Debate Between Pfizer, Inc. and MindFreedom
MindFreedom Calls for Congressional Investigation of Psychiatric Drug Company Undue Influence and Corrupti
The ads are all over TV in the USA, and on the web. Take Zoloft, the ads tell us, and you'll be as happy as a little bouncing ball. Over and over the ads are repeated, telling millions of Americans that "Zoloft is a medicine that helps correct the chemical imbalance of serotonin in the brain."
But is there evidence of a "chemical imbalance"? Is "anything corrected"? Is there actual evidence -- such as even one peer-reviewed scientific article -- proving such a chemical imbalance event exists and that Zoloft "helps correct" it?
MindFreedom is the group that held a hunger strike about fraud like this, so we thought we'd check it out.
Zoloft is one of the SSRI-type psychiatric "anti-depressant" drugs, and it's manufactured by Pfizer, Inc. of New York City. MindFreedom obtained assurance from a Pfizer, Inc. board member that we would have a "direct" action from Pfizer, Inc. headquarters about our question.
We wrote to Hank McKinnell, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO of Pfizer, Inc. Dr. McKinnell had one of his chief scientists respond to us. And of course, Pfizer, Inc. was unable to find that scientific article.
Below you'll find an exchange of letters between MindFreedom and Pfizer Inc. You'll read Pfizer, Inc.'s scientist provides MindFreedom with an unconvincing defense of their fraudulent claims about "chemical imbalances." And you'll read a thoughtful analysis by MindFreedom's Scientific Panel of respected psychiatrist and psychologist clinicians and researchers, who directly challenge Pfizer, Inc.'s defense.
MindFreedom has asked the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to also demand that Pfizer, Inc. produce this evidence or withdraw the ad from television.
We begin with a letter MindFreedom has sent to several Congresspeople, asking them to inquire directly with the FDA, FCC and FTC about Pfizer, Inc's fraudulent claims about a "chemical imbalance." You may use this letter as a model for your own letter to any and all USA Congresspeople. Call for an inquiry, investigation and hearing into the undue influence and corruption by the psychiatric drug industry in federal agencies.