any party, industry or otherwise. To be listed as an author indicates responsibility for the content and meaningful participation in preparation of the document. Appropriate authorship and contribution should be noted for materials prepared for someone other than the presenter. Transparent writing collaboration (with attribution) between academic and industry investigators, medical writers, and/or technical experts is not ghostwriting”

Pharmalot has the full investigative story HERE.

It will be interesting to see if Kutcher threatens Pharmalot with a lawsuit.

In the meantime, for those of you who are unaware exactly what the Paxil 329 Study was, watch this:

Related Articles:

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Why 'The Coast' Pulled the Stan Kutcher Article

Paxil Study 329 - The Secrets of The Drug Trials

Stan Kutcher's Followers Doing Him No Favours

Other blogs:

Ghostwritten text books & skewed Paxil 329 study Nemeroff, Kutcher demand apologies for truth exposures

Paxil, Seroxat : Reputations for sale? a review of the PAXIL 329 scandal: Stan Kutcher