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  1. beentheredonethatagain
    Federal Court Fines Purdue Pharma, Executives

    This article was taken from Common Sense for Drug Policies

    The manufacturer of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma, and a few of its executives were allowed to plead guilty in federal court to misleading the public about the drug and were given hefty fines.

    The Associated Press reported on May 11, 2007 ("OxyContin Maker, Execs Fined $634.5M") that "Purdue Pharma L.P., its president, top lawyer and former chief medical officer will pay $634.5 million in fines for claiming the drug was less addictive and less subject to abuse than other pain medications, U.S. Attorney John Brownlee said. The plea agreement settled a national case and came two days after the Stamford, Conn.-based company agreed to pay $19.5 million to 26 states and the District of Columbia to settle complaints that it encouraged physicians to overprescribe OxyContin.

    'With its OxyContin, Purdue unleashed a highly abusable, addictive, and potentially dangerous drug on an unsuspecting and unknowing public,' Brownlee said. 'For these misrepresentations and crimes, Purdue and its executives have been brought to justice.'"

    According to AP, "The U.S. attorney said the guilty pleas were entered Thursday morning in U.S. District Court in Abingdon, about 135 miles southwest of Roanoke. In an unusual move, Brownlee said, company chief executive officer Michael Friedman, general counsel Howard Udell and former chief medical officer Paul Goldenheim each pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of misbranding the drug.

    Of the total fine, $34.5 million was levied on those three. The fines will be distributed to state and federal law enforcement agencies, the federal government, federal and state Medicaid programs, a Virginia prescription monitoring program and individuals who had sued the company. About $5 million will go toward a six-year company program to monitor compliance with the agreement."

    The AP noted that "Investigators from a number of state and federal agencies worked together on an investigation of Purdue Pharma and began to subpoena company records in 2002, Brownlee said. 'From these millions of records, they picked out probably 300 to 500 documents and pieced together a case,' he said. The Food and Drug Administration was part of the investigation. A spokesman for Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said the agency had not acted on a citizen petition Blumenthal's office filed more than three years ago. The petition raised concerns about misbranding and called for stronger warnings and fuller disclosure about OxyContin's dangers." ​

Comments

  1. Matt The Funk
    Oxy's are terribley harmful and addictive. A friend of mine died from oxy OD, in her sleep the other night.
  2. beentheredonethatagain
    I am sorry for your loss
  3. manda
    May 10 2007: 1:48 PM EDT


    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The maker of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma LP, agreed Thursday to a $600 million penalty as part of a plea deal with the Justice Department on a felony charge of misleading and defrauding physicians and consumers, the government said.

    Three of the company's executives, including its CEO, general counsel and former chief medical officer, have separately agreed to pay $34.5 million in penalties. The company and the three men appeared in federal court Thursday to plead guilty.

    The company also agreed to subject itself to independent monitoring and a remedial action program.

    "Purdue ... acknolwedged that it illegally marketed and promoted OxyContin by falsely claiming that OxyContin was less addictive, less subject to abuse and diversion, and less likely to cause withdrawal symptoms than other pain medications - all in an effort to maximize its profits," said U.S. Attorney John Brownlee.
  4. manda
    This supposed cover-up about how bad it is was kinda blown when people started dying-
    The trouble w/oxy's is that small doses are extremely potent, more potent than the pill pushers admitted.
  5. beentheredonethatagain
    Manda isnt sad how the government would allow something so physically addictive to be sold on the market , yet will not or at least allow just a very few weak good medicines on the market. I refering to things like Amphetamines, not like adderall or dexidrine, but there were some back in the seventies that one pill would be all a person would need for a day, that pill had legs, work all day and then have enough energy left over to take care of your home life.
  6. Matt The Funk
    Thats just it. About her death, she under estimated the pills strength, along with taking it hours after a comedown from something else. It's not all the OXy's fauly, but still. SWIM has taken oxycodone plenty of times(in its different pills, percocets,oxycotnin,generic,etc) and can say the pills seem more powerful than hydrocodone, even at a dose that is suppose to be similiar. Also like other opiates, SWIM feels they may be even more addictive, and has also heard of a few OD oxy alone deaths. Plus the fact that they can allow something this harmful to be legal(although SWIM believes in a different regulated control of drugs), while drugs like cannabis, psycilobin mushrooms, and others, are illegal. The girl actually just wanted to find some cannabis to help her come down, but her dealers were out of town, and it was too late at night to call a friend to just ask for cannabis for a come-down.
  7. trueNorth
    "Oxy's are terribley harmful and addictive. A friend of mine died from oxy OD, in her sleep the other night."

    That's whose fault? I never died from oxy's, but that's probably because I realized they were an opioid and needed to be handled carefully. Your friends folly killed her, not the drug.
  8. hh339
    Oxycontin is powerful stuff, and as with opiates/opioids in general, people tend to overdose freqently on them, even if they don't always die. If everyone was smart it would be less of a problem, but we all know how many people treat drugs like toys. They are also highly addictive, about as physically addictive as heroin, or at least not very far from it. Based on what I've seen that is.
  9. Matt The Funk
    Yes I understand that. As my post above states,( I think still a little hard for me to think coherently) it was mostly her fault. Plus she was feeling pretty depressed. Anyways a few factors could be attributed to her death. I was mostly saying people under estimate oxy's for sure.
  10. beentheredonethatagain
  11. Matt The Funk
    I am aware of this. I'm just trying to push the fact that the goverment is almost letting these pill pushing pharm companies lie to us, until enough people start dying, and getting addicted, and they can't cover it up.
  12. beentheredonethatagain
    True that , your right , the government who thinks they are doing us a favor by trying to protect us from our selves, but who is going to protect us from them?
  13. Coconut
    It's our job to protect ourselves.
  14. manda
    BTDTA: Yeah, it would be cool for a 'lil pill to help us thru the day- I'd be down with trying one to see if it would work. I have never taken a speed pill before.

    This is so crazy, yet I feel that meth, if it were given to a coma patient or a patient on their deathbed, well I can almost f-ing guarantee you that that dying patient is going to live longer- how long, who knows, but wouldn't it be cool to find out? It masks sickness, pain, exhaustion, hunger- the coma patient may not wake up, but that dying person is going to live a bit longer, and possibly even enjoy the way they feel so much that they would want to live. Not only would it get everything pumping, it would mask chronic pain, it would be like no pain at all if the dose was studied and perfected. I think it's a damn shame they don't use it to prolong life or attempt to wake up certain coma patients.
    If I'm ever on my deathbed or in a coma, God dang it, if you're my friend, give me one shot. So I can walk out of there and die at home w/my animals!!! What the heck would I have to lose at that point?
    Meth can alter one's physical/mental state so drastically, even the physical appearance is altered.
    Patients that were extrememly bloated from water or other fluids may be able to be helped this way also- it would flush the water out like yesterday, what bloat?
    Please tell me I'm not the only one who has thought of using this powerful drug for good, to help our older people?
    I am not advocating giving it to people w/ weak hearts who couldn't survive it, but the heart is only one small piece of the problems that plauge old people.
  15. beentheredonethatagain
    Manda , I love you. You get it!! I have some cronic pain, I hate pain pills because they require you to take them even if your not having any pain, they will give you pain, when NIK ( no-one I know ) takes meth , his pain is a lot less and he is able to get things done. I too also believe that older people who are not getting around much because they don't have the energy any more , or their brains are not as sharp as before , I dose of amp would do them wonders and give them a chance to get back in the swing of things.

    I agree and am glad to know that there is at least one other person that is thinking like me.
  16. manda
    To me it seems criminal that they DON'T take advantage of this drug, reap the benefits. I know with my parents, as long as they were OK w/it, I'd rather see them alive them dead...I'd rather have any extra time as opposed to none.

    What the heck is wrong w/society that they have a potential miracle drug, if they just took their heads out from behind their momma's skirts maybe those pussy willows could do some good.
    I mean, it could be a dose of meth everyday living at home vs. a nursing home or assisted living.
    Luv ya more BT!!!
  17. trueNorth
    {
    Yes I understand that. As my post above states,( I think still a little hard for me to think coherently) it was mostly her fault. Plus she was feeling pretty depressed. Anyways a few factors could be attributed to her death. I was mostly saying people under estimate oxy's for sure.
    }
    Matt, I didn't mean to come down hard on you; my purpose in posting was to point out that everyone blames 'the drug' and doesn't realize(or doesn't want to realize) that any drug is benign. It just sits there until you do something with it. I also was under the impression that anyone that takes oxy's must know exactly what they are and what they are capable of doing. I may have been wrong on this account although I find it difficult to understand. On the other hand, the first time swim did acid swim really didn't know anything about it. so...whatever
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