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Was Dr. Drew Paid to Talk Up Antidepressant Drug?

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Besides Dr. Phil and Dr. Ruth, Dr. Drew Pinsky just might be the most famous TV doctor of all time. A board-certified internist, Dr. Drew has made a name for himself over the years -- first as host of the still-running syndicated radio advice show “Loveline” and then on VH1 as the addicted D-list star wrangler on “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.”



Now, every time Lindsay Lohan or Charlie Sheen gets into trouble, Pinsky pops up on an entertainment or news program to give his objective, if not fully informed, opinion. Needless to say, he’s on TV a lot. But reports have surfaced that Dr. Drew may have pushed the antidepressant Wellbutrin to listeners back in June of 1999.

Apparently, Dr. Drew praised the drug (as well as some others) on “Loveline,” saying, it "may enhance or at least not suppress sexual arousal." What fans didn’t know was that Pinksky had received payments totaling $275,000 from a communications firm that worked for the pill’s parent company GlaxoSmithKline a couple of months earlier.

This has all come to light in the midst of the U.S. Justice Department’s announcement of a $3 billion criminal and civil settlement with Glaxo over illegal drug marketing and wooing doctors with cash and exotic trips.

In a statement issued by his publicist, Dr. Drew said that the dough he received was an educational grant from Glaxo Wellcome (which later merged with GlaxoSmithKline). He claims he got the cash for a two-year initiative focused on intimacy and depression. What do you think: Was Dr. Drew paid to talk up the antidepressant drug?

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  • Calm down! 2012/07/05 01:24:11
    Yes
    Calm down!
    +7
    Yes! Some doctor's out there are worse than drug dealers. They want you to take a pill for everything. They seem like salesman now with the latest drug. It's all about money folks!

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  • ANGEL 2012/07/08 04:58:45 (edited)
    Yes
    ANGEL
    It is not new news that the Psychs are in bed with big pharma! The psychs invent a label (and they are invented) and then big pharma comes up with a medication – its an 80 billion dollar industry psychiatrists and big pharma
  • ~Here Comes The Sun~ 2012/07/06 23:06:34
    No
    ~Here Comes The Sun~
    +1
    he's just trying to help ppl and he needs advertisement to make awareness of this drug..
  • Sergio 2012/07/06 16:22:53
  • Lexxi 2012/07/06 15:53:44
    Yes
    Lexxi
    +1
    you know how the industry is
  • Mary Ann 2012/07/06 15:44:30
    Yes
    Mary Ann
  • AngelArs 2012/07/06 15:18:09
    Yes
    AngelArs
    +2
    Any doctor that pushes drugs should be ashamed of themselves.
  • ParkMan 2012/07/06 12:47:36
    No
    ParkMan
    +1
    I know this looks suspicious, however, there are grants to doctors and other researchers that happen all the time. It could very well have been that Dr. Drew was already positive on the drug and that as a result decided to champion some additional research for which he was compensated. Until someone can present some evidence that he did not do what he said, or that there was a pattern of doing this with other drugs, I'm inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt.
  • ģhøṡτ øώl 2012/07/06 12:31:58
    Yes
    ģhøṡτ øώl
    What do you think the main perk of being a doctor IS?
  • V~POTL~PWCM~JLA 2012/07/06 05:27:18
    Yes
    V~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    Big pharma has armies of salesmen whose sole function in life is to pitch the latest drugs to your doctor. Part of the game is nifty perks for the doctors and commission for the salesman. Rest assured, every scrip is tabulated and rewarded. Older, generic drugs are to be discouraged, even if new drugs are no better.

    I would be shocked to find ANY doctor who is not getting lots of attention from the pharma sales force.

    Notice how Obamacare changes none of this. The winners are Big Pharma, hospitals, MDs, and insurance companies. http://www.economywatch.com/e...
  • strawberry 2012/07/06 05:11:01 (edited)
    Yes
    strawberry
    +2
    Why do you think he is a TV doctor.? He gets paid to advertise medical products.

    Dr. Ruth did not just bring her advice, she also brought her bag of sex toys to sell. http://bloglikeitshot.files.w... https://s3.amazonaws.com/asse... medicine bottles for sale pills for sale pills for sale SALES
  • Hockey 40 2012/07/05 22:57:05
    Yes
    Hockey 40
    +2
    Yes, it is all about the money and, not the mental health of a person! Does Dr. Drew need $275,000?
  • Margaret Jacobson 2012/07/05 20:43:17
    Yes
    Margaret Jacobson
    +3
    Why elsev would he do it ??
  • Hockey 40 Margare... 2012/07/05 22:57:50
    Hockey 40
    +1
    True !
  • strawberry Margare... 2012/07/06 05:44:10 (edited)
    strawberry
    +2
    Most TV doctors are quacks.! animated quack
  • Groundskeeper Willy 2012/07/05 19:15:32
    Yes
    Groundskeeper Willy
    Drew and his shows push the envelope of medical ethics. I don't believe he takes his responsibility seriously so long as his feeds his own narcissistic tendencies.
  • JCLadybug 2012/07/05 18:47:06
    No
    JCLadybug
    There isn't enough evidence. He could have just really believed in the drug....and honestly that idea fits. He was on a show called "loveline" finding an antidepressant that didn't have a side-effect that killed the mood, was new at the time. This should have been big news when he first promoted it.
  • knoodelhed 2012/07/05 18:39:43
    No
    knoodelhed
    I'm not sure. If he had helped in the research to create the drug, that could be another matter.
  • kevracer 2012/07/05 18:33:17
    Yes
    kevracer
    +1
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  • Margare... kevracer 2012/07/05 20:44:08
    Margaret Jacobson
    I think MOST do it !!
  • kevracer Margare... 2012/07/05 20:46:50
    kevracer
    he is far from unusual in that respect. Big Pharm is EVIL
  • Nibiru 2012/07/05 16:29:33
  • notokand 2012/07/05 16:10:38
    Yes
    notokand
    Probably. I can't stand him. I think he causes more problems than helps. I also question who he is to judge the people he helps as he had quite the cocaine habit a few years ago.
  • M'lud 2012/07/05 15:29:48
    Yes
    M'lud
    +3
    Never trust a doctor or minister who makes their living on television. They are beholden to their advertisers. The recent criminal fraud case against Glaxo lends credence to this opinion. It's the way big Pharma does business. It's called PANDERING!
  • L1 2012/07/05 13:58:19
    Yes
    L1
    I don't doubt it....
  • FordCrews 2012/07/05 13:55:37
    Yes
    FordCrews
    +1
    These days are soon going to be over, the government/drug companies/insurance companies are now going to pick what we get to take thanks to Obamacare, Hail Obama, Praise Allah.
  • MlssCue =Go Blue= 2012/07/05 13:39:12
    Yes
    MlssCue =Go Blue=
    +1
    Nothing new. Doctors get paid to give the meds or suggest from the drug reps.
  • ♒ßεllεchεvεllε®♒ 2012/07/05 10:24:02
    Yes
    ♒ßεllεchεvεllε®♒
    +2
    Probably. Most all of the docs are bribed into pushing drugs. Drug reps have an astronomical budget to 'court' doctors in order to sell their drugs. Nothing new. But it's nice big pharma is starting to get busted over it. Pfizer is one of the worst.
  • (>*~*)>Zombiecat<(*-*<) 2012/07/05 09:43:50
    Yes
    (>*~*)>Zombiecat<(*-*<)
    +1
    More than likely.
  • jiggy 2012/07/05 08:45:05
    Yes
    jiggy
    Probably anyway.

    That doesn't necessarily mean that he did it in an unethical manner. If he would have recommended the medication regardless of the money, then I don't see receiving compensation from the manufacturer as being unethical.
  • Nibiru jiggy 2012/07/05 16:32:48
  • jiggy Nibiru 2012/07/06 01:17:10
    jiggy
    I don't know how to put it any plainer than I already have.

    They paid him to promote their drug. If he was already promoting it before they paid him, or he would be recommending it without their pay, then it's not unethical.

    I'm not saying this happened. I'm saying that it is possible.
  • Derbyhat 2012/07/05 08:26:47
    Yes
    Derbyhat
    +2
    His program is just "The View" with a degree!
  • Jo 2012/07/05 07:00:35
    No
    Jo
    +1
    I dont believe that for a second; with the number of people in the US on antidepressants, the LAST thing they need are endorsements.
  • Karl 2012/07/05 06:05:31
    Yes
    Karl
    I was getting really confused because they kept on saying the word "Pinksky." What a duh moment.
  • Justin Teufel Hunden 2012/07/05 05:38:34
    Yes
    Justin Teufel Hunden
    Nor a Yes...but a Most likely.
  • Aquaduck 2012/07/05 05:24:59
    Yes
    Aquaduck
    If it's on TV, it's fake.
  • Fenabarb 2012/07/05 03:51:15
    Yes
    Fenabarb
    +1
    For to long big drug companies have given incentives to Doctors.
    In my opinion all doctors and health professionals should be banned from receiving any incentives and gifts from suppliers of drugs
  • Kingarthurup 2012/07/05 03:31:56
    Yes
    Kingarthurup
    +2
    they all take endorsement deals... look at how Odumba promoted Solyndra!
  • Kat ♪ ~ ♪ 2012/07/05 03:22:30
    Yes
    Kat ♪ ~ ♪
    They make a lot of money that way.
  • Rob 2012/07/05 02:49:20
    Yes
    Rob
    Of course he's on the take. Everyone who holds any power or influence is eventually given an offer they cannot refuse by some evil corporation (oh wait, they're all evil).

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