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2241 Drugs' Links To Suicide Risk Draw Concern 10/07/2008 12:39:02
2242 Glaxo Exec Resigns From UK Schools Watchdog Group 10/07/2008 13:01:43
2243 Update - UK Daily Mail Censors MMR Vaccine Coverage 10/07/2008 13:11:31
2244 NYT Appalled At AAP Child Cholesterol Drugs Promo 11/07/2008 15:12:38
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2246 Skyrocketing Autism And Mercury In Vaccines 11/07/2008 15:29:19
2247 Girls Paralysed By Gardasil Vaccine Sue Merck 12/07/2008 12:16:32
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2249 Justice For UK Families - Open Up The Courts 12/07/2008 12:21:18
2250 Vulnerable Babies Killed By Glaxo's Pneumonia Vaccine Trial 12/07/2008 12:22:03
2251 Psychiatrists Probed Over Pharma Ties 13/07/2008 15:55:02
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Psychiatrists Probed Over Pharma Ties
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Grassley Probes Psychiatrists Over Ties To Pharma
July 11th, 2008
By Ed Silverman

The investigation by the Senate Finance Committee, where Chuck Grassley is the ranking Republican, into the ties between drugmakers and medicine is expanding. After targeting grants issued to academic psychiatrists, Grassley now wants the American Psychiatric Association to open its books for a look-see at pharma funding.

Psychiatrists, of course, prescribe antidepressants and antipsychotics, both of which have stirred controversy. And psychiatrists have frequently shown up at the top of lists of doctors receiving pharma money. This week, for instance, Vermont’s Attorney General released its annual report showing that, of the top 100 recipients, psychiatrists received the highest level of payments, and 11 psychiatrists received a total of about $626,000, or approximately 20 percent of the total value of payments. The average amount received by psychiatrists was nearly $57,000.

Not coincidentally, the Senate committee’s conflicts-of-interest probe into oversight of grants issued by drugmakers and the NIH has focused on three psychiatrists - Harvard University’s Joe Biederman, Stanford University’s Alan Schatzberg and the University of Cincinnati’s Melissa DelBello.

The following e-mail was sent to APA members…

Date: 07/11/2008 11:07AM
Subject: Message from APA Leadership

Fellow Members of the APA:

The APA Office has just received a letter from Senator Grassley of Iowa, requesting a complete accounting of APA revenues, except those from advertising in our journals, from pharmaceutical companies, starting in 2003. We will, of course, provide this information, which had already been available to our members.

These monies have supported activities including symposia, program bags, buses, and exhibits at our annual meetings and research and leadership training for outstanding residents. Our compliance with the rules governing these revenues has earned us accolades from the accrediting agency.

We are not alone; recent public focus on relationships between medicine and the pharmaceutical industry is a challenge for the whole field of medicine. The APA fully endorses the concept of transparency in our relationships with pharma and other entities and has been in the forefront of the disclosure process. In March, 2008, long before this inquiry from Senator Grassley, your Board of Trustees empaneled a working group charged to review all APA pharmaceutical revenues, sort them into categories; and provide the Board with options for ending pharmaceutical support in each category and the implications for the activities they currently fund. We are proud of what we do.

We will continue to keep you informed about this and all matters of importance to members of the APA.

Nada Stotland, M.D., MPH
APA President

UPDATE: The New York Times now has a story about this in its Saturday paper.
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