Charles ‘Chuck’ Nemeroff lands on his feet

Chuck Nemeroff, the controversial former Emory University psychiatry department chair, has been named chair of the psychiatry department at the University of Miami School of Medicine – has the man got no shame?

It was only October last year that Chuck was forced to resign from Brown University. Phil Dawdy at Furious Seasons summed it up like this:

A few of you have probably already caught the news elsewhere: yesterday, Charles Nemeroff resigned as chair of the psychiatry department at Emory University. The move came on the heels of revelations that he’d taken in $2.8 million in pharma consulting monies since 2000, but had only reported less than half of that–all while taking NIH research grants on the other hand and assuring his university that he was taking in less than $10,000 a year in pharma dough.

For those of you who don’t know, Nemeroff is one of the biggest depression researchers in the world and his work is hugely influential in the field. But as CL Psych has repeatedly detailed, Nemeroff’s work is often scientifically compromised.

I’ll hand over to Phil again for his take on the latest news:

News is just out that, as expected, the controversial former Emory University psychiatry department chair Charles Nemeroff has been named chair of the psychiatry department at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Nemeroff is infamous for epic conflict of interest issues and dubious research findings. I’d say Miami U. and Nemeroff are made for each other as the university has the dirtiest, most thuggerific football team in NCAA football.

The Miami Herald reports:

“On Thursday, Pascal Goldschmidt, dean of UM medical school, called Nemeroff ‘an extraordinary psychiatrist and scientist. . . . He got into serious trouble on disclosure on conflict of interest.’ “Goldschmidt said he had read investigative reports from Emory about Nemeroff’s activities and found nothing to indicate that payments the psychiatrist received had in any way influenced his research results.

“In a telephone interview at mid-day Thursday, Nemeroff, 60, told The Miami Herald he was excited to be coming to Miami. ‘I think it’s going to be a top-10 school.'”

Extraordinary psychiatrist and scientist? Last month, Bernard Carroll, a California psychiatrist and co-author of Health Care Renewal, delivered an epic smackdown of Nemeroff over his involvement in pimping Seroquel for major depression:

“As for Dr. Nemeroff, he is yesterday’s news. The adverse findings by ACCME about his program serve as a reminder to corporate sponsors and CME companies that Dr. Nemeroff is so compromised by now that he has lost effectiveness as a front man for Pharma. Indeed, he is so toxic that he now glows in the dark.”

Phil Dawdy’s Nemeroff back catalog is here.

My Nemeroff back catalogue is  here, here and here.

Read even more here, here and here.


Timothy Dinan, Lundbeck and drug marketing

I wonder how much money Timothy Dinan has been by paid by Lundbeck in the past 10 years?

Currently Tim is a Faculty member of the ‘The Lundbeck Institute’.

On the payroll of any other pharma companies, Tim?

Conflict of interest Tim?



How can the ‘great and the good’ of Irish psychiatry get it so wrong…

In a letter to the Irish Times, the ‘great and the good’ [my irony] of Irish psychiatry wade in to the Shane Clancy case (detail here) to sort out a few misunderstandings for us mere mortals (and Dr Michael Corry) who they think know nothing…

“…A controversial statement has been made … namely that antidepressants cause homicide, which we wish to rebut…”

“…There is no scientific evidence whatsoever that antidepressants cause homicide…”

“…the erroneous belief that antidepressants induce aggression and homicide…”

“…those with severe depressive illness, who need antidepressants for continuing wellbeing…”


Pretty black and white then, or so they would have us believe. However in reality it’s not so clear cut… There is much evidence (anecdotal and trial and pharmacovigilance data) that to points to a link between antidepressants and violence.

For instance I wonder if any of these very impressive Irish professors have read the paper Antidepressants and Violence: Problems at the Interface of Medicine and Law.

Published on September 12, 2006, this study by David Healy, Andrew Herxheimer and David B. Menkes deals with an issue that cannot be ignored. So many people take Seroxat and find it starts to give them unexplained violent and aggressive episodes.

“Recent regulatory warnings about adverse behavioural effects of antidepressants in susceptible individuals have raised the profile of these issues with clinicians, patients, and the public. We review available clinical trial data on paroxetine and sertraline and pharmacovigilance studies of paroxetine and fluoxetine, and outline a series of medico-legal cases involving antidepressants and violence.

Both clinical trial and pharmacovigilance data point to possible links between these drugs and violent behaviours. The legal cases outlined returned a variety of verdicts that may in part have stemmed from different judicial processes. Many jurisdictions appear not to have considered the possibility that a prescription drug may induce violence.

The association of antidepressant treatment with aggression and violence reported here calls for more clinical trial and epidemiological data to be made available and for good clinical descriptions of the adverse outcomes of treatment”.

The link to the paper is here and I suggest you scroll down to the end and read the 9 cases listed in the annex.

Also I wonder if any of my Irish ‘friends’ have ever seen this website – SSRI stories.

I guess my take on this is one of disbelief – how can these Irish psychiatrists not know enough to admit there may be a problem here and it needs more careful investigation – at the very least? A very reasonable and sensible point of view, I would have thought.

But no – the Irish Professors have told us they are right and everyone else is wrong… happily in the UK there are less and less of this kind of medical dinosaur in practice – shame about Ireland though.

And shame on this list of Doctors who want to stifle free speech and modern thinking.


[And the cynics amongst us would ask for each and everyone of the above named to list their earnings from Pharmaceutical companies in the past 10 years… just to be sure there could be no possible conflict of interest in their views.]

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