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Thursday, October 26, 2017

More than a decade after opioid painkillers first exploded across the U.S., John Kapoor found an aggressive way to sell even more, according to prosecutors: He began bribing doctors to prescribe them.

Speakers' fees, dinners, entertainment, cash -- federal charges unsealed Thursday claim Kapoor's striving company, Insys Therapeutics Inc., employed all of that and more to spur prescriptions of a highly addictive fentanyl-based drug intended only for cancer patients.

As President Donald Trump declared at a White House event that opioid abuse represents a public-health emergency, authorities arrested Kapoor in Arizona and painted a stark portrait of how Insys allegedly worked hand in glove with doctors to expand the market for the powerful agents.

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"Selling a highly addictive opioid-cancer pain drug to patients who did not have cancer makes them no better than street-level drug dealers," Harold Shaw, the top FBI agent in Boston, said of Kapoor and other Insys executives charged earlier in the case.

The story of the 74-year-old billionaire and the company he founded traces the arc of a crisis that claims 175 lives each day. What began with the over-prescription of painkillers in the late 1990s soon became a race by manufacturers to dispense more and more pills.

Charged with racketeering conspiracy and other felonies, Kapoor became the highest-ranking pharma executive to be accused of an opioid-related crime, and his arrest may portend charges against companies far larger than Insys, which has a modest $417 million market capitalization

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What a racket:

The company also sought to encourage doctors to write more prescriptions by hiring their friends and family members to serve as "business liaisons'' and "business-relation managers,'' prosecutors said. These support-staff employees worked in the doctors' offices but were paid by Insys in what the indictment called bribes and kickbacks.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-10-26 07:44 PM | Reply

I'm glad it's happening, but I'm disappointed that Obama didn't do this years ago.

Hundreds of thousands of lives could have been saved.

#2 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-10-26 09:29 PM | Reply

It is about time that these ----------- were held accountable for these deaths.

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-10-26 09:36 PM | Reply

Small price to pay for freedom.

#4 | Posted by bored at 2017-10-26 09:40 PM | Reply

Maybe they'll get charged with one misdemeanors like Pfizer did for killing 55,000 people with Vioxx.

Anything else would be bad for business and punishing job creators.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-10-26 10:04 PM | Reply

Ammonia--"Drugs"

#6 | Posted by madscientist at 2017-10-27 08:19 PM | Reply

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