Nemeroff, Keller – the list goes on… now take a bow Joe Biederman

This from Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry: A Closer Look. It’s all about another lying, cheating son-of -a-bitch ‘Key Opinion Leader’ – this time, Joe Biederman.

Psychiatrist Joe “Short Fuse” Biederman of Harvard University is really in hot water now. The sordid details can be seen in a fantastic article by Gardiner Harris of the New York Times. Here’s just one snippet:

In a November 1999 e-mail message, John Bruins, a Johnson & Johnson marketing executive, begs his supervisors to approve a $3,000 check to Dr. Biederman as payment for a lecture he gave at the University of Connecticut. “Dr. Biederman is not someone to jerk around,” Mr. Bruins wrote. “He is a very proud national figure in child psych and has a very short fuse.” Mr. Bruins wrote that Dr. Biederman was furious after Johnson & Johnson rejected a request that Dr. Biederman had made for a $280,000 research grant. “I have never seen someone so angry,” Mr. Bruins wrote. “Since that time, our business became non-existant (sic) within his area of control.”

Mr. Bruins concluded that unless Dr. Biederman received a check soon, “I am truly afraid of the consequences.”

A series of documents described the goals behind establishing the Johnson & Johnson Center for the study of pediatric psychopathology, where Dr. Biederman serves as chief. A 2002 annual report for the center said its research must satisfy three criteria: improve psychiatric care for children, have high standards and “move forward the commercial goals of J.& J.,” court documents said.

And from Bloomberg,

Biederman “approached Janssen multiple times to propose the creation of a Janssen-MGH center,” according to an e-mail from a J&J executive. The center would “generate and disseminate data supporting the use” of Risperdal in children, the e-mail said. Pediatric use was approved by U.S. regulators in August 2007.

Wow. And the plot sickens, er, thickens from there. Normally, being caught with one’s hands this deep into the cookie jar would lead me to write a much more blistering piece, but the day job shows no signs of abating in its workload. Fortunately, Philip Dawdy is rolling with the story at Furious Seasons (1, 2).

Let’s see if Biederman’s defenders can defend him in another op-ed as they did a few months ago. Or maybe we can leave Joe to defend himself. Here’s what he said a few months ago when facing criticism:

Biederman dismisses most critics, saying that they cannot match his scientific credentials as co author of 30 scientific papers a year and director of a major research program at the psychiatry department that is top-ranked in the “US News & World Report” ratings.

“The critics ‘are not on the same level. We are not debating as to whether [a critic] likes brownies and I like hot dogs. In medicine and science, not all opinions are created equal,’ said Biederman, a native of Czechoslovakia who came to Mass. General in 1979 after medical training in Argentina and Israel.

Nope, most of his critics cannot match his credentials of apparently shaking down hundreds of thousands of dollars from Johnson & Johnson. But maybe I just like brownies and he likes hot dogs. Another key opinion leader whose reputation is deservedly shot to shreds. Nemeroff, Biederman, and the list goes on.

If you want to find out more about Nemeroff, Keller or Biederman and how they play their (expensive) part in marketing drugs for pharma companies, then just use the search box on the left of this page.


6 Responses to “Nemeroff, Keller – the list goes on… now take a bow Joe Biederman”

  1. D Bunker Says:

    It sounds like Short Fuse Joe has a DSM-able Mental Disorder or two of his own.

    Diagnostic criteria for 312.34 Intermittent Explosive Disorder

    A. Several discrete episodes of failure to resist aggressive impulses that result in serious assaultive acts or destruction of property.

    If hosing 40 X more little kids, as bipolar, with antipsychotics doesn’t constitute assaultive acts, …..

    B. The degree of aggressiveness expressed during the episodes is grossly out of proportion to any precipitating psychosocial stressors.

    A $280K Temper Tantrum, ….. with all the $ he’s Already scammed?

    C. The aggressive episodes are not better accounted for by another mental disorder (e.g., Antisocial Personality Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, a Psychotic Disorder, a Manic Episode, Conduct Disorder, or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) and are not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication) or a general medical condition (e.g., head trauma, Alzheimer’s disease).

    It sounds as if he needs to be Seroqueled, and possibly ECT-ed Himself, …. for his own good, of course.

  2. anonymous Says:

    These psycho-psychiatrists are really unbelievable, they literally get away with murder. They are the ones who are sick in their heads, they know damn well that damage they are doing to patients. I hope the whole psychiatric profession is hung out to dry. ( oh and yes, drugged and ECT’d would be good for them too, a taste of their own medicine)

    Corrupt – Sociopathic – Money lusting- Greedy – Evil – Bastards

  3. Charles Says:

    Dr. Biederman is a wonderful doctor who has been an incredible help to my child and our family. Before you judge him so harshly, see this description of how Gardiner Harris of the New York Times has used tabloid journalism techniques to distort his record For the truth about Dr. Biederman, also see: and

  4. truthman30 Says:

    From your link , Charles…

    Dr. Biederman’s work is supported by multiple federal and pharmaceutical industry grants.

  5. truthman30 Says:

    Oh and that website that you sourced your first article from, “DrugWonks” , is a known front for the pharmaceutical industry.

    People always feared the back street drug dealer , the bogey man ready to hook their kids on pot and heroin, but now we have so called psychiatric “doctors” who are just as dangerous , if not more so, because they are “trusted”. These wolves in sheep clothing are even more sinister because they come to peddle their destructive narcotics and addictive pills under the guise of “help”. Beware of wolves in sheep clothing , beware of psychiatry.

  6. Joan McGuire Says:

    Dr. Biederman saved our son’s life. His brilliance has no doubt had an equally powerful effect on many other families. There are two sides to every story and his story involves taking risks that save the lives of precious children. We love him.

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