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Wed Jan 30, 2019, 03:47 PM

OxyContin Maker Explored Expansion Into "Attractive" Anti-Addiction Market

Source: ProPublica

Secret portions of a lawsuit allege that Purdue Pharma, controlled by the Sackler family, considered capitalizing on the addiction treatment boom — while going to extreme lengths to boost sales of its controversial opioid.

Not content with billions of dollars in profits from the potent painkiller OxyContin, its maker explored expanding into an “attractive market” fueled by the drug’s popularity — treatment of opioid addiction, according to previously secret passages in a court document filed by the state of Massachusetts.

In internal correspondence beginning in 2014, Purdue Pharma executives discussed how the sale of opioids and the treatment of opioid addiction are “naturally linked” and that the company should expand across “the pain and addiction spectrum,” according to redacted sections of the lawsuit by the Massachusetts attorney general. A member of the billionaire Sackler family, which founded and controls the privately held company, joined in those discussions and urged staff in an email to give “immediate attention” to this business opportunity, the complaint alleges.

ProPublica reviewed the scores of redacted paragraphs in Massachusetts’ 274-page civil complaint against Purdue, eight Sackler family members, company directors and current and former executives, which alleges that they created the opioid epidemic through illegal deceit. These passages remain blacked out at the company’s request after the rest of the complaint was made public on Jan. 15. A Massachusetts Superior Court judge on Monday ordered that the entire document be released, but the judge gave Purdue until Friday to seek a further stay of the ruling.


Read more: https://www.propublica.org/article/oxycontin-purdue-pharma-massachusetts-lawsuit-anti-addiction-market?utm_content=buffer2c3c1&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=buffer



From ProPublica's Twitter feed:

"Scoop: In internal correspondence beginning in 2014, Purdue Pharma executives discussed how the sale of opioids and the treatment of opioid addiction are “naturally linked” and that the company should expand across “the pain and addiction spectrum.”



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Reply OxyContin Maker Explored Expansion Into "Attractive" Anti-Addiction Market (Original post)
JaneQPublic Jan 30 OP
ZeroSomeBrains Jan 30 #1
JaneQPublic Jan 30 #3
ZeroSomeBrains Jan 30 #6
area51 Jan 30 #13
ck4829 Feb 6 #23
ck4829 Feb 6 #22
ck4829 Feb 5 #18
ananda Jan 30 #2
DemoTex Jan 30 #11
ck4829 Feb 6 #24
marble falls Jan 30 #4
Initech Jan 30 #5
marble falls Jan 30 #7
WestMichRad Jan 30 #8
marble falls Jan 30 #9
ck4829 Feb 6 #21
Initech Jan 30 #10
FiveGoodMen Jan 30 #15
Journeyman Jan 30 #12
blue neen Jan 30 #14
ck4829 Feb 6 #25
mr_lebowski Jan 30 #16
ck4829 Feb 5 #17
Dave Starsky Feb 5 #19
ck4829 Feb 6 #20
Dave Starsky Feb 6 #26

Response to JaneQPublic (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 04:05 PM

1. Purdue Pharma needs to have their charter revoked

In addition the company should have to have all their assets liquidated, their drug-dealing executives thrown in jail and then have the government expropriate their wealth while they're at it. Then they should have to meet with all the families who have been destroyed by their greed and negligence. And that doesn't even come close to a just enough punishment for these monsters.

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Response to ZeroSomeBrains (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 04:08 PM

3. All before they spend an eternity in hell

I agree. This is beyond evil, to scheme to profit from both the poison and the cure.

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Response to JaneQPublic (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 04:21 PM

6. My brother died from opiod addiction

And his drug of choice was weed. This was ten years ago and he had mental illness when he brought a packed pipe to a police station. Instead of viewing it as a mental health issue they charged him and made him do piss tests. And what's the easiest to test for? Marijuana. And heroin gets out of ur system in a day. He would be alive if this opiod crisis had been dealt with and or if weed was legalized.

The only good thing that came from it is that it got me politically engaged but that probably would've happened regardless. It's a damn shame how many others have died from it as well. Something needs to change and these people need to be helped who are addicted and those who profited from it need to be exposed and thrown in jail.

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Response to ZeroSomeBrains (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 06:19 PM

13. I'm so sorry for your loss. n/t

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Response to ZeroSomeBrains (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 03:24 PM

23. That's horrible.

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Response to JaneQPublic (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 03:23 PM

22. +1

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Response to ZeroSomeBrains (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 5, 2019, 01:06 PM

18. Yep

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Response to JaneQPublic (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 04:07 PM

2. Gawd!

Get rich off getting them addicted, and then get even
richer by selling anti-addiction products!

This sucks!

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Response to ananda (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 04:48 PM

11. The elusive perpetual motion (money) machine?

Or 21st century alchemy?

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Response to DemoTex (Reply #11)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 03:24 PM

24. Good questions.

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Response to JaneQPublic (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 04:10 PM

4. These people tempt me to change my position on the death penalty.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 04:18 PM

5. Hey I finally see the upside to Citizens United!

If corporations are people, couldn't we jail and execute some of them? Purdue Pharma seems like an ideal candidate! Huawei is up next!

And the even greater upside - no innocent lives would be lost!

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Response to Initech (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 04:25 PM

7. Sounds like brain stormings for a Borowitz column! Almost could buy into it. If corps are ...

people they need to offer up some managers for prison terms. That is true. Its like criminals diluting their culpability by having a bureaucracy of suits to share the responsibility for the crimes they commit. John Gotti went to prison and died there. Why shouldn't Perdue offer up their "mob bosses" to the same fate?

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Response to marble falls (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 04:34 PM

8. "...some managers for prison terms"?

Hell NO!! Corporate executives are the ones who should have their heads on the proverbial chopping block!

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Response to WestMichRad (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 04:37 PM

9. Being a good soldier who is only following orders to pay the mortgage and the kids' college ...

is no excuse or protection. Firewalls from culpability should not keep anyone from moral responsibility.

When we bust drug king pins, we pop the street dealers, mules, drivers, strong arms, book keepers, cookers and packagers, too.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 03:17 PM

21. Get 'em all

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Response to WestMichRad (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 04:48 PM

10. Agreed!

Making a dangerously addictive drug and then getting rich off the addiction treatment is the textbook definition of evil. These executives should be doing hard time for this, instead they will be getting billions and going scot-free.

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Response to WestMichRad (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 06:22 PM

15. Proverbial?

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Response to JaneQPublic (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 05:38 PM

12. In the early 20th Century, Krupp Munitions touted its new, armored vehicles . . .

then made a greater fortune selling armor-piercing shells.



Most prescient words David Byrne ever wrote: "Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was."

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Response to JaneQPublic (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 06:21 PM

14. Geebus, that's sick.

Really, really sick.

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Response to blue neen (Reply #14)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 03:24 PM

25. It really is.

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Response to JaneQPublic (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 07:47 PM

16. Actually it makes 100% perfect business sense

Do you guys really think that the companies that make, say Buprenorphine (aka Suboxone) and Methadone ... do not also make generic Vicodin, Percocets, Dilaudid etc?

I'd be pretty freaking sure that many do, and there's no reason they shouldn't, frankly.

I'm far more disturbed with the OTHER shit Purdue did to push the Oxycontin Rx's.

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Response to JaneQPublic (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2019, 01:06 PM

17. K&R

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Response to JaneQPublic (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2019, 02:01 PM

19. That, in fact, was the exact plot of P. K. Dick' s "A Scanner Darkly".

That guy was a true prophet.

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Response to Dave Starsky (Reply #19)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 06:47 AM

20. Yep, pretty disturbing

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Response to ck4829 (Reply #20)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 03:45 PM

26. I don't know if Orwell, Dick, etc., predicted the future...

Or if today's corporate assholes are learning from what those authors wrote, and they are putting those ideas into practice, because it worked so well in fiction.

It's food for thought, I guess.

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