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Sat Dec 24, 2016, 11:37 PM

Former officials at US fentanyl maker charged with bribing doctors

Earlier this month, federal agents arrested six former employees of small pharmaceutical company Insys Therapeutics, including the company’s former CEO, for allegedly bribing doctors to inappropriately prescribe the company’s highly addictive fentanyl product, Subsys.

The charges included conspiracy to commit racketeering, conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, and conspiracy to violate the Anti-Kickback Statute. Subsys is Insys Therapeutics’ only product.

“As alleged, top executives of Insys Therapeutics, Inc. paid kickbacks and committed fraud to sell a highly potent and addictive opioid that can lead to abuse and life threatening respiratory depression,” said Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division.

The indictment takes place in the midst of a heroin epidemic in the United States, with opioid deaths surpassing 30,000 for the first time in recent history.

Read more: https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/12/24/phar-d24.html

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Dec 24, 2016, 11:47 PM

1. yay! more opioid hysteria!! it's ok though, i don't mind just suffering until i die. nt

 

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Sat Dec 24, 2016, 11:50 PM

2. so you're saying

there isn't a big problem with opiods in this country?

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Response to edhopper (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 24, 2016, 11:57 PM

3. There has been for over 150 years.

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All the wounded Civil War soldiers who got hooked on opium.

The "patent medicines" that gave babies heroin.

All the subsequent wars and addicts from them.

The thing is nowadays, heroin is far cheaper than the days of "Needle Park," and reporters and news photographers are showing addicts as they overdose.

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