States Are Fighting Back Against Destructive Opioid Makers

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Опубликовано 23 февраля 2018, 16:00
The maker of Oxycontin has said that they will no longer market their opioids directly to doctors. This move isn't because they finally developed a conscience, its because of the massive lawsuits that they are facing for pushing these highly addictive pills. Ring of Fire's Mike Papantonio and Peter Mougey discuss this.

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The maker of Oxycontin has said they will no longer market their opioids directly to doctors. This move isn't because they finally developed a conscious I can promise you. It's because of the massive lawsuits that they are facing for pushing these highly addictive drugs all over this country knowing exactly how dangerous their conduct was. Peter, you are one of the leaders in this national case that has been filed in Cleveland. There is a handful of lawyers who have been picked to oversee that litigation and. you are one of them and, one of our partner's Troy Rafferty is the other one. You know, as I look at this story it's almost as if we have them trying to fall on their sword

Yes.

From 1997, they have understood exactly how addictive this product was. They went out and tried to phony up a bunch of information to give to doctors to say it wasn't and now they are falling on their sword. Is it going to work?

I hope people see through it. You have Purdue who makes Oxycontin, in 2007, three of their executives agree to criminal charges and now they are coming, it's ten years later. In that ten year period of time you have almost five, six hundred thousand deaths attributable to Oxycontin and another host of opiates and, now they are going to say we aren't going to market it. Doesn't it beg to question why in the world would they market them in the first place?

Why are you marketing these in the first place?

It wasn't even necessary.

No

Let me put it in perspective. First of all these opiates at this level were designed for end of life.

Right.

End of life, in critically care cancer cases, post surgery for three days and that was it. But they couldn't make enough money so they then start going out and they said well we are going to market for all kinds of reasons. You have a sprained ankle give you 70 Oxycontin. People say well that's the doctor. No, it's not the doctor entirely. When you find out what these companies did. They actually went out and created phonied up literature, they had phonied up people, they're called key people..

Opinion leaders.

Key opinion leaders. They go to these universities and say hey doc "how would you like to make a hundred thousand dollars"...

Educated.

Yes, educated that the opioids are not addictive so, they would phony up a bunch of literature. Then they have their sales people in the field that are only suppose to be selling this for the very narrow use then they start using it for everything. The thought that they are out marketing it. In 2010 they released a new kind of delivery mechanism that was harder to crushed. So many people had problems that they were crushing it and snorting it and then melting it down and injecting it and, the same time they are marketing it. It's scary or sad really. It's scary that they are out putting the bottom line first.

The problem is you have the idiotic media that's like "oh yeah look what they're trying to do". These are criminals, criminals dressed up in three piece suits. The are no different than El Chapo and every other drug lord that we have seen.

I think an important part of the story that you'd never here on mainstream media is this, that the deaths have been escalating every year for about 15 years. I mean we are at the highest cause of death in 24 to 40 year olds is opiates. When I first started working on these cases in late 2016 early 201 these stories weren't at the front page of the national press. The reason why Purdue has taken these kinds of steps is because trial lawyers across the country started talking to their cities and counties and started filing cases. Only when the trial lawyers filed cases are you seeing steps like Purdue refusing to market.
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