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Secrets of one of America’s richest families will be exposed in court – including tactics used to make BILLIONS selling OxyContin amid the nation’s opioid crisis

Thanks to the flyingcuttlefish blog for this link
From the UK Daily Mail
“[The contents of the lawsuit] appear to be discussions of tactics that could be used to promote the sales of OxyContin (particularly in higher doses), to encourage doctors to prescribe the drug over longer periods of time, and to circumvent safeguards put in place to stop illegal prescriptions”
Judge Janet Sanders
  • The Sackler family owns Purdue Pharma which is being sued by several states, cities and counties 
  • They have made billions by marketing and selling OxyContin since 1995 
  • In Massachusetts, a judge declared on Tuesday that the case against the family would be unsealed
  • It means the family, which is notoriously private, will have to lay bare truths about how they promoted the drug and how they run the business 
  • Purdue is worth an estimated $14billion but the Sackler’s family wealth is hard to pin down 
  • They live extravagantly across the US and in London, where some members of the dynasty have been honored with knighthoods 
  • The business was founded by brothers Raymond, Arthur and Mortimer who are now all dead
  • Their descendants now grace the social circuits of London and Manhattan
  • The family of one brother, Arthur, do not associate with the others and are not involved in the business 

The secrets of the Sackler family, the pharmaceutical dynasty who own the company accused of sparking America’s opioid crisis with its mass production and aggressive marketing of OxyContin, will be laid bare in court despite their efforts to keep them private.

On Monday, Suffolk County Superior Court Judge Janet Sanders rejected the family’s attempts to keep the lawsuit filed against them and their company, Purdue Pharma, by the state of Massachusetts sealed, saying the details they seek to protect belong in the public domain.

The full lawsuit – which has been heavily redacted and has not been released publicly – must now be released, free of redacts, by February 1.

It will expose for the first time the tactics the family used to not only push the highly addictive painkiller through the pharmaceutical industry and in to millions of American homes and hospitals, but also the efforts they took to try to ‘circumvent safeguards put in place to stop illegal prescription,’ according to Sanders.  Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey welcomed the judge’s decision on Tuesday, saying in a statement: ‘For many years, Purdue, its executives, and members of the Sackler family have tried to shift the blame and hide their role in creating the opioid epidemic.

‘We are grateful to the court for lifting the impoundment on our complaint so that the public and families so deeply impacted by this crisis can see the allegations of the misconduct that has harmed so many.’

In pages of the lawsuit already made public, Healey claims the family aggressively pushed the painkiller to doctors despite knowing how addictive it is.

Family members even claimed the tens of thousands of deaths attributed to their drug were ‘only the tip of the iceberg’ but still pressed hard for more sales, the lawsuit claims.

‘In 1997, Richard Sackler, Kathe Sackler, and other Purdue executives determined — and recorded in secret internal correspondence — that doctors had the crucial misconception that OxyContin was weaker than morphine, which led them to prescribe OxyContin much more often, even as a substitute for Tylenol,’ says Healey.

In her judgement, Judge Sanders said the family’s argument to keep the lawsuit redacted was ‘hardly compelling’.

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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6644889/Sackler-family-secrets-laid-bare-OxyContin-court-case.html

Prescription drugs now kill more people than illegal drugs

Story at-a-glance

  • For the first time, deaths from properly prescribed drugs now outnumber traffic fatalities in the United States
  • Drug-induced fatalities are being fueled by overdoses on prescription pain and anxiety medications
  • Those most at risk from dying from this new drug crisis are people in their 40s, but teenagers and the elderly are also at risk
  • Between 2001 and 2008, there was a 36 percent increase in hospital admissions, and a 28 percent increase in emergency room visits, among children age 5 and younger who had accidentally ingested medication

By Dr. Mercola

Death by medicine is a 21st-century epidemic, and America’s “war on drugs” is clearly directed at the wrong enemy!

Prescription drugs are now killing far more people than illegal drugs, and while most major causes of preventable deaths are declining, those from prescription drug use are increasing, an analysis of recently released data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by the Los Angeles Times revealed.

The Times analysis of 2009 death statistics, the most recent available, showed:

  • For the first time ever in the US, more people were killed by drugs than motor vehicle accidents
  • 37,485 people died from drugs, a rate fueled by overdoses on prescription pain and anxiety medications, versus 36,284 from traffic accidents
  • Drug fatalities more than doubled among teens and young adults between 2000 and 2008, and more than tripled among people aged 50 to 69

Again, these drug-induced fatalities are not being driven by illegal street drugs; the analysis found that the most commonly abused prescription drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax and Soma now cause more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined.

‘Pharmageddon’ Is Upon Us

Pharmageddon1 is “the prospect of a world in which medicines and medicine produce more ill-health than health, and when medical progress does more harm than good” — and it is no longer a prospect but fully upon us. Those most at risk from dying from this new drug crisis are people you would least expect; the analysis revealed the death toll is highest among people in their 40s, but all ages, from teenagers to the elderly, and all walks of life are being affected. In fact, prescription drugs are now the preferred “high” for many, especially teens, as they are typically used legally, which eliminates the stigma of being a “junkie.”

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https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/10/26/prescription-drugs-number-one-cause-preventable-death-in-us.aspx