Top 50 Psychiatrists Paid by Pharmaceutical Companies

An interesting look at the highest paid drug dealers in the psychiatric industry.  What is the price of a medical doctor’s immortal soul?  This list shows about $200,000 for the shrewdest players.  Escobar would be proud.  From PsychCentral:

green_pillsWho were the top 50 psychiatrists in the U.S. paid by the top seven pharmaceutical companies?

This past week, ProPublica, an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest, recently decided to answer that question by compiling a list of 384 physicians and health care providers who earned more than $100,000 total from one or more of the seven companies that have disclosed payments in 2009 and early 2010. Click here for the full list of 384 physicians.

We combed that list and found the top 50 psychiatry earners for the past two years (2009-2010). You can click on any name below to learn more about the physician.

According to an accompanying article to this data, ProPublic notes that “[p]ayments to doctors for promotional work are not illegal and can be beneficial. Strong relationships between pharmaceutical companies and physicians are critical to developing new and better treatments.” Perhaps, but for far too long, companies have used physicians as empty-headed mouthpieces for their marketing propaganda.

Transparency helps ensure these relationships are now out in the open, so that other docs and health care professionals know exactly what they’re getting when a doctor speaks to them about a particular drug’s benefits.

ProPublic also found some concerns in their overall analysis of this data, namely that some doctors on the list faced disciplinary action, and others had resumes that wouldn’t support their use as an “expert” in the field, discussing a company’s research in context of the entire research base…

Click here for the full list.  It is worth a glance just to see the “compensation” offered by major players in the psycho-pharm industry to their lackeys.

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  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    And we wonder why there’s such pro-pill/pro-drug prevalence in the trade these days. A less suspicious person than I might posit that there is no connection between huge fees for advocacy and massive script writing. Unfortunately I’m not that “less suspicious” person. I remember the piles of free crap my grandad used to get from pharmaceutical reps. It mostly got boxed and tossed or given away..except the really useful stuff (nice pens tended to stick around.) Mostly…he just read the accompanying paperwork for the actual med and risked using it only when it matched the patients needs…but that was 25 years ago…and the marketplace has changed a lot since then…almost all for the worse.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    And we wonder why there’s such pro-pill/pro-drug prevalence in the trade these days. A less suspicious person than I might posit that there is no connection between huge fees for advocacy and massive script writing. Unfortunately I’m not that “less suspicious” person. I remember the piles of free crap my grandad used to get from pharmaceutical reps. It mostly got boxed and tossed or given away..except the really useful stuff (nice pens tended to stick around.) Mostly…he just read the accompanying paperwork for the actual med and risked using it only when it matched the patients needs…but that was 25 years ago…and the marketplace has changed a lot since then…almost all for the worse.

  • DeepCough

    You mean to say that headshrinking quacks are just a bunch of greedy corporate shills? Oh, say it ain’t so, man.

  • DeepCough

    You mean to say that headshrinking quacks are just a bunch of greedy corporate shills? Oh, say it ain’t so, man.

  • Anonymous

    Our Daily Meds is a great book that goes more in depth about this issue.

  • PunkIntellect

    Our Daily Meds is a great book that goes more in depth about this issue.

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