MindFreedom International News - 5 May 2009
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US Senate Probe Discovers:
Most NAMI Money is From Psychiatric Drug Industry
by MindFreedom News
NAMI has admitted to a US Senate probe that a majority of their funds over the last five years, 56 percent on average, have been from drug
corporations. NAMI has agreed with the probe to immediately begin quarterly postings to their web site with a list of drug company
donations and amounts.
MindFreedom obtained a letter sent last week by NAMI executive director Michael J. Fitzpatrick to "NAMI Leaders and Members." The
letter is a response to the probe of NAMI by US Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) initiated on 6 April 2009.
In the 28 April letter, copied below, Mr. Fitzpatrick wrote, "As reported to Senator Grassley, pharmaceutical companies contributed an
average of 56% of national NAMI's budget annually for the period 2005 - 2009."
Mr. Fitzpatrick passionately defends the drug company donations, but says NAMI has a strategic plan to lower the percentage.
Commented MindFreedom director, David Oaks, "The NAMI board should have listened to its own Consumer Council which voted for full
disclosure many years ago, but was ignored." MindFreedom maintains a count of the number of times the NAMI web site uses the phrase
"biologically based" when referring to mental health problems. Said Oaks, "There are as many theories about the cause of extreme mental
problems as there are colors in the rainbow.
Unfortunately, NAMI's rainbow is mainly green -- drug company money green. Now we know why."
MindFreedom is encouraging an international "thank you" from everyone to Senator Grassley for investigating psychiatric drug money
corruption, click here: http://grassley.senate.gov/contact.cfm
LISTEN and CALL-IN LIVE to a special free online MindFreedom web radio
show this Saturday, 9 May 2009, about protesting psychiatric drug
company corruption. More info is available here: