Indústria farmacêutica paga 500 mil dólares para psiquiatra norte americano (Chicago) utilizar crianças como cobaias em estudos
Big Pharma paid $500,000 to Chicago psychiatrists who used children as guinea pigs
(NaturalNews) A federal lawsuit has been filed against pharmaceutical
giant AstraZeneca for its role in paying Chicago psychiatrist Dr.
Michael Reinstein nearly $500,000 over the course of a decade to
conduct research and to promote its anti-psychotic drug, Seroquel.
Reinstein is being accused of wrongfully preying on thousands of
mentally-ill patients in order to rake in profits for AstraZeneca.
has a long history of working with AstraZeneca, receiving regular
payments for speeches he would make across the country promoting the
drug. AstraZeneca was also paying a for-profit research company, Uptown Research Institute, who in turn was paying Reinstein consulting fees for his services.
Cited in the lawsuit was the fact that Reinstein would continually prescribe roughly double the amount of drugs other psychiatrists would prescribe for the same conditions. When patients would report their pain and suffering due to the tremendous side effects of such drugs and their abnormally high dosages, Reinstein would largely ignore their concerns.
Other accusations include illegitimately prescribing Seroquel
for various other conditions, including losing weight, despite the fact
that studies show the drug actually causes weight gain. Reinstein was
found to have made numerous false claims about Seroquel in promotional
material, claims that would result in the destruction of people’s lives
all was said and done, more than 1,000 patients a year received
Seroquel prescriptions from Reinstein at a cost of $7.6 million to
taxpayers. It is unknown how many billions of dollars AstraZeneca has
made from the widespread efforts of Reinstein in promoting the drug
nationwide for all those years.
Despite all of his wrongdoings,
Reinstein is not even a defendant in the case. AstraZeneca, the
perpetrator which funded Reinstein, is the defendant in the lawsuit.
While both Reinstein and AstraZeneca appear guilty of unethical and
illegal behavior, AstraZeneca is rightfully bearing the brunt as it
knowingly continued to fund Reinstein and rake in the profits of his
The case brings up an important issue that plagues
the pharmaceutical industry. The pharmaceutical money trail is never
transparent, leading to questionable study results and improper
marketing tactics. There is no accountability in the drug sector and
this entire segment of the economy seems to be driven by deception and
greed. Until people begin to demand restitution, the corruption will
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