Big Pharma Mogul Arrested For Bribing Doctors To Prescribe Fentanyl

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Federal authorities arrested the billionaire founder and owner of Insys Therapeutics Thursday on charges of bribing doctors and pain clinics into prescribing the company’s fentanyl product to their patients.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) charged John Kapoor, 74, and seven other current and former executives at the pharmaceutical company with racketeering for a leading a national conspiracy through bribery and fraud to coerce the illegal distribution of the company’s fentanyl spray, which is intended for use as a pain killer by cancer patients. The company’s stock prices fell more than 20 percent following the arrests, according to the New York Post.

Kapoor stepped down as the company’s CEO in January amid ongoing federal probes into their Subsys product, a pain-relieving spray that contains fentanyl, a highly-addictive synthetic opioid. Fentanyl is more than 50 times stronger than morphine, and ingesting just two milligrams is enough to cause an adult to fatally overdose.

The series of arrests came just hours after President Donald Trump officially declared the country’s opioid epidemic a national emergency. Drug overdoses led to 64,070 deaths in 2016, which is more than the amount of American lives lost in the entire Vietnam War.

As the opioid crisis has developed, more and more states have begun holding doctors and opioid manufacturers accountable for over-prescribing and over-producing the highly-addictive painkillers.

“We will be bringing some major lawsuits against people and companies that are hurting our people,” Trump said Thursday. He also spoke about a program similar to Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” initiative. (RELATED: The Deadliest Drug In America Is Entering American Towns Through Mail)

“More than 20,000 Americans died of synthetic opioid overdoses last year, and millions are addicted to opioids. And yet some medical professionals would rather take advantage of the addicts than try to help them,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “This Justice Department will not tolerate this.  We will hold accountable anyone – from street dealers to corporate executives — who illegally contributes to this nationwide epidemic.  And under the leadership of President Trump, we are fully committed to defeating this threat to the American people.”

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  • Rift

    Just ask the Chinese, nothing destabilizes a country faster then getting the population hooked on opium. The powers that be really don’t mix there tactics up all that often.

  • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

    And yet, FEDGOV STILL maintains that weed is the True E-ville………roight.

  • SP_88

    The problem is how are they going to solve this “epidemic”. Most of these people have a one track mind when it comes to this sort of thing. Just look at how successful the war on drugs has been.
    It’s not very effective when one part of the government is bringing millions of kilos of illegal drugs into the country every year, and another part of the government is busy trying to arrest the drug smugglers, drug dealers and drug addicts. And at the same time, the pharmaceutical industry is manufacturing, prescribing and distributing legal opiate drugs to millions of people who are also effectively addicted to them.
    The biggest problem is that without a source for opiates, legal or illegal, the people will all become ill. Very, very ill. Some of the people, mostly the people who are taking these painkillers legally, are in a situation that requires some sort of opiate pain medication so they can function and not suffer. So any politicians who think that simply cutting the supply of opiates is somehow a solution, they are very mistaken.
    Just like Obama’s plan to cut out fossil fuels in an attempt to get people to use green energy without actually having a source of green energy was a stupid plan, and an utter failure, simply cutting the supply of opiates without having a viable alternative will also be an utter failure.
    Before you get rid of something that is necessary, it is imperative to have a viable alternative already available. And let me be clear, I mean a viable alternative, an alternative that is going to really do what it it should do, and in sufficient quantities to meet the needs of the people.
    As for the illegal drug addicts, there are already plenty of treatment options available, they just need to be made more available to those who need it.
    It’s the people who are actual victims of this situation who should be taken care of. These are people with legitimate pain management needs, either from an injury or from a surgery or disease, who have been prescribed opiate pain medication by their doctors, and have been taking their medication for years in some cases, and are addicted, physically dependent or however you want to name it, to these medications. And if they are suddenly cut off, it’s big problems. These people will suffer horrible withdrawal symptoms. So it is imperative that before any plan to cut down or cut off the supply of prescription pain medication to these patients, that there is a viable alternative already in place.
    The problem is that these politicians are not doctors, and they do not understand how these things effect people. To them, it a simple matter of getting rid of the bad drugs, and suddenly everything will be all better. And they have the luxury of ignoring the horrible effects of their terrible decisions.
    It seems like fentanyl is the real culprit in all this. But it also seems that all opiate pain medications are being lumped in with this. The problem with that is that most of the other opiate pain medications are not a problem.
    Of all the drugs that big pharma produces, the basic opiate pain medications are the least toxic and most effective of all of them. Many of the drugs they make, especially drugs that are used to treat diseases like diabetes, cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc, have considerable side effects and drawbacks. But the opiate pain medications are pretty basic. They treat pain in ways that other drugs are unable to do. The only drawback is that when people take them long enough, they become physically dependent on them. And when they stop, people suffer from withdrawal symptoms.
    This isn’t a problem for people with permanent injuries and chronic pain who are going to be taking these drugs for the rest of their lives. But it does become a problem for people who suffer a temporary injury, who end up taking pain medications for a month or so. When those people have healed, they no longer need the medication. But by now they are addicted to it.
    These people are the ones who need an alternative treatment method. Perhaps using opiate pain medication for the first ten days followed by a switch to a non-opiate medication after that and for the remainder of their recovery. That, or possibly a gradual switch from opiate pain medication to a non-opiate medication so that the patient is off the opiate medication before any addiction is able to take place.
    There are plenty of solutions to this problem that don’t require drastic changes in what drugs we use to treat pain, but rather a change in how we use those drugs.
    The people who have already been on opiate pain medications for years and even decades should simply remain on their current drugs. But moving forward we need to use different drugs and different methods of administering opiate pain medications so we can avoid getting people addicted in the first place.

    • The Tuna Fairy

      A lot of people who are in pain could be helped with non-drug therapies too, not all of them, but a good amount. Insurance won’t pay for anything but drugs, or the absolute minimum amount of physical therapy or chiropractic care. So the doctors order drugs, because they can, and and say most people won’t do the effort it takes to do other therapies. People like me, with lifelong chronic pain, are offered drugs or pay for it on your own. So anyone who might be helped by other treatments usually don’t try them, because if they worked, surely the doctor would tell you, and insurance would pay for it, right?

      I tried the pain killers, got addicted although they didn’t actually do a whole lot for the pain, more made it so I didn’t care that I hurt, withdrawals are HELL, especially as your pain slams back into your awareness. And, I’ll admit, when the pain got so bad I couldn’t stand it again, and the doctors said “try this pain killer, it’s different!” I did, addiction again, withdrawals again. I have kicked more horrifying drugs than anyone I know of. Methadone + Sibutramene is a horrifying mix, I suppose it does help with pain, to a point, but good god, that’s a nasty mess. Expensive pain specialist had me doing that one. I had told the doctors I wanted someone who knew more, there had to be a way to stop this, so I was sent to a specialist, and got that…

      So these days I pay for what I can, and I exercise daily, to try to keep the pain down to a level where I don’t often scream in public, which is about the best I can hope for. There might be things that can help me, massage, chiropractic, and acupuncture have helped before, but I simply can’t afford to do that on a regular basis.

      The system is broken. There are other ways to help a bunch of us, but drugs are offered first, and paid for, and it takes a serious case of stubborn will to manage anything else. As long as the easy way is the drugs, we will keep having problems with it.

      I have said before it would be AWESOME if the medical propaganda/marketing people could be focused on actually making people learn to be healthy, instead of making more profit for doctors and pharmaceutical companies. If the people who engraved “Ask your doctor if this is right for you!” on the minds of Americans could harnessed for good, can you imagine what they could do? I’d start with brainwashing people to not watch tv 🙂 “Turn off your TV, get off your ass, go outside and have a life!!” doesn’t have the same ring to it, that’s why no one listens to me 🙂 But imagine if the people who are good at that type of brainwashing actually did good….

      • SP_88

        I couldn’t agree more with everything you said. It’s the system that is broken. Pain medications definitely have their uses, but doctors have come to rely on them too much because it’s easy, and because the profit driven pharmaceutical companies throw money around and people jump for it, regardless of the consequences.
        The first place where the use of pain medication should be seriously limited is with patients who have a temporary injury that will heal within a month or so. Usually, the amount of time it takes for these temporary injuries to heal is just long enough for the patient to become addicted. As soon as they are addicted, they no longer need the medication. Such patients would be better off with an alternative treatment or some sort of non-opiate medication. This would greatly reduce the number of people who end up becoming addicted to opiate pain medications.
        The use of such drugs should only be used for terminal cancer patients and people who are in excruciating pain that do not respond to other types of pain treatment.
        I would stop short of saying that these medications should be a last resort, but certainly they shouldn’t be the first, go-to medication for everyone who says ouch either.
        It would be ideal if we treated patients with the most effective treatment that has the least side effects and drawbacks possible. Unfortunately, the cost of treatment will always be a factor. And I’m not saying that we shouldn’t consider the cost of a treatment. It’s certainly reasonable to try to get the best treatment for the least amount of money. But we should also be aware of the fact that some treatments may be cheaper initially, but have a very high cost in the long run.
        Opiate pain medication is a good example of this. It is pretty cheap to prescribe opiate pain medications to people with pain, but the frequency with which they have been prescribed has caused a very large addiction problem and a lot of people have died from an overdose as well. And this has taken whatever money was saved and used it to treat all the people who have become addicted as well as having to cover the cost of providing drugs to treat overdoses, which is very expensive.
        A change in the way we use these drugs could go a long way towards lowering the overall cost of using them as well as increasing the effectiveness of treatment.

  • thomas jefferson

    EVERY DOCTOR WHO TOOK BRIBES,should lose their Licence and be sentenced to TWENTY YEARS IN PRISON,and IF there were any deaths,SUMMARY EXECUTION,no prison time,KILLERS should not be supported by the people they were trying to kill…

    • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

      This has been going on for YEARS, in varying forms and degrees. It happens every time Big Pharma has a new barely-tested concoction they are ‘ready’ to foist on drug-of-all-types-and-legalities-addicted Uh,murkans, and they have a myriad perks and incentives to get your local representative of Big Medda on board, thoroughly and immediately. Only thing even remotely new in this scenario is the potency of the foisted drug du jour……

  • Pilar Hamilton

    It’s Sackler family – fucking khazarian jews

  • Jeri Brace

    if I remember correctly if it wasn’t for this company Insys Therapeutics donating over 500 million dollars into the campaign against recreational Marijuana legalization in Arizona this is good news as they won’t be able to repeat their deeds anywhere else should this CEO go to jail.
    people have a right to medicate with Marijuana instead of Opiates.