Thursday, July 21, 2011

Harvard Psychiatrists Disciplined for Conflicts of Interest

Thu, 21 Jul 2011 19:01:10 -0400

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Psychiatrist Joseph Biederman and two of his proteges, Thomas Spencer and Timothy Wilens--who for over a decade aggressively promoted the biopolar diagnosis and use of antipsychotics in children, while receiving millions from the manufacturers of these drugs, were disciplined by Harvard University and its affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital--which is more than the National Institute for Mental Health did.

The three wrote a mea culpa letter stating "we want to offer our sincere apologies..." acknowledging "our mistakes..."

However, no mention about the harm to children...and, strangely, not a murmor from the National Institute for Mental Health, which had awarded these disgraced psychiatrists millions of dollars at taxpayers expense.

National Public Radio reported that NIMH would not indicate whether it even conducted an investigation!

Evidently, NIMH officials did not see fit to even conduct an investigation into the corruption of science and violation of federal regulations. This demonstrates an absence of professional and moral integrity at the NIMH, whose administrators think nothing about the misappropriation of public money for commercially-driven, junk research.


Contact: Vera Hassner Sharav

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