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posted by cmn32480 on Thursday March 16 2017, @06:38PM   Printer-friendly
from the they-are-supposed-to-be-"controlled"-substances dept.

An American city is suing the maker of OxyContin for its alleged role in fueling the national opioid epidemic:

After spending millions to combat the opioid epidemic ravaging its citizens, the working-class city of Everett, Washington, is taking the maker of opioid painkiller OxyContin to federal court. The city claims that the drug maker, Purdue Pharma, knowingly sold to black markets out of pure greed, enabling the devastating epidemic hitting Everett and the rest of the country.

According to the lawsuit (PDF) filed in federal court in Seattle, Everett accuses Purdue Pharma of "knowingly, recklessly, and/or negligently supplying OxyContin to obviously suspicious physicians and pharmacies and enabling the illegal diversion of OxyContin into the black market, including to drug rings, pill mills, and other dealers for dispersal of the highly addictive pills in Everett." Purdue's goal, Everett alleges, was to "generate enormous profits" at the expense of the people of Everett. [...] "Our community has been significantly damaged, and we need to be made whole," Everett's mayor, Ray Stephanson, told ABC News.

[...] In a statement, Purdue disputed Everett's claims, saying that it did notify the DEA and acted responsibly. "We look forward to presenting the facts in court," the company said. Purdue also said that its opioids now account for less than two percent of US opioid prescriptions.


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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by ikanreed on Thursday March 16 2017, @07:34PM (4 children)

    by ikanreed (3164) on Thursday March 16 2017, @07:34PM (#479986) Journal

    Want to know what's broke?

    It's not that there are synthetic opioid painkillers. They've existed for a long time, sold under many different brands with no substantial abuse prior to 2000ish.

    It's fucking marketing.

    It's absolutely no coincidence that the opioid epidemic followed tightly on the heels of Purdue(yes the same company mentioned this article) on doubling their sales force and tying their commissions to high-return drugs, namely OxyContin, sales through their assigned regions doctor's offices. And they were some of the biggest quid-pro-quo assholes. Huge, all-expenses-paid vacation "conferences". And while Obama's sunlight order to the FDA(which I sadly doubt the current administration will continue to enforce) kept them from giving freebies to doctors. They also made sure their marketing material asserted the importance of opioids for non-malignant pain, which the FDA had previously asserted was not worth the risks to patients.

    Not only that they put together low-quality studies to show that the risks of addiction to opioids were overstated. And then they included these "results" in all their marketing materials as well.

    referenced American Journal of Public Health article [nih.gov]

    No one should be actively pushing addictive substances, especially through the medical industry. I'm not normally one to buy into generic "Big Pharma" conspriacy theories, but these fuckers? They're money grubbing assholes purposefully disinterested in the safety and wellbeing of their customers. Let Purdue burn as a lesson to the rest of them. There's still morphine, hyrdocodone, and other strong painkillers for non-malignant pain.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 16 2017, @07:45PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 16 2017, @07:45PM (#479991)

    Mod points, my kingdom for a mod point...

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 16 2017, @08:44PM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 16 2017, @08:44PM (#480020)

      > Mod points, my kingdom for a mod point...

      Raise the bar? (that is, your personal standard)

      I rarely give out more than one or two mod points per day. That way I almost always have one when I see something really good (or really bad). Most days I look at ~75% of the stories, browsing at -1.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 16 2017, @10:31PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 16 2017, @10:31PM (#480074)

        It's possible that the AC is a true AC (unlike you and I) and doesn't have any mod points.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 17 2017, @03:41AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 17 2017, @03:41AM (#480186)

          It's possible that the AC is a true AC (unlike you and I) and doesn't have any mod points.

          Beg pardon? Are you suggesting that there are true ACs operating right here in River City? (I mean, SoylentNews.) Well, that would explain the offer of a kingdom, since everyone knows that all true ACs are masters of their own domains.