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Two psychiatrists who took speaker fees from drug firm resign from Texan hospital

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h2408 (Published 05 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2408
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1Montreal

Two psychiatrists have abruptly resigned from a Texas state hospital after learning that they faced disciplinary action for accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from AstraZeneca while promoting the company’s drug Seroquel XR (extended release quetiapine fumarate) to state officials.

Anthony Claxton, clinical director of Terrell State Hospital, is accused of receiving over $231 000 (£153 000; €207 000) in payment for speaking and consulting services on at least 166 occasions. Lisa Perdue, a psychiatrist at Terrell, allegedly received over $615 000 for similar services performed on at least 460 occasions from 2005 to 2013.

A letter from the Department of State Health Services informed Claxton: “You admitted in sworn testimony that you understood you were being approached by AstraZeneca to promote Seroquel to other state doctors because you are a state doctor …

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