So this is what I read in the most recent issue of “Current Psychiatry”. Read up on the editor Dr Henry Nasrallah and see how many, note NOT IF ANY pharmaceutical companies he has incestuous ties with for him to offer this conclusion. (addendum after printing the post: written in the Columbus Dispatch of March of this year, just after the beginning of the article, who did they note first for questionable profit mongering:
“Dr. Henry Nasrallah, a psychiatrist at the University of Cincinnati, netted $647,341 in speaking and consulting fees from drug companies, ranking him as Ohio’s top recipient of such payments over that four-year period. Cincinnati’s College of Medicine put that money toward his $222,232 annual salary.
“The (pharmaceutical) companies have a signed agreement with the university for my activities, not with me personally,” Nasrallah wrote in an email to why I maintain scientific and clinical impartiality about the various drugs I teach, because I do not have a direct personal gain,” wrote Nasrallah, a former chairman of Ohio State University’s psychiatry department.
Dr. Stephen Strakowski, senior associate dean for research at UC’s College of Medicine, said Nasrallah does not practice and sees patients only in research settings.
The payments generate revenue faster than patient care does, he said, adding that it’s good for the university to have an expert such as Nasrallah out on the speaking circuit. “It’s good PR for the department.”
But in a 2009 “outside activity report” obtained by The Dispatch through a public-records request, Strakowski expressed concern about Nasrallah’s income, saying he believed that his activities were a “conflict of commitment.”
“Due to the large amount of money and time involved ($250,000 last year) in outside pharma-related income, I believe a review of the conflict-management plan is in order,” Strakowski wrote to Nasrallah. “Given that your departmental salary is not completely covered, it would seem that some of the time spent consulting/ speaking might be better directed toward salary-generating university activities (or outside income could be used to this end).”
According to the report, Nasrallah agreed to channel all of his industry-sponsored payments through a department practice corporation. The university now keeps 40 percent, and the rest goes to Nasrallah through his paychecks.”
Amazing what people will do to avoid the spotlight of transgression. ”Sorry folks, can’t talk further, got the next issue of my journal to edit and sell my drugs”, nah, that’s my sarcastic line for him!) (oh, here is the link, finally:
OK, assuming the newer antipsychotics are less harmful to the brain, does that eliminate all the other organ systems they are overtly harmful to, like metabolism issues as concerns 1 through 10?!
God, the arrogance and sheer hypocrisy people in positions of power and influence think they can use to get their agendas met. And you wonder why I did not renew my subscription to this throw away journal, but at least I was able to scan through the copy in a colleague’s mailbox the other day.
Maybe something more of value will come my way…