J&J Fraud Plea Prompts Academics to Regret Participation


Following Johnson & Johnson’s record $2.2 billion settlement for criminal marketing — including $1.4 billion related to its marketing of Risperdal, making it one of the largest fraud settlements involving a single drug —  two academics who contributed to an article that helped sell the drug are expressing concerns about their participation. The paper included an error that cut young boys’ projected risk of developing breasts by half.

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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].


  1. Oh, so now they’re concerned after all the damage has been done to countless numbers of people! A little late in my estimate! If you hang with the dogs then you’re going to get fleas, just stands to reason. They need to take their drubbing that they justly deserve without trying to get out of anything.

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  2. All the academics that have never looked through the eyes of psychosis are clueless anyway, they have never seen that world that the ‘mentally ill’ know about, live in, visited or traveled through.

    I got one thing to say to the “academics” , you want to write about a drug take a few doses YOURSELF so you know WTF your writing about otherwise STFU.

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