Ghosted Psychiatry Textbook, Penned by Drs. Nemeroff & Schatzberg
Tue, 30 Nov 2010 15:59:25 -0500
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A letter of complaint by the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) was sent to the director of the National Institutes of Health, documenting $66.8 million in NIH grants over the last five years awarded to a handful of psychiatrists who used ghostwriters for scientific publications.
The instances in the letter involve ghostwriting by only one company--Scientific Therapeutics Information (STI)-- and involve only one drug--GlaxoSmithkline's (GSK) antidepressant, Paxil.
Duff Wilson of The New York Times reports that previously sealed GlaxoSmithKline documents reveal that a textbook in psychiatry, whose listed authors are Charles Nemeroff, MD and Alan Schatzberg, MD, was actually ghostwritten by Sally Laden of STI.
GSK paid the ghostwriter and the "authors" who penned their names to the book.
The sheer audacity prompted former FDA commissioner, Dr. David Kessler to exclaim: "To ghostwrite an entire textbook is a new level of chutzpah. "I've never heard of that before. It takes your breath away."
Surely that is a dubious distinction in academic medicine!
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