Biederman Pushed Risperdal for Pre-School Children

Yes, this is the same guy who earlier stated that he was ranked right below God. Things that make you go, “hmmmmmmm.”

Court Papers: Biederman Told J&J Study Results Would Be Positive

biedermanCourt documents are coming to light that suggest Harvard psychiatrist Joseph Biederman told Johnson & Johnson, before certain trials of its drugs were started, that he expected positive results.

Biederman is one of a number of prominent doctors targeted by Sen. Chuck Grassley’s investigation into conflicts of interest among doctors. Late last year, he agreed to stop working on clinical trials sponsored by industry until completion of a probe of his alleged lack of disclosure of more than $1.6 million in payments he received from companies including J&J and Eli Lilly, both makers of prominent psychiatric drugs.

According to court documents, Biederman made a presentation to J&J execs in which he displayed a slide that referred to a proposed study of the company’s antipsychotic Risperdal, known generically as risperidone, in preschool children, the New York Times reports. The trial “will support the safety and effectiveness of risperidone in this age group,” as NYT quotes the slide.

Another slide discussed a trial that would compare Risperdal with competitors in managing pediatric bipolar disorder. The trial “will clarify the competitive advantages of risperidone vs. other neuroleptics,” as NYT quotes it the documents.

Biederman’s attorneys are trying to get a judge to seal his testimony and accompanying documents in a multistate suit in which he is a key witness, saying they “could be immensely damaging to him, both personally and professionally,” the Boston Globe reports. The suit involves more than 2,000 patients, including children, who say they have been injured by drugs known as atypical antipsychotics. Growing use of psychiatric drugs in children has been a center of controversy in the past couple of years.

Biederman didn’t comment in the NYT or Globe stories, but he has written before that J&J’s financial support for a research center with which he was involved didn’t interfere with the center’s research findings. J&J has also said funding it provided the center “followed strict guidelines to ensure scientific independence and did not direct the content or conclusions of the research.”

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