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If lawyers have their way, however, or public opinion pricks a few consciences, it may soon. Two branches of the family control Purdue Pharma, which makes OxyContin but, unlike their company, none of the Sacklers are personally being sued over it. Show Hide Almost people are dying every day across America from opioid overdoses — more than car crashes and shootings combined.
Just 27% of American adults trust Trump and the GOP to successfully lower drug costs, according to an Axios survey. Medical experts recommend e-cigarettes should be subject to the same restrictions as tobacco smoking Published: 28 May France considers electronic cigarette ban in . The Family That Built an Empire of Pain The Sackler dynasty’s ruthless marketing of painkillers has generated billions of dollars—and millions of addicts.
The majority of these fatalities reveal widespread addiction to powerful prescription painkillers. The crisis unfolded in the mids when the US pharmaceutical industry began marketing legal narcotics, particularly OxyContin, to treat everyday pain.
This slow-release opioid was vigorously promoted to doctors and, amid lax regulation and slick sales tactics, people were assured it was safe. But the drug was akin to luxury morphine, doled out like super aspirin, and highly addictive.
What resulted was a commercial triumph and a public health tragedy. Belated efforts to rein in distribution fueled a resurgence of heroin and the emergence of a deadly, black market version of the synthetic opioid fentanyl.
The crisis is so deep because it affects all races, regions and incomes Was this helpful? Thank you for your feedback. Lawyers hope that might be about to change, however, as litigation engulfs the company, and the effects may end up rippling all the way to the society circles and venerable arts and science institutions where the billionaires spend the proceeds.
Sackler family members were not charged. The family-owned Purdue, based in Connecticut, and with an arm in the UK called Mundipharma developing other markets for opioids, denies all wrongdoing amid the current litigation.
But there are signs that a giant court settlement may be around the corner between Big Pharma and city, county and state authorities from across the US that are all suing.
He declined to name the law firms or discuss which family members might be targeted in any expansion of the pharmaceutical cases.
It is known that seven members of the Sackler family are on the board of Purdue, but the company will not disclose who owns shares or how much individuals are worth. That only fuels the question: They were two of the three Sackler brothers: Their heirs mostly live in New York or London. They are far from a harmonious clan.
But fortunes and reputations are not shared evenly between relatives of the three deceased Brooklyn brothers, Arthur, Mortimer and Raymond Sackler, who trained as psychiatrists, worked as pharmaceutical researchers and grew a tiny company, which specialised in laxatives when Arthur bought it ininto a pharmaceutical empire.The best opinions, comments and analysis from The Telegraph.
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The truth about the tobacco industry That nicotine is the most important active ingredient in tobacco; that the tobacco companies are in the drug business; the drug is nicotine and that the cigarette is a drug delivery device. The industry maintains it is a simple consumer goods industry.