Remember That Opioid Abuse Thingy?

Closing Thought–30May18

Since 2016 there has been a big push to end the opioid abuse problem this country is having…..seem that overdose deaths are increase and something needs to be done….

One of the most abused drugs is “Oxy” and the maker of that drug has made the news….news they probably would have wanted to keep to themselves…..

The company behind OxyContin may have a little secret—that it knew early on about people abusing its powerful painkilling drug and said nothing, the New York Times reports. Purdue Pharma executives received reports of “significant” abuse soon after Oxycontin’s 1996 release, including people stealing and snorting the drug, according to a confidential Justice Department report. But when a four-year federal probe recommended felony charges against three senior Purdue Pharma executives, Justice officials in George W. Bush’s administration didn’t back the strategy and opted to settle in 2007. Three executives took sole responsibility, pleading guilty to a misdemeanor “misbranding” charge, and with the company paid $634.5 million in fines.

The Times chronicles OxyContin’s journey through the marketplace, from its questionable FDA approval to Purdue salespeople claiming OxyContin was less addictive than other opioids (despite its high narcotic levels). Reports emerged of Oxycontin’s predecessor drug, MS Contin, being abused, and by 1999 Purdue officials apparently learned that OxyContin was called “the hottest thing on the street—forget Vicodin.” Then came the 2007 case, which Justice officials called a win, while others saw an opportunity lost. “It would have been a turning point,” says a former DEA official. “It would have sent a message to the entire drug industry.” Meanwhile drug companies fueled the opioid crisis by sending pills to areas plagued by drug abuse, supplying West Virginia with enough to give each person 433 pills over a five-year period, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports.

Does this really surprise anyone?  This company had enough money to buy their way out of this situation……does not surprise me in the least.

Stay tuned for more stories on the developing saga of the Chase of Opioid Abuse.

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10 thoughts on “Remember That Opioid Abuse Thingy?

  1. No surprise at all. The drug companies have always known about addiction and side effects, just as the tobacco companies knew about lung cancer and circulation issues with cigarettes. Big business always rules.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. I know and you would think that all the lip service something would be done……the opioid abuse thing is just as silly as the War on Drugs….chuq

  2. In your research, have you ran upon the name John Kapoor? His goes way back in fueling the opioid crisis. I happen to have known about Kapoor back in the 1980’s when he owned Lyphomed. He was always more about money than he was products. His production managers were opposed to quality control and assurance inspectors keeping FDA standards. As his inspectors resigned, the FDA found many violations in the company and Kapoor was not happy. He sold Lyphomed and went into developing opioids and bribing doctors to prescribe them to patients who did not need them.

    Kapoor was finally arrested last year.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-26/insys-therapeutics-founder-charged-in-opioid-fraud-case

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