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CCHR Says New Mental Health Study on College Age Students Misleading
Date:12/24/2008

son & Johnson reported paying him $58,169 in 2001. Additionally, Biederman's colleagues at Harvard, Timothy E. Wilens and Thomas Spencer, failed to report $1.6 million and $1 million they earned from pharmaceutical drug companies, respectively. The consulting arrangements with drug makers were already controversial because of the researchers' advocacy of unapproved uses of psychiatric drugs in children.

More recently, according to the Boston Globe, Biederman emerged as a key witness in a huge, multistate lawsuit brought on behalf of more than 2,000 patients, including children, who claim to have been injured by psychiatric drugs known as atypical antipsychotics, including the Johnson & Johnson drug Risperdal, also known as "risperidone." A November 25 Boston Globe article, "Papers Reveal Push on Drug Firm Funds: Prominent Doctor Tied to Efforts," revealed that Biderman courted drug company money by promising that his work at Massachusetts General Hospital would help promote the use of antipsychotic drugs for youngsters diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Although Biederman's case highlights the extent of possible bias that shapes the psychiatric industry, it's not the first time drug corporations have been implicated behind the expanding psychiatric drug market

The July/August 2002 issue of Mother Jones included an article entitled "Disorders Made to Order," exposing the hidden influence behind psychiatric disorders marketed to the public. Barbara Mintzes, an epidemiologist at the University of British Columbia's Center for Health Services and Policy Research, said, "you oft
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