Purdue Pharma, Richard Sackler, Purdue discussed on Diane Rehm: On My Mind

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But it had to get to this dire point where sixty thousand Americans were dying of overdoses from legal and illegal drugs over the course of a year it had to reach the point of insanity for people to start doing something. And it's tragic that this was not addressed earlier. So. How is Purdue pharma reacting to all the foods? Purdue pharma is reacting much in the same way that it has always reacted one can at minimum give them consistency. As virtue. They admitted in two thousand seven they pled guilty to criminal charges that they had lied to doctors to patients to regulators to everyone about the benefits and risks of Oxycontin. But right up until that point they were claiming they were doing nothing wrong and ever since that point they have claim they have done nothing wrong. What we're seeing right now, I think is a repeat of what happened in tobacco litigation where again, the manufacturer of controversial product was successful for many many years in vending off lawsuits and fending off criticism in hiring the best lawyers. Paying politicians and building a successful defence against public outcry. Now that defense were Purdue in the sack ler families concerned has started to crack and the truth is starting to come out. So what does Sackler and Purdue? Have done. Right. Loan is to blame the. Yes, there's a six star Neri Email. That's come out. That was written by Richard Sackler? Who is the son of Raymond Sackler when it produced farmers founders and Richard sokoll himself, the president of produce pharma during probably the height of abuse of Oxycontin. And you know, he says what we've gotta do is hammer on the abusers. You know, they're the problem there. The fall they created this concept in their head and tried to polyphony rated publicly, you know, that there were two classes of people. There were good people. The patients who are taking these drugs. According to doctor's orders, and the bad people who were the abusers who either live not taking it according to doctor's orders or buying on the street, or whatever the case. But the fact of the matter is that is much as Richard Sackler and. Other members of family might have railed against drug abusers or drug addicts a number of people who took Oxycontin as prescribed by doctor did become dependent or addicted to the drunk about San they their drug companies. Did they get involved with opioids in similar ways? Oh, yes. Purdue pharma is by no means unique here. I mean, they laid the groundwork. They open the door to the expanding use of opioids in medical setting in that kind of triggered this public health crisis that we're in now, but every other drug manufacturer follow them through that door. They sort of the vast amount of money that could be made here, and they jumped in as well, and it was only drug manufacturers. It was companies that act as distributors of dry. Okay. So basically this the drug manufacturer that makes the drug there's drugstore that prescribes you the drug, but then in between them there are these companies that buy the drugs from any factors in distribute them to drugstores in what's come out again through investigative reporting and government investigations is that these distributors were shipping millions of pain pills to areas of the country where drug abuse was rampant knowing full well that this supply of pain pills far exceeded the legitimate need for them in these areas. Tell me about Fenton, no feno is another opioid. It's it's is used in the medical setting to treat pain. It's very powerful opioid can be used again for pro surgical pain. It could be used for cancer pain. But it's medical uses. Typically, are very limited defense and all that your listeners are reading about or seeing television stories about is a counterfeit version of fence. It's basically made in laboratories either in Canada or Mexico from raw materials that are first produced in China and then shipped overseas, and because of the power feno once it gets mixed in with say heroin or other drugs and sold on the street as pills that can it can be pressed in and and you can get sort of phony pills that are being sold to look like regular pain pills. It's such a powerful drug that people who have not been exposed to opioids before even people who are used to taking opioids can quickly overdose in. I from these drugs. So what's happening with these lawsuits? Cut New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Utah who have filed foods against members of the Sackler family where does that leave the human beings who've either lost their lives there is where does that leave them? It's a fascinating question. I am going to be very interested to see how this litigation plays out as you may be aware. There was a recent settlement by the state of Oklahoma against Purdue pharma, others trial coming up there at the end of Megan's to other opioid makers and as part of that settlement produce forma agreed to fund or provide money to fund diction research at a branch of university in Oklahoma. And that's all well and good. That's wonderful. There really can't be enough money made available for addiction research and addiction treatment. But at the same time Michael hunter, oh, I believes the attorney general of Oklahoma. Agreed that all the internal produce forma documents that the state had gathered in preparation for this lawsuit remained sealed

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