In March, psychiatrist Peter Gleason prepared to board a train to Maryland after giving a speech to physicians at a luncheon meeting on Long Island, N.Y.

According to a report by Alex Berenson in The New York Times on July 22, Gleason was surrounded by a half-dozen federal agents, handcuffed and driven to a nearby police station. At first, Gleason assumed this was part of an elaborate joke, but he soon discovered that the agents were real and his legal troubles were just beginning. To Gleason’s surprise, he was charged with promoting a drug for purposes not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, so-called off-label promotion — a practice repeated many times in countless physicians’ offices every day.

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