Big Pharma - Ghostwriters and Fraud
Boston Globe's Ed Silverman explains the greed that keeps the industry going. "Beyond matters of constitutional law and governmental oversight," he writes, "the pharmaceutical industry is clearly angling to boost prescription sales. Of course, this would fatten bottom lines, a good thing if you happen to be a shareholder."
That's just half of the story.
Yes, it gets worse.
It turns out that Paxil was not FDA-approved for use in adolescents. GSK glossed over that important detail and instead involved themselves in a massive marketing campaign geared towards doctors. Did it work? You bet. In fact, it was so convincing that in just 2002 alone, 2 million Paxil prescriptions were written. Between the well-worded Study 329 and the marketing efforts, many doctors were happy to be on board.