|January 28, 2019
More Information About the Origins of the Opioid Problem
Documents indicate Sacklers directed Purdue Pharma efforts to mislead public about pain medication.
The New York Times (1/15, Meier) reports that documents in a court filing by the Massachusetts Attorney General against Purdue Pharma indicate that “members of the Sackler family, which owns the company that makes OxyContin [oxycodone hydrochloride], directed years of efforts to mislead doctors and patients about the dangers of the powerful opioid” pain medication. The filing contends that Richard Sackler, company president at the time, “urged that sales representatives advise doctors to prescribe the highest dosage of the powerful opioid...because it was the most profitable.” Additionally, the court filing “asserts that Sackler family members were aware that Purdue Pharma repeatedly failed to alert authorities to scores of reports the company had received that OxyContin was being abused and sold on the street.”
[from AMA Morning Rounds]
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