Dr. Nemeroff Under Investigation

Charles Grassley has been on a roll lately.

Now he’s a primary target of a U.S. Senate Finance Committee investigation into whether pharmaceutical money compromises the integrity of medical research and scholarship, an ethics controversy that has set the international world of academic medicine abuzz. Studies, speeches and articles can influence which drugs are prescribed for patients.

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Finance Committee, recently released documents indicating that Nemeroff earned millions of dollars from drug companies but reported little of that money to Emory, a possible violation of federal and university disclosure rules. Much of the money came from speeches, consulting fees and positions on boards.