Wednesday, August 14, 2013

How to cover up research abuse and intimidate critics

"Imagine that you lose your only son to suicide in a medical experiment. When you try to get his study records, the university refuses. When you file suit, the university argues successfully in court that it is 'immune.' Then it retaliates by filing a legal action against you, demanding that you pay the university $57,000 in legal costs. When you try to deliver a letter of complaint to the university president, his staff calls security guards and has you escorted out of the building."

"Believe it or not, these are the actions taken by the University of Minnesota, where I teach medical ethics, against Mary Weiss, a 70-year-old retired postal worker from St. Paul."

Have a look at my latest editorial about the Markingson case in the Huffington Post. Then sign the petition to investigate.

1 comment:

  1. Having some firsthand knowledge of the events Carl writes about, and much more in the ensuing years, I’ve become acutely aware of the influence of drug companies in everyday operations at the University of Minnesota. They had, in fact, struck numerous deals to rescue the sinking profession of psychiatry. Their arrangements were simple but potent: Big Pharma would bankroll psychiatric conferences and education, prop up sagging publications by the chair of the psychiatry department with bogus study results and advertising money, and generally promote the repute of psychiatry by bribing the local NAMI chapter, all in return for a certain kind of research:
    The research would “prove” that all mental disorders were the result of chemical imbalances in the brain, and no amount of talk therapy or family intervention would resolve these issues. Instead, it would take drugs, lots of drugs, which of course would be developed and sold by Pharma and endorsed by the local psychiatry investigators at the University of Minnesota.
    In order for this scheme to work, the FDA, which certifies all medicines as safe and effective before releasing them for public consumption, would have to play along. That proved to be no problem for Pharma and UMN, all you need to do is get the chair of the psychiatry department appointed to the state folmulary board and presto..magic..the antipsychotics become the most prescribed drugs in Minnesota. There is some truth to the saying “you reap what you sow,” and reaper is coming.