Perhaps the biggest Pharma scandal to erupt in the recent past is that of Purdue Pharma and it’s legalised sale of the deadly drug OXYCONTIN. Addiction to Oxycontin is more or less the same as addiction to heroin. Millions have been addicted – and many became addicted through prescription from their doctors.
Oxycontin is a brand name time-release formula of oxycodone, an opioid painkiller that was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1995. The Oxycontin maker is Purdue Pharma, which was created by members of the Sackler family who are doctors. Hailed as a medical marvel for pain management at the time of its release in 1996, Oxycontin provides relief from chronic pain related to injuries, arthritis, cancer, and other conditions for up to 12 hours.
The owners of Purdue Pharma is the Sackler Family and perhaps one of the most unusual things about the court result was that SEVEN members of the family were held PERSONALLY responsible for the Oxycontin Epidemic.
Perhaps one of the most sickening aspects of the Oxycontin scandal is that doctors were prescribing it as easily as you would give smarties to a child. And when the epidemic got increasingly worse the Purdue company devised strategies for putting the addiction blame on the victims.
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