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US psychiatrist is fired from radio programme for not disclosing drug company ties

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 18 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a3085

In this News article by Janice Hopkins Tanne (BMJ 2008;337:a2934, 9 Dec, doi:10.1136/bmj.a2934), we incorrectly said that psychiatrist Frederick Goodwin had been fired as host of the radio programme The Infinite Mind. We should have made it clearer that National Public Radio (NPR) discontinued transmitting repeats of the programme after it was revealed by Senator Charles Grassley that Dr Goodwin, who was an occasional host of the programme, had received $1.2m in speaking fees and $100,000 in expenses from GlaxoSmithKline since 2000. Senator Grassley has been investigating financial links between doctors and drug companies for some time.

As was reported in the story, NPR issued a statement saying that all programmes on its satellite channels were “expected to adhere to the same code of ethics and practices that apply to programs produced and distributed by NPR. It appears that The Infinite Mind was in direct violation of that code, and is being removed from the channel.”


Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a3085

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