Psychiatrists Took Undisclosed Payments While Promoting Antipsychotic to Government

Rob Wipond
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WSJ Pharmalot reported on the case of two psychiatrists who took money from a pharmaceutical company, and then did not disclose it when they were trying to convince state legislators to put the company’s antipsychotic drug Seroquel XR on the state formulary.

The state formulary is a list of preferred drugs developed by government to inform insurance coverage.

The two psychiatrists have resigned their positions at a Texas state hospital, reported WSJ Pharmalot, “after being told they would face disciplinary actions for accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking and consulting fees from AstraZeneca, while also promoting one of its drugs to state officials.”

Psychiatrists With Ties to AstraZeneca Resign From Texas State Hospital (WSJ Pharmalot, April 22, 2015)

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Rob Wipond
Rob Wipond is a freelance journalist who writes frequently on the interfaces between psychiatry, civil rights, the justice system, and social change. His articles have been nominated for three Canadian National Magazine Awards, nine Western Magazine Awards, and five Webster Awards for journalism. He is currently working on a book about people's experiences of forced psychiatric treatment, and can be contacted through his website.

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    • I agree, it does seem the injustices in our current world are so staggering they’re almost beyond belief, and that the world needs to be set on fire. But we aren’t alone, all the musicians are singing about it, too.

      Good: “Tonight, We are young; So let’s set the world on fire, we can burn brighter, Than the sun. We can burn brighter Than the sun.”

      Evil: “Now I know that I’m not All that you got, I guess that I, I just thought maybe we could find new ways to fall apart.”

      Good: “But our friends are back, So let’s raise a cup, Cause I found someone to carry me home.”

      The artists are painting it, too. I do believe Jung was likely right, there is a collective unconscious. And I believe there is a good and just God who will come to save:

      “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
      for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

      Blessed are they who mourn,
      for they shall be comforted.

      Blessed are the meek,
      for they shall inherit the earth.

      Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
      for they shall be satisfied.

      Blessed are the merciful,
      for they shall obtain mercy.

      Blessed are the pure of heart,
      for they shall see God.

      Blessed are the peacemakers,
      for they shall be called children of God.

      Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
      for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

      Gospel of St. Matthew 5:3-10

      Maybe I’m wrong, but I see so many within the artistic community, and actual Christians (which does not necessarily include the mainstream corporate religions) standing in solidarity with us. Have hope, we can take down an unjust system, without actually burning anything, that’s just an analogy.

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