Thursday, October 22, 2009

NAMI says they will take less money from Pharma


NAMI: Those Naughty Pharma Whores



They actually want you to believe they are going to get their act together.

GIVE US ALL A F-ING BREAK PLEASE

This is the same NAMI that has fought tooth and nail against any financial disclosures; until Senator Grassley ordered them too. This also is coming from a supposed "non-profit" organization that is advertising itself as an advocate resource for the mentally ill (BULLSHIT).

They received @ least 75% of their drug booty funding from huge Pharmaceutical Companies that are in the business of drugging you and your kids for greedy self serving profit first and foremost; and definitely not for your good health or wellness.




NAMI has joined dirty hands in promoting this agenda with a criminal industry ( Yes, most of these companies have been convicted of fraud, illegal activities, and a whole host of other unsavory behaviors) in just about every state and federal legislative body through blatant influence peddling and lobbying efforts.

Now they want you to believe they are considering changing their ways?????

How much less money do you expect the public to except at this point; since you have shown to be cowards, liars, and misrepresented yourselves time and time again?

How about this as a solution: A stated and verifiable policy of NAMI accepting no money (THAT MEANS ZERO DOLLARS) from the Pharmaceutical industry in direct or indirect contributions; or any other funds related to those working within the NAMI organization related to endorsements, speaking engagements, drug promotion, or any Pharma related activities just for starters?

The facts are that NAMI is getting less in donations from the general public because they can not be trusted or relied upon to be ethical or honest. Their reputation among the informed is in the literal toilet now.

It will definitely take more than some shallow words from their Pharma Whore leaders and drug company spokespersons to repair that perception.

TRUST? TRUST IS AN EARNED COMMODITY (If you haven't learned that reality by now) NAMI

NAMI have not shown an ability to be trusted with anything except their own, and of course the Pharma Industries greed mongering.

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From Pharmalot via the NYTimes - NAMI Promises To Take Less Pharma Money

Drug Makers Are Advocacy Group’s Biggest Donors

By GARDINER HARRIS

Published: October 21, 2009



WASHINGTON — A majority of the donations made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one of the nation’s most influential disease advocacy groups, have come from drug makers in recent years, according to Congressional investigators.

The alliance, known as NAMI, has long been criticized for coordinating some of its lobbying efforts with drug makers and for pushing legislation that also benefits industry.

Last spring, Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, sent letters to the alliance and about a dozen other influential disease and patient advocacy organizations asking about their ties to drug and device makers. The request was part of his investigation into the drug industry’s influence on the practice of medicine.

The mental health alliance, which is hugely influential in many state capitols, has refused for years to disclose specifics of its fund-raising, saying the details were private.

But according to investigators in Mr. Grassley’s office and documents obtained by The New York Times, drug makers from 2006 to 2008 contributed nearly $23 million to the alliance, about three-quarters of its donations.

Even the group’s executive director, Michael Fitzpatrick, said in an interview that the drug companies’ donations were excessive and that things would change.

“For at least the years of ’07, ’08 and ’09, the percentage of money from pharma has been higher than we have wanted it to be,” Mr. Fitzpatrick said.

He promised that the industry’s share of the organization’s fund-raising would drop “significantly” next year.

“I understand that NAMI gets painted as being in the pockets of pharmaceutical companies, and somehow that all we care about is pharmaceuticals,” Mr. Fitzpatrick said. “It’s simply not true.”

Mr. Fitzpatrick said Mr. Grassley’s scrutiny, which he described as understandable given the attention paid to potential conflicts of interest in medicine, had led his organization to begin posting on its Web site the names of companies that donate $5,000 or more. And he predicted that other patient and disease advocacy groups would be prodded by Mr. Grassley’s investigation to do the same.

“Everyone I talk to wants to have more balanced fund-raising,” Mr. Fitzpatrick said.

In a statement, Mr. Grassley praised the alliance for its disclosures. “It’d be good for the system for other patient groups to do what NAMI has done,” he said.

Mr. Grassley’s scrutiny has been unnerving for patient and disease advocacy groups, which are often filled with sincere people who are either afflicted with serious illnesses themselves or have family members who have been affected. Many join the groups in the hope of making sense of their misfortune by helping to find a cure or raising awareness of a disease’s risks and frequency.

Drug makers are natural allies in these pursuits since cures may come out of corporate laboratories and the industry’s money can help finance public service campaigns and fund-raising dinners. But industry critics have long derided some patient organizations as little more than front groups devoted to lobbying on issues that affect industry profits, and few have come under more scrutiny for industry ties than the mental health alliance.

For years, the alliance has fought states’ legislative efforts to limit doctors’ freedom to prescribe drugs, no matter how expensive, to treat mental illness in patients who rely on government health care programs like Medicaid. Some of these medicines routinely top the list of the most expensive drugs that states buy for their poorest patients.

Mr. Fitzpatrick defended these lobbying efforts, saying they were just one of many the organization routinely undertook.

The close ties between the alliance and drug makers were on stark display last week, when the organization held its annual gala at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium on Constitution Avenue in Washington. Tickets were $300 each. Before a dinner of roasted red bell pepper soup, beef tenderloin and tilapia, Dr. Stephen H. Feinstein, president of the alliance’s board, thanked Bristol-Myers Squibb, the pharmaceutical company.

“For the past five years, Bristol-Myers has sponsored this dinner at the highest level,” Dr. Feinstein said.

He then introduced Dr. Fred Grossman, chief of neuroscience research at Bristol-Myers, who told the audience that “now, more than ever, our enduring relationship with NAMI must remain strong.”

Documents obtained by The New York Times show that drug makers have over the years given the mental health alliance — along with millions of dollars in donations — direct advice about how to advocate forcefully for issues that affect industry profits. The documents show, for example, that the alliance’s leaders, including Mr. Fitzpatrick, met with AstraZeneca sales executives on Dec. 16, 2003.

Slides from a presentation delivered by the salesmen show that the company urged the alliance to resist state efforts to limit access to mental health drugs.

“Solutions: Play Hard Ball,” one slide was titled. “Hold policy makers accountable for their decisions in media and in election,” it continued.

The alliance’s own slides concluded by saying, “We appreciate AstraZeneca’s strong support of NAMI.”

Mr. Fitzpatrick said that the alliance frequently had such meetings and that the organization would fight for better access to mental health drugs “even if we had no relationship with pharmaceutical companies.”

Tony Jewell, an AstraZeneca spokesman, said that the company was “committed to improving health through partnerships with nonprofit organizations” and that “includes striving to ensure people can access our medicines through formularies managed by state Medicaid agencies.”

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Alliance for Human Research Protection has a great article on this topic also:
http://www.ahrp.org/cms/content/view/644/36/ - NAMI Constituency Betrayed -

Furious Seasons NAMI Lies In NYT Letter To The Editor

Yet, the NAMI/Pharma money grab doesn't stop there: from DowJones Newswires Oct. 23, 2009 -
http://www.nasdaq.com/aspx/stock-market news-story.aspx?storyid=200910221848dowjonesdjonline001058&title=grassley-probe-of-health-group-may-show-deeper-pharma-ties

http://industry.bnet.com/pharma/10004316/pfizer-turned-nami-into-trojan-horse-to-push-geodon-off-label-to-kids-suit-claims/?tag=content;col1

http://industry.bnet.com/pharma/10005119/az-promoted-seroquel-as-superior-to-haldol-when-company-data-said-it-wasnt/






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Let me add that those drug pimps @ NAMI are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to "FRONT GROUPS" working for Big PhARMA.


DBSA and other like entities are just as guilty of having their dirty little hands in the greed mongering PhARMA cookie jar.

If you are approached by, or are conned into any group touting itself as a "Advocacy Organization" for mental health; Please ask first and foremost to see their financial disclosure statement before listening to a word they have to say.


These supposed "Non-Profits" and "Advocacy Organizations" are not working in your best interest. They work for those that line their pockets with Money.


NAMI, DBSA, and many others like them; are there just shames, fronts, and thieves taking truck loads of PhARMA cash: while doing a corrupt Industries bidding at the cost of your health and well being.


Read more on DBSA at: http://uniteforlife.wordpress.com/2009/03/25/dbsa-front-group-and-mothers-act/

2 comments:

Marcelle said...

I should have known - always something not quite right about this group.

Stan said...

The defenders of corruption & those propagating these criminal and despicable actions will not be given a voice here...go ramble off your driveling nonsense at this weeks NAMI meeting.

:)

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