View Full Version : Dr. Drew is a Pharma. Shill

07-03-2012, 02:44 AM
Today, pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline agreed to pay a $3 billion fine (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/03/business/glaxosmithkline-agrees-to-pay-3-billion-in-fraud-settlement.html) in a fraud settlement for illegally marketing drugs and withholding safety information. But Celebrity Rehab fans may be more interested in another aspect of the case against the company — the claim that TV personality Dr. Drew was paid $275,000 (http://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewherper/2012/07/02/feds-say-dr-drew-was-paid-by-glaxo-to-talk-up-antidepressant/) to promote the antidepressant Wellbutrin SR for uses not approved by the FDA.

According to federal prosecutors, in April and March of 2009 Dr. Drew promoted Wellbutrin without revealing that he was a paid spokesperson. A huge chunk of Glaxo's $3 billion fine — $727 million, to be exact — is specifically related to the improper marketing of Wellbutrin and Paxil.