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    Pretty stunning article....

    A family run business strategy similar to a Columbian Cartel.....

    "The filing contends that Mr. Sackler, a son of a Purdue Pharma founder, urged that sales representatives advise doctors to prescribe the highest dosage of the powerful opioid painkiller because it was the most profitable.

    Since OxyContin came on the market in 1996, more than 200,000 people have died in the United States from overdoses involving prescription opioids, and Purdue Pharma has been the target of numerous lawsuits. "

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/15/h...n-opioids.html
    Last edited by Conor Dary; 01-16-2019, 10:44 PM.

  • #2
    back in September, 60 Minutes did a multi-parter on the topic of oxy.


    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/60-minu...investigation/

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    • #3
      Yes I saw that...but the email stuff is new.

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      • #4
        The current opioid epidemic has made the previous Drug Scourges (heroin, cocaine, meth) look like the sniffles.

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        • #5
          Exactly...

          Watching Narcos last night....I was thinking how pointless it all was back in the 80s.

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          • #6
            Stuff like fentanyl... or carfentanil, which 100x more potent than fentanyl...is a big problem also.

            http://www.samefacts.com/2018/05/dru...-on-fentanyls/

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
              Pretty stunning article....

              A family run business strategy similar to a Columbian Cartel.....

              "The filing contends that Mr. Sackler, a son of a Purdue Pharma founder, urged that sales representatives advise doctors to prescribe the highest dosage of the powerful opioid painkiller because it was the most profitable.

              Since OxyContin came on the market in 1996, more than 200,000 people have died in the United States from overdoses involving prescription opioids, and Purdue Pharma has been the target of numerous lawsuits. "

              https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/15/h...n-opioids.html
              This got me thinking. In over half century in this racket, I recall only one time being touted the benefits of an analgesic by a sales rep and that was in the late 60s when propoxyphene (Darvon) arrived on the market.
              "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
              by Thomas Henry Huxley

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              • #8
                This is, as was stated, an old story. The injustice of it all is that Executives get to pay fines and avoid jail time. If you're worth a couple of billion what's a 500 million fine? A billionaire could lose 90% of their net worth and still have 100 million. Most of us would love.1% of that. Every week Purdue has an ad in the NYT. No mea culpa, just: "look what good things we do!" I've had three surgeries in the last 12 years and every time I got a month's supply of Oxy. Now Florida has finally clamped down. 3 days only, and 7 days max with an M.D. note. Luckily chronic pain patients get off the hook. Florida used to be a pill mill state. I remember watching "Justified" as Kentucky folks would get on tour buses to Florida to stock up, then sell to the dealers for $$$.

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                • #9
                  It ain't oxy but bad enough: recently I poked my eye with a branch from a tree. Went to ER the next day primarily for redness and tearing (of course it was the weekend). I told the ER doc that the pain was no big deal and I could control it with 1000mg acetaminophen four times a day. He insisted that I take 30 Vicodin ES home with me and he gave me a script for a refill. I used exactly 0 vics. I could have refilled and sold all 60 of them down at the beach less than 5 minute walk from my house. OC California (where I live) was ground zero for teenagers ODing on opiods. Not sure if it still is but it is bad enough.

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                  • #10
                    WASHINGTON — A new study offers some of the strongest evidence yet of the connection between the marketing of opioids to doctors and the nation’s addiction epidemic.

                    It found that counties where opioid manufacturers offered a large number of gifts and payments to doctors had more overdose deaths involving the drugs than counties where direct-to-physician marketing was less aggressive.

                    The study, published Friday in JAMA Network Open, said the industry spent about $40 million promoting opioid medications to nearly 68,000 doctors from 2013 through 2015, including by paying for meals, trips and consulting fees. And it found that for every three additional payments that companies made to doctors per 100,000 people in a county, overdose deaths involving prescription opioids there a year later were 18 percent higher.

                    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/18/h...mid=tw-nytimes

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                    • #11
                      The Sackler family really makes the The Sopranos look like Father Knows Best..... Pablo Escobar had better morals.

                      Amazing thread here....

                      https://mobile.twitter.com/praddenke...59572886560768

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                      • #12
                        "Actual language from the State of Massachusetts' lawsuit against Purdue Pharma: “Eight people in a single family made the choices that caused much of the opioid epidemic." Stunning.

                        https://mobile.twitter.com/AlecMacGi...90503606136833

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                        • #13
                          Is it all really so surprising? My impression is that the laws and regulations always protect big players in any industry more than curbing them…

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                          • #14
                            If you have Hulu watch “Dopesick” a series about the Sacklers, FDA, DEA, involvement in the OxyContin debacle. It focuses on the early days in West Virginia. They do a good job of educating watchers about the issues. Michael Keaton, Rosario Dawson among the solid cast.

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