|POGO Letter to NIH on Ghostwriting Academics|
|November 29, 2010 – Revised December 9, 2010|
|Drug Maker Wrote Book Under 2 Doctors’ Names, Documents Say|
|November 29, 2010
|APA Statement: Psychiatric Book Not Ghostwritten|
|November 30, 2010
|Ghostbusters at POGO|
|December 1, 2010
|Letters from Drs. Nemeroff’s and Schatzberg’s Lawyers to POGO
|December 2, 2010
|December 8, 2010|
|POGO’s first reply to letters from Dr. Schatzberg and Dr. Nemeroff|
|December 8, 2010
|December 8/9, 2010
|Letters from Drs. Nemeroff’s and Schatzberg’s Lawyer to POGO|
|December 9, 2010
|POGO’s second reply to letters from Dr. Schatzberg and Dr. Nemeroff|
|December 9, 2010
I wrote an email to the American Psychiatric Association about a response to the POGO letter to the N.I.H. about ghost-writing in the psychiatric literature financed by the Pharmaceutical Industry. My letter complained that the APA looked kind of silly defending its recent past president and his coauthor so quickly without taking time to investigate the facts. Their response wasn’t very satisfying. I’ve posted neither my nor their emails to avoid the obvious he said, she said exchanges going on about this issue.
It seems that Drs. Nemeroff and Schatzberg are retaliating legally, denying that the book was ghostwritten and mobilizing their forces for a legal harangue in the courts. I suspect that all the blog and media attention this issue has gotten has just added to their rage. They’re posturing to sue POGO for damages.
I think it’s probably time for this issue to be litigated openly in a court of law. It’s been alluded to repeatedly in suits against the Pharmaceutical Companies, but those have been individual damage suits, or FDA suits, but not the academic physicians being accused of inappropriate industry influence pitted against the evidence against them. Those of us interested in these topics know what we think, based on report after report of their misdeeds, but never have they faced those charges directly to my knowledge. Dr. Nemeroff and Dr. Schatzberg were both removed from their positions on large NIMH Grants for Conflicts of Interest. Both stepped down from Chairmanships of Psychiatry Departments. And although Dr. Nemeroff was banned by Emory from applying for N.I.H. Grants, he was not "fired."