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Pfizer and Donepezil.

Pfizer and the tax payer - strange bedfellows.

Drug company influence goes deep into the heart of the medical
establishment. A government scientist in the USA has revealed he was
in the pay of drug giant Pfizer, receiving $300,000 (£150,000) for
‘consultancy’ work.

His consultancy involved the purloining of invaluable fluid samples from a
government laboratory and sending them to Pfizer’s scientists, and
endorsing the company’s Alzheimer’s drug Aricept (donepezil).

Dr Pearson Sunderland III, a federal research scientist at the US National
Institute of Mental Health, has pleaded guilty to the charges, and says he
will return the money.

For his fee, he shipped 538 spinal fluid samples, gathered by the
Institute, to Pfizer. The money, which he never disclosed, even when
endorsing Pfizer products in professional journals, was supposedly for
lecture fees.

(Source: British Medical Journal, 2006; 333: 1237).

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