In June 1999, popular radio personality Dr. Drew Pinsky used the airwaves to extol the virtues of GlaxoSmithKline PLC’s antidepressant Wellbutrin, telling listeners he prescribes it and other medications to depressed patients because it “may enhance or at least not suppress sexual arousal” as much as other antidepressants do.
But one thing listeners didn’t know was that, two months before the program aired, Dr. Pinsky—who gained fame as “Dr. Drew” during years co-hosting a popular radio sex-advice show “Lovelines”—received the second of two payments from Glaxo totaling $275,000 for “services for Wellbutrin.”
Read the article for more details….other doctors received more in payments to shill for the drug company.
Medicynical Note: Sadly my profession has been corrupted by it’s conflicts of interest. Some inevitable because of the nature of medical care. Doctors earn more by “doing” more. Other conflicts are optional and apparently more remunerative, as indicated in the article. This too needs reform.
Maybe I should add a post category for medical corruption?