Purdue Pharma Plans Guilty Plea For Opioid Charges

OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma is on the cusp of reaching a guilty plea agreement regarding criminal charges linked to its purported involvement in exacerbating the opioid epidemic in the United States, according to exclusive information obtained by Reuters.

This potential plea deal forms part of a larger settlement to resolve U.S. Department of Justice investigations.

Insiders suggest that the agreement, which may involve significant financial penalties amounting to billions of dollars, could be made public within the forthcoming fortnight. However, the ongoing negotiations mean that the terms of the plea deal remain subject to change.

Purdue’s Role in Fueling the Crisis

Federal prosecutors and state attorneys have accused Purdue Pharma of employing aggressive marketing tactics to promote OxyContin, a highly addictive painkiller.

It’s alleged that the company downplayed the drug’s potential for abuse and overdosing, contributing to its widespread use …

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New Book Sheds Light on Sacklers, Scrupleless Oxycontin Makers

A new book lifts back the veil on the history of the Sackler family, the people who owned and invested heavily in the marketing and manufacturing of Oxycontin. “Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty” goes into the history of the family, the source of their wealth, and their downfall as they settled lawsuits that drove the out of business.

OxyContin, the addictive painkiller known to be more powerful than morphine, is considered to be a driving force of the opioid crisis. In fact, Purdue Pharma recently settled with the government after facing hundreds of lawsuits over their practices. Doctors were said to be bribed, marketed to heavily, and even had salespeople downplay the possibilities of side effects, withdrawal, or addiction.

About the Sacklers: Oxycontin Millionaires

The Sackler family is one of the richest in America, and …

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Who Should Pay for Prescription Drug Disposal?

Government drug experts have found that many teenagers and adults who abuse prescription drugs obtain them from people they know with prescriptions or steal them from the medicine cabinets of family and friends. Starting in 2010, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has held a series of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days to encourage Americans to safely dispose of unused and unwanted prescription medications. More than 5600 take-back sites have been established, covering all 50 states. The Take-Back program has removed a total of 775 tons of medication from circulation, avoiding the chances of diversion and abuse.

 

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back program has been so effective that some local jurisdictions have established their own drug drop-off programs. In Alameda County in Northern California, 28 publicly-funded drop locations are available year round for residents to dispose of prescription drugs. Besides…
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Confessions of a Pharma Rep

Our site has become a bit of a “watchdog” site, but we We are not nearly as anti Pharma as you might think.

We believe that the pharmaceutical industry is driven by researchers, doctors, and scientists who are dedicated to saving lives and increasing the quality of life.

Still, there is a dark side to the equation, which is highlighted in this video called “Confessions of a Pharma Rep.”  This woman who is a veteran of the pharmaceutical industry talks about some really poor practices through which the pharma industry has earned a bad reputation for.

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