Powerful proponent of psychiatric drugs for children primed for a fall

(First appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle on March 27th, 2009)

Dr. Joseph Biederman, chief of the Massachusetts General Pediatric Psychopharmacology Clinic, is already under investigation by Harvard University and the National Institutes of Health for failing to report income received from drug companies. Now, in newly released court documents, Biederman appears to be promising drugmaker Johnson & Johnson in advance that his studies on the antipsychotic drug risperidone will prove the drug to be effective when used on preschool age children.

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Falling From Mt. Olympus

Joseph Biederman, America’s foremost child psychiatrist, and in the midst of a serious conflict of interest scandal, has agreed to temporary limitations in his role as director of Harvard’s Massachusetts General Pediatric Psychopharmacology Clinic.

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Fallen Heroes of Children's Mental Health

A little over two weeks ago, new developments were reported nationally on separate ongoing scandals involving two of America’s top experts in children’s mental health -- making their situations appear worse.  The impact is sure to cause untold damage to parents’ belief in these doctors and the causes they espoused.

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