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July 11, 2012

Dr. Drew Pinsky: Shameless Whore

Dr. Drew Pinsky, beloved host of Loveline and the Teen Mom aftershow, chief doctor on Celebrity Rehab, accepts bribes to promote pharmaceuticals.

GlaxoSmithKline has just been hit with a $3 billion fine for fraudulent marketing of its snake oils. GSK was caught promoting its medicines for off-label uses, pushing fishy medical journal articles, and paying doctors like Pinsky for phony medical opinions. Dr. Drew was happy to take GSK’s money and parrot their line, but unfortunately he won’t be giving up millions or going to jail.

In 1999, on David Essel — Alive! — a national radio program — Dr. Drew was asked whether or not a woman could have 60 orgasms right in a row. Drew said that that was typically seen with medication, and then segued into talking about Wellbutrin, which is believed to at least not dampen libido like other SSRI antidepressants. C’mon, Dr. Drew. Selling Wellbutrin as an aphrodisiac? (The DoJ has made a transcript of the program available).

Dr. Drew was receiving $275,000 to participate in a two-year “educational” program on “Intimacy and Depression,” sponsored by GSK. Dr. Drew gave his money-weighted opinion on Wellbutrin in a series of writings, multimedia activities and town hall meetings. However, he insists that everything he said was based on his clinical experience. In Dr. Drew’s innocent mind, we are to imagine, GSK paid him $275,000 to educate the world about intimacy and depression, and it was mere coincidence that Dr. Drew’s prescription for the depressed bedroom is GSK’s product.

Joe Rogan (the host of a talk radio show and tv’s Fear Factor) called out Dr. Drew as a whore years ago, for treating marijuana as an addictive substance.

I was willing to imagine that Dr. Drew was misinformed about marijuana because he went through some kind of brainwashing in the course of getting his Addiction Medicine Specialist certification. He seemed like a friendly, slightly nerdy guy with decent advice to offer, and a few stupid opinions. I now understand that Dr. Drew will say whatever gets him money, ratings or prestige.

As far as Wellbutrin goes, SSRI antidepressants don’t work and doctors have known since 2002. When drug companies run studies, they publish only the ones that support their new, patent medications. However, they submit all studies, positive and negative, to the FDA. When Irving Kirsch and colleagues got a hold of the FDA’s complete set of studies, they discovered that SSRI’s show a very, very tiny advantage compared to placebo. The apparent effect of SSRI’s is so small that it is probably really a glitch in the standard study methodology, or perhaps it’s due to medication side effects enhancing the placebo effect. It shouldn’t surprise you to know that Dr. Drew continues to view SSRI’s as valid antidepressants.

Sorry to let you know if you’ve been paying for worthless placebos or suffering pointless side effects. Quitting the meds could still fuck you up, so you need support from a sympathetic doctor to withdraw. Finding a sympathetic doctor may be tough, as so many doctors are whores who rely on pharmaceutical companies for money and advice.

A whore in the sex work field makes a living by selling their own body. A whore in the medical profession sells out their patients’ bodies. And a celebrity medical whore like Dr. Drew Pinsky sells out the entire body public.

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5 Comments »

  1. Tsk, tsk, Paragardener — SSRI’s, Wellbutrin especially — DO NOT cause withdrawal when abruptly terminated. They cause DISCONTINUATION SYNDROME — a “distinctly different” entity. Note that Dictionary.com (and that’s at least as authoritative a source as Dr. Drew) defines WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOM as a symptom related to the cessation of use of AN ADDICTIVE DRUG. A DISCONTINUATION SYNDROME, on the other hand, is associated with the cessation of use of a non-addictive drug;). [Why do I feel italics could better convey the ironic tone of this post? I use capitals in their place]. This means either addiction is a useless, meaningless term, or has such value to idiots like Dr. Drew that it makes all the difference in the world because it’s presence of absence can enrich one to the tune of a quarter MILLION dollars plus some change;).

    Comment by mike — July 12, 2012 @ 2:04 am

  2. Wow. I have heard of this Pinsky dude somewhere–I read a LOT of blogs–but did not know what a complete douche he is. WTF? I have followed the whole SSRI thing for a while now–how the drugs don’t actually work–and it takes my breath away that people still insist that they do. But of course, the kind of money you refer to here makes anything possible, doesn’t it? Also that whole mj is addictive thing–Wha? This is why I give the entire medical profession a wide berth. (And I’m sure that in a stroke of cosmic irony, this animadversion will kill me one day … )

    Comment by inanna — July 13, 2012 @ 11:36 pm

  3. Here is where I read about Pinsky: http://freethoughtblogs.com/dispatches/2012/07/12/dr-drew-pinsky-gets-rich/

    Comment by inanna — July 14, 2012 @ 10:54 am

    • Ah-ha. So he also speaks for 1-800-GET-THIN, which markets stomach-pinching bands, and was paid over $100,000 to speak for Janssen Pharmaceuticals… making him a regular salesman stumping for the industry. He should have corporate logos sewn into his suit, so people know who he’s really speaking for…

      Comment by paragardener — July 14, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

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