GHB-Pushing Doc Charged
Posted by Childress on June 1, 2006
The blog Health Care Renewal has a report on sneaky efforts to broaded the allowed use of the drug Xyrem — also known as the dangerous killer drug GHB — for purposes other than its narrowly circumscribed use as a narcolepsy medication.
Newsday reported last week that a New York psychiatrist was indicted for allegedly participating "in a nationwide scheme to promote the prescription drug Xyrem to physicians … for unapproved medical purposes and to conceal the fact from insurance companies."
The indictment further alleged that the physician "conspired with the company that made Xyrem, Orphan Medical Inc, in Minnetonka, Minn., to promote it for unapproved uses including chronic pain and weight loss. Orphan Medical allegedly relied on … [him] to give lectures promoting Xyrem to physicians and paid him tens of thousand of dollars to do so."
Orphan Medical joins Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, as a "legal" drug pusher.
GHB is a killer. It's a common tool for drug-assisted rape. It's highly addictive and often kills its addicts as they try to go straight. It should not be promoted as anything else.