September 16, 2009
Pfizer funded the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in order to turn the nonprofit into a “Trojan Horse” that would promote the antipsychotic drug Geodon for off-label use in children, according to a former pharmaceutical sales rep.
Mark R. Westlock of Fenton, Mo., was a rep for Pfizer from 1991 to 2007, when he claims he was forced to resign. His whistleblower suit against Pfizer was included in the a $2.3 billion Bextra settlement.
Following Pfizer’s funding, the NAMI web site suggested that Geodon be used in children even though the FDA had approved it only for adults, Westlock claims.
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