…when with our lies we practice to deceive.
Seems all’s fair in love and… drug marketing
This thread all started out with a UK charity called Depression Alliance. Another UK charity, Mind, has a distinguished record of tackling the might of the Pharmas. They take no money from the industry. The integrity of other charities may have been compromised; Depression Alliance admits to taking more than 80% of their funding from Pharmas in the recent past. Their mouths have been bandaged into silence throughout the exposure of the Seroxat scandal – Depression Alliance’s sole contribution to the debate was an attack on the accuracy of programmes on the subject made by the BBC’s Panorama. I got this information from an article by Paul Flynn MP. Depression Alliance is also pretty free and loose about the ‘information’ it posts on its website – many attempts to get just one news story corrected came to nothing – until the Charities Commission got involved and so the ‘news’ item was quietly removed.
Big Pharma can make use of patients’ groups as Trojan Horses to get access to MPs and to influence decisions. It’s just another part of their marketing mix.
So… my first thought was who ran Depression Alliance when they were taking Big Pharma money? The Chief Executive was called Jim Thomson. He left suddenly. So I started researching and found a very interesting set of coincidences.
There are two new websites Jim is involved with – the Centre for Mental Health and the Healthwell. Neither organisations actually do anything though, the sites have not changed one bit since they were first published, well over a year ago – maybe they’re just there to provide entries on a CV – to provide some credibility to someone?
Not many people know this but Jim Thomson is also Business Development Director for Innervate Ltd – “a private company specializing in relationship-building in healthcare”. Innervate ‘works’ with The Diabetes Monitoring Forum, Migraine in Primary Care Advisors, Primary Care Neurology Society, PolyCystic Ovary Syndrome UK and Primhe – Primhe is run by Chris Manning, who was with Jim at Depression Alliance a few years ago – in fact the same Chris Manning who is with Jim at the Healthwell.
But it gets even more complicated as Jim has links in America with Safe Medicines – a Big Pharma run organisation… then there’s European Depression Day, of which Chris Manning has a part and which has links with the European Depression Association whose vice President is Amelia Mustapha… who ‘works’ with Jim at the Centre for Mental Health and the Healthwell (and who can be contacted via an email address at Innervate). By the way, European Depression Day/Association are other organisations that do very little if their websites can be taken as indicators. The plot seems to be thickening by the minute…
Maybe the easiest way is to show you – click on this link – charities-web.pdf – to see a graphic of the tangled web.
I don’t know what I’ve found out – maybe nothing.
But to me it looks very cosy. It has Big Pharma links/sympathies. Jim’s websites/organisations do NOTHING – they’re not real – just go and look, especially at the biogs of Our People on ‘About Us’ at the Healthwell!
You tell me what I’ve found out.