April 14th, 2014

Drug firms have used dangerous tactics to drive sales to treat kids

By Christopher N. Osher and Jennifer Brown
Denver Post

Pharmaceutical companies wooed academic leaders, ghostwrote articles, suppressed damaging health data and lavished doctors with gifts to make prescribing powerful psychotropic drugs to children a blockbuster profit center, a trail of lawsuits over the past two decades shows.

As a Colorado Springs sales representative for GlaxoSmithKline, Greg Thorpe tried to put a stop to the practice. His manager wrote him up for not being a “team player” after he objected to the free spa treatments and pedicures, hunting trips, tickets to sports games and skiing junkets that his supervisors expected him to give out to doctors and others.

Read more: Drug firms have used dangerous tactics to drive sales to treat kids - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/investigations/ci_25561024/drug-firms-have-used-dangerous-tactics-drive-sales#ixzz2yzhEuZ7z

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