You know that corruption is rampant in the health care industry when a psychiatrist who has been chastised repeatedly for failing to disclose drug company payoffs wins a National Institute of Health grant. What exactly were they thinking? I suppose that they were thinking they could pull a big one over on the American people. This is the first grant that the NIH has awarded in 3 years time, and it has to go to a total scuzzball! BUZZZ!!!
The doctor is Charles Nemeroff who I have written about previously. The story is in Science Insider, Sanctioned Psychiatrist Gets First NIH Grant in 3 Years.
Charles Nemeroff’s lax reporting of at least $1.2 million in drug company payments to his employer, Emory University, and similar payments to other academic psychiatrists prompted a 2007 Senate investigation. Nemeroff stepped down as chair of psychiatry at Emory, and NIH suspended a $9-million grant he held for a depression study. In December 2008, Emory barred him from applying for NIH funding for 2 years.
9, 10, 11, 12…BUZZZ!!!!
Enter the corrupt good old boy system.
A year later, Nemeroff moved to the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Florida. This prompted concerns because Emory’s ban on NIH grants did not move with him. (Fueling the flames was a phone call in which National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) Director Thomas Insel apparently assured the University of Miami medical school dean that Nemeroff could seek NIH funding if he moved.)
You don’t think the NIMH has too much clout in the NIH, do you? Well, given a maneuver like this one, I certainly do.
The 2-year ban by Emory would have expired anyway. But Paul Thacker, a former staffer for Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) who led the Senate investigation, says NIH itself had the authority to impose a longer ban. “This shows they’re really not serious about the problem,” Thacker says.
When we are as corrupt as they come, I guess you could put it, we look after our own. I don’t know who else gets the wrong perpetuated by this gesture, but personally, I say, “shame on you NIH!” BUZZZ!
Did somebody say he withheld the reporting of 1.2 million dollars? This sleight gives new meaning to the expression, “that’s rich”. With that much of a kickback, there’s only one thing you can say, Dr. Nemeroff is solidly a one percenter. Again I say, “shame on you NIH!” That’s 99 % of the population you’ve passed over.