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Article posted Jul 11 2012, 9:17 AM Category: Brave New World Source: Slate Magazine Print

Dr. Drew Pinsky cashed in on drug company money: Is your doctor on the take?

By Charles Seife

If you've ever seen Dr. Drew Pinsky on TV, you've seen the look: lips pursed, eyes narrowed, head slightly tilted to stage right. It's an expression that seems practiced in front of a mirror, designed to dispense to his troubled patients precisely the right dosage of compassion tinged with disapproval—but, instead, it makes him look like his mind is somewhere else, off golfing or figuring out where his next paycheck is going to come from.

Thanks to the Justice Department, we now know of a Dr. Drew payday large enough to trigger a reverie or two. As part of its monstrous $3 billion settlement with the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the DOJ unsealed documents showing that the dear doctor had taken in at least $275,000 for "services for Wellbutrin."

Precisely how can one service an antidepressant like Wellbutrin? According to the government's complaint, Dr. Drew was hired to "deliver messages about [Wellbutrin SR] in settings where it did not appear that Dr. Pinsky was speaking for GSK." After Pinsky suggested that Wellbutrin might be responsible for increasing a woman's orgasm rate—to as many as 60 orgasms in a good night—an internal GSK memo noted approvingly that Dr. Drew had "communicated key campaign messages" about Wellbutrin to the public.

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Nickel's2bits

Posted: Jul 11 2012, 5:23 PM

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97104 Dr. Drew Pinsky was just doing what benefited him personally. According to utilitarianism (and most Libertarians) that's the only good; and if anyone was hurt by Wellbutrin, that's their problem.
Anonymous

Posted: Jul 11 2012, 8:51 PM

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20934 Artistically squeezing the government teat.

It's America's number one means of sustenance.
Anonymous

Posted: Jul 12 2012, 12:43 PM

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72223 Look out for number one
My country right or wrong
Let the devil take the hindmost
I was brought up to cheat
So long as the referee wasn't looking
I'm never wrong at all
I always fight the call
I don't admit it
But back in the dressing room
The other side is screaming
And we're winning, winning ugly, yeah
And we're winning, winning ugly



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