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Thu May 2, 2019, 03:43 PM

Drug company founder, executives convicted of bribe scheme that fueled U.S. opioid crisis

Source: Reuters

BOSTON (Reuters) - The founder of Insys Therapeutics Inc and four colleagues were found guilty on Thursday of bribing doctors to prescribe the drugmaker’s addictive painkiller, helping to drive the U.S. opioid drug abuse crisis.

A federal jury in Boston found John Kapoor, who served as the Chandler, Arizona-based drugmaker’s chairman, and his co-defendants guilty of racketeering conspiracy for a scheme that also misled insurers into paying for the drug.

Kapoor, 75, is the highest-ranking pharmaceutical executive convicted in a case tied to a drug crisis that has led to tens of thousands of overdose deaths annually. His 2017 arrest came the same day U.S. President Donald Trump declared the epidemic a public health emergency.

Prosecutors charged that Kapoor oversaw a wide-ranging scheme to bribe doctors nationwide by retaining them to act as speakers at sham events at restaurants ostensibly meant to educate clinicians about its fentanyl spray, Subsys.

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BUSINESS NEWS MAY 2, 2019 / 2:16 PM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO
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Reply Drug company founder, executives convicted of bribe scheme that fueled U.S. opioid crisis (Original post)
Eugene May 2019 OP
Ghost Dog May 2019 #1
Eugene May 2019 #5
duforsure May 2019 #2
iluvtennis May 2019 #3
ck4829 May 2019 #4
chowder66 May 2019 #6
nitpicker May 2019 #7

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu May 2, 2019, 04:34 PM

1. Are the doctors who accepted these bribes and played this homicidal game

also on trial, or at the very least now barred from practising medicine?

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Response to Ghost Dog (Reply #1)

Thu May 2, 2019, 05:38 PM

5. At least some of them have have been prosecuted.

One doctor, Gavin Awerbuch, was convicted and sentenced to prison time. He testified for the prosecution in the trial.

https://kjzz.org/content/614036/insys-prescriber-sentenced-prison-health-care-fraud

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-31/insys-s-beautiful-reps-easy-money-helped-spur-opioid-sales

Some of the smaller fish made immunity deals. It's messy.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu May 2, 2019, 04:36 PM

2. Where's the republican politicians

Who helped them push approved through for it?

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Response to duforsure (Reply #2)

Thu May 2, 2019, 05:11 PM

3. + 1

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu May 2, 2019, 05:14 PM

4. K&R, now do Purdue Pharma

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu May 2, 2019, 07:19 PM

6. Shouldn't they be charged with conspiracy to murder Americans? nt

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