Dr Paula Caplan, associate of the DuBois Research Institute at Harvard University, has written an article exposing historical ties between Dr Allen Frances, lead editor of DSM-IV, and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary and the makers of Risperdal, a second generation antipsychotic.
Caplan cites a 2010 court document written by Dr David J Rothman, a Columbia University Ethics specialist, in connection with a Medicaid fraud case. In the document, Rothman reveals details of Frances’ work for Janssen Pharmaceuticals, including a payment of more than $500k to Frances and two colleagues for the development of guidelines which promoted the use of Risperdal.
Rothman states that the guidelines were constructed “in disregard of professional medical ethics and principles of conflict of interest,” and that they “subverted scientific integrity, appearing to be a purely scientific venture when it was at its core, a marketing venture for Risperdal.”
The full article, published by Aporia, can be viewed here.
From his writings, especially in the lead up to DSM5, I’ve always thought of Frances as an ally and one of the good guys. He is certainly more open to reason than any other psychiatrist i have tried to communicate with.
(I’m also quite sure I commented to this effect before, when this piece first appeared…)
, I was so glad when my dad died I grieved nllmaroy . I know EXACTLY what they meant, I think. When last June I found out that my father had dementia and had lost some significant skills, I went very rapidly into the most severe depression that I had been in in years. Yes, I was grieving, but a lot of people who have had many severe depressive episodes, like myself, can tell the difference between grieving and a depression. This was a very severe depression, and if someone had suggested that we had to wait 2 months to call it that it would have been ridiculous. That said, YES, grief is normal and can take a long time, and there is a fine line between normal grief and illness. I hope when my parents die that I just get grief; I can handle that.
I was suffering from risperdal side effects and one of my friend refereed me http://risperdal-attorney.com/ for a free consultancy. Later they helped to get a good settlement amount.