Purdue Pharma Pleads Guilty

Purdue Pharma has pleaded guilty to criminal charges stemming from their role in the opioid crisis.

The Oxycontin manufacturer, Purdue Pharma, has been embattled by state, city, and federal officials for years. Lawsuits have revealed the extent of their wrongdoing, from basically bribing doctors to nonchalance about overdose deaths. Finally, Purdue Pharma is facing the music, giving up eight billion dollars to be split among plaintiffs. The business itself will be given to federal authorities and operate for “the public good.”

The Charges Against Purdue

The federal government pursued criminal charges that were settled through a monetary agreement of 8 billion dollars, including the business’s surrender. While some individual doctors and salespeople (usually middlemen) got reduced charges for testifying, no individuals from the company have been charged as criminals, to the chagrin of many plaintiffs.

The plea deal does not …

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Purdue Pharma Says It Will Cease Marketing OxyContin

Purdue Pharma, one of the largest manufacturers of Oxycontin in America, has vowed to stop marketing the opioid to doctors. Oxycontin is an opioid medication that has been on the market for over 20 years and is viewed by many addiction and law enforcement professionals to be the catalyst for America’s current opioid addiction crisis. It’s a common drug of abuse and is often responsible for overdoses.

Purdue released a statement saying that it would no longer send sales representatives to market the opioid painkiller at doctor’s offices and that the Medical Affairs office will now handle all Oxycontin orders and queries.

Many people involved in the addiction industry, the medical community and other public heatlh experts say it’s too little, too late.

Purdue has long marketed Oxycontin as effective and safe for use, dropping off samples at the offices …

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Courts to Decide: Are Pharm Companies Misrepresenting Opiates As “Safe”?

On Tuesday, October 6, 2015, The Suffolk County, New York unanimously voted to sue drug manufacturers for what they call misrepresentation by pharmaceutical companies that the powerful opiates they prescribe are “safe and non-addictive,” according to an article in Newsday.

 

The county joins the growing ranks of public officials working to hold drug manufacturers accountable for a growing epidemic of opiate drug addiction in America. The legislatures say that the 90% upswing in heroin-related deaths from the years 2000 to 2012 is part of an epidemic of opiate abuse that originates with prescription drug addiction. Legislative representative Rob Calarco, from Patchogue, NY sponsored the bill. Calerco said that drug manufacturers have “misrepresented” to doctors that opioid drugs are safe to treat chronic pain – as well as non-addictive.

Legislator William Spencer, from Centerport, is a physician who is president …

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Good Video about Pharmaceutical Industry

A Pharma representative

The focus of the woman’s “confession” is about anti-depressant drugs (which are very controversial), but the the woman goes on to discuss the greed of the Pharma

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industry. This greed is a factor that probably contributes to some of the really questionable drug developments and marketing practices of companies like Purdue Pharma.

We thought we would share the video here:

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Awareness about OxyNEO Addiction

Our team of addiction reporters is here to report and bring further awareness about the highly addictive nature of opiate medications like OxyNEO.

OxyNEO is the New Face of OxyContin

Purdue Pharma has been harshly criticized (and some executives have been criminally prosecuted) for the release and effects of the drug OxyContin.  OxyContin is such a powerful opioid medication that it is only appropriate for extreme pain – like terminally ill cancer patients.

Purdue Pharma irresponsibly marketed the drug and through misdiagnosis and unethical prescribing many doctors unleashed the drug on patients who were utterly unprepared for the  habit forming nature of the drug.  Compounding this was recreational use by people (especially young adults) who mistakenly perceived the drug as less sinister than illegal street drugs.  The instance of addiction and overdose overwhelmed many families.

“Sticky OxyContin” or “tamper proof …

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