TV host, Dr. Drew Pinsky was allegedly paid by the pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline to promote the company’s anti-depressant drug, Wellbutrin. Dr. Drew told the audience for his radio show Loveline, that he prescribed the medication to depressed patients because it “may enhance or at least not suppress sexual arousal” as much as other antidepressants do.
Dr. Drew is coming under fire because he didn’t inform his audience that he was being paid by the drug company. According to Fox News, he allegedly was paid $275,000 to promote Wellbutrin.
Physicians are allowed to prescribe medications however they see fit, but it is illegal for companies to promote drugs for uses not approved by the FDA. Wellbutrin’s drug label says nothing about its sexual effects.
Dr. Drew’s involvement with the company came to light after the government’s nine-year investigation on GlaxoSmithKline’s marketing practices. GlaxoSmithKline will pay a $3 billion fine for illegally promoting their drugs and not reporting safety information about their medication.
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