Aspartame's approval by the US Food and Drug Administration came only after Donald Rumsfeld pushed to have it approved
during the Reagan administration. Before coming to power during Reagan Rumsfeld served at CEO to GD Searle Corp
, a major pharmaceutical giant which had developed the sugar substitute. Searle Corp was later absorbed by agribusiness giant Monsanto
. A "debate" between E Fuller Torrey and Thomas Szasz
wherein Torrey postures and postulates and hogs the floor spouting undocumented assertions about schizophrenia while avoiding responding to legitimate critiques about his own points of view. Dr. Torrey
, you might know, believes that schizophrenia is caused either by being born in winter or by a virus carried by house cats
. From the New York Times: Influential Harvard psyciatrists Dr. Joseph Biederman, and a colleague, Dr. Timothy E. Wilens accepted millions in "consulting fees" from drug companies
while advocating that children be prescribed psychiatric medications. Dr. Biederman is widely regarded as
"...one of the most influential researchers in child psychiatry and is widely admired for focusing the field’s attention on its most troubled young patients. Although many of his studies are small and often financed by drug makers, his work helped to fuel a controversial 40-fold increase from 1994 to 2003 in the diagnosis of pediatric bipolar disorder..."
Biederman and Wilens, who administered federal government research grants at Massachusetts General Hospital, said they did not realize that taking approximately $1.6 million dollars each, in consulting fees [would some refer to this as a bribe?
] from drug giant Johnson + Johnson was either a conflict of interest or might be seen as an ethical problem.
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