Anatomy of a Coverup

Kermit Cole

The New York Times analyzes the process whereby Celebrex, an arthritis drug, was promoted by Prizer despite knowing that it was no more effective or safer than other drugs. “Pfizer and its partner. Pharmacia, presented the results from the first six months of a yearlong study rather than the whole thing.” Pfizer defends its decision by saying that 33 million Americans have taken the drug.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]

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