Did Glaxo Pay Dr. Drew for Wellbutrin Promos?

In 1999, Dr. Drew Pinsky hailed Glaxo’s Wellbutrin anti-depressant on his radio show. He told listeners Wellbutrin didn’t suppress sexual arousal as competitors’ products did. He even intimated it “may enhance…sexual arousal.” Thing is, Glaxo had recently paid him $275,000 for “services for Wellbutrin.” Uh-oh. Jeanne Whalen in the WSJ:

The payments, made by a communications firm working for Glaxo, are revealed in an attachment to a complaint the U.S. government filed in October 2011 in federal court in the District of Massachusetts. The documents were disclosed this week as the U.S. Justice Department announced a $3 billion criminal and civil settlement with Glaxo over illegal drug marketing and other matters.”

Curious? http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303933404577505032006855076.html?KEYWORDS=dr+drew


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