The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has published a detailed report on Dr. Charles Nemeroff, the prominent Emory University psychiatrist whose close connections to pharmaceutical companies have led the U.S. Senate to investigate his activities.
U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Finance Committee, recently released documents indicating that Nemeroff earned millions of dollars from drug companies but reported little of that money to Emory, a possible violation of federal and university disclosure rules. Much of the money came from speeches, consulting fees and positions on boards.
Nemeroff generates such divided opinions that he has become the subject of a number of polarized descriptions:
He’s “Dr. Bling-Bling” or a “brilliant physician.” An “arrogant academic bully” or an “extraordinary leader.” Whether Dr. Charles B. Nemeroff is “an asset to our state and country,” as former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn has said, or “a shill” for pharmaceutical companies, as a former boss described him — few seem to have neutral opinions.
AHP has reported on a New York Times article about Nemeroff and the Senate investigation before, and on the broader problem of close connections between the American Psychiatric Association and the pharmaceutical industry.