Top Psychiatrist Didn’t Report Drug Makers’ Pay 
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 Top Psychiatrist Didn’t Report Drug Makers’ Pay

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October 4, 2008
Top Psychiatrist Didnt Report Drug Makers Pay

One of the nations most influential psychiatrists earned more than
$2.8 million in consulting arrangements with drug makers from 2000 to
2007, failed to report at least $1.2 million of that income to his
university and violated federal research rules, according to documents
provided to Congressional investigators.

The psychiatrist, Dr. Charles B. Nemeroff of Emory University, is the
most prominent figure to date in a series of disclosures that is
shaking the world of academic medicine and seems likely to force broad
changes in the relationships between doctors and drug makers.

In one telling example, Dr. Nemeroff signed a letter dated July 15,
2004, promising Emory administrators that he would earn less than
$10,000 a year from GlaxoSmithKline to comply with federal rules. But
on that day, he was at the Four Seasons Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyo.,
earning $3,000 of what would become $170,000 in income that year from
that company 17 times the figure he had agreed on.

The Congressional inquiry, led by Senator Charles E. Grassley,
Republican of Iowa, is systematically asking some of the nations
leading researchers to provide their conflict-of-interest disclosures,
and Mr. Grassley is comparing those documents with records of actual
payments from drug companies. The records often conflict, sometimes

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