Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, expected to plead guilty to charges related to nation's opioid crisis

Purdue Pharma is expected to plead guilty to federal conspiracy and kickback charges Tuesday.

11/24/2020 5:15:00 PM

Purdue Pharma is expected to plead guilty to federal conspiracy and kickback charges, and acknowledge its aggressive marketing of opioids helped propel an addiction crisis that killed hundreds of thousands of Americans.

Purdue Pharma is expected to plead guilty to federal conspiracy and kickback charges Tuesday.

Douglas Healey/AP, FILEPurdue Pharma is expected Tuesday to plead guilty to federal conspiracy and kickback charges and acknowledge that its aggressive marketing of opioids over the last three decades helped propel an addiction crisis that killed hundreds of thousands of Americans.

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The guilty plea is part of asettlement with the Justice Department. Critics say that a separate deal with members of the Sackler family, who owned the company and made an estimated $10 billion from OxyContin, is too lenient since they will not admit to wrongdoing and face zero charges as part of the settlement.

Purdue Pharma said it knowingly and willfully offered payments to health care providers to induce them to write more prescriptions of its opioid products.Douglas Healey/AP, FILEA Purdue Pharma logo is affixed to part of a Purdue building in Stamford, Conn., in this May 8, 2007, file photo. headtopics.com

It also admitted to aiding and abetting the dispensing of opioids without a legitimate medical purpose or valid prescription and failing to provide the Drug Enforcement Administration with accurate information about OxyContin.Until it stopped marketing opioids in February 2018, prosecutors said Purdue sought to increase sales by sending sales representatives to prescribers' offices and pharmacies to deliver company-developed messaging, give the prescribers meals and marketing materials and provide information about pharmacies stocking Purdue opioids.

MORE: Judge approves OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma's settlement over 'multiple serious felonies'The settlement agreement quoted an executive who said in a September 2010 presentation to Purdue’s sales supervisors:"As I have stated several times, we know increases in the prescriber call average will have the single largest impact of anything you can do to increase prescriptions of Purdue products with our core and super core prescribers."

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Charge them billions in fines! Then they'll pay 0.001% of what they made and it will have paid off for them. Purdue? Any relation to that racist lying weasel from Georgia? Must be owned by Jared Kushner or someone in the Trump family!😝 They’re getting off way too easy. As someone who lost their mother at a young age to an oxy overdose ( all prescribed by reckless pill pushers) this is not “justice” this is the wealthy literally killing us and they get a slap on the wrist it makes me sick!

How does pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter of hundreds of thousands of Americans work out in jail time? Yeah !!!! Big pharmacy . Thanks for killing off so many people . What’s next ? A vaccine ? Should be put out of business and never allowed to return. Go Brady Go Oh give it a rest. Gosh these companies: they have no mercy! Such companies must be liquidated, all monies gained by executives repatriated and given away to affected families or a foundation that helps people! The Law must be so such a thing can never happen again

Will the Sacklers also admit making $$ Billions $$ even after fines, court costs, and attorney costs with ZERO jail time? How about we seize all their assets and try them for crimes against humanity instead?