On August 20, 2014, Psychiatry Advisor published an article on its website. The article was written by Leslie Citrome, MD, a professor of psychiatry at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY, and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology. The article is called Is Bias Against Pharma-Funded Research Fair? This is an interesting title, because bias, by its very definition, is unfair. So the very wording of the question begs the question – which strikes me as unfair. But let’s put that aside.
Dr. Citrome begins by introducing the term “pharmaism” (anti-pharma prejudice). He tells us that:
“Pharmaism includes the implicit belief that people associated with pharmaceutical companies are more likely to be intellectually and morally dishonest than others.”