'Infinite Mind' Host Under Fire Again For Drug Company Ties
November 21, 2008 at 6:57 AM (PT)
Public radio show "THE INFINITE MIND" Host Dr. FRED GOODWIN is once again under fire for payments from drug makers that he did not disclose on his show, this time being included in IOWA Senator CHARLES GRASSLEY's investigation of doctors and researchers who have taken money from pharmaceutical companies.
The NEW YORK TIMES reports that GRASSLEY's study found that GOODWIN received at least $1.3 million in 2000-2007 for marketing lectures given to the drug manufacturers, and that GOODWIN's show has touched on subjects for which the payments may represent a conflict of interest, including one 2005 show on which GOODWIN advocated mood stabilizers for children and then, the same day it aired, received $2,500 from GLAXOSMITHKLINE, makers of mood stabilizer LAMICTAL, for a lecture. GOODWIN got over $329,000 from the company to promote LAMICTAL.
GOODWIN's possible conflicts were reported on earlier this year by online magazine SLATE.
"THE INFINITE MIND" is produced by LCMEDIA with the FUND FOR INDEPENDENT MEDIA and airs on WNYC-A/NEW YORK, WAMU/WASHINGTON, WUMB/BOSTON, WABE/ATLANTA, and several other stations nationwide. NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO VP MARGARET LOW SMITH told the TIMES that the show will be removed from NPR's satellite feed next week.