The media star doctor is facing allegations that he accepted $275,000 to talk up the drug Wellbutrin SR while hosting his radio and television show Loveline....
The revelations emerged during the government’s case against drug company GlaxoSmithKline, which has agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor criminal charges and pay $3 billion for committing healthcare fraud, the largest such case in U.S. history.
Pinsky reportedly accepted the six-figure sum over the course of two months in 1999 for extolling the virtues of the antidepressant “in settings where it did not appear that [he] was speaking for GSK,” according to the Justice Department.
Pinsky, who would later go on to host “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" and "Sober House" touted Wellbutrin SR for its ability to “increase libido” in depressed patients.
GSK did not have FDA approval to promote its drug as having fewer sexual side-effects.