Behind the Scenes, McKinsey Guided Companies at the Center of the Opioid Crisis

The consulting firm offered clients “in-depth experience in narcotics,” from poppy fields to pills more powerful than Purdue’s OxyContin.

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #appalachian-region, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #consultants, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #endo, #food-and-drug-administration, #johnsonjohnson, #mckinseyco, #opana, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #poppies, #purdue-pharma, #united-states

How Kathy Griffin Survived Cancer and Cancellation

The comedian explains why she “takes umbrage” with the term “cancellation,” and how her career still hasn’t fully recovered.

#addiction-psychology, #audio-neutral-informative, #cuomo-andrew-m, #griffin-kathy, #oxycontin-drug, #rogan-joe

‘You Murdered My Daughter’: Relatives of OxyContin Victims Confront the Sacklers

It was the first time, after years of lawsuits, that the family that owns Purdue Pharma was forced to hear directly from families who had lost loved ones to addiction.

#bankruptcies, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #sackler-david, #sackler-richard-1945, #sackler-theresa-1949, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #your-feed-science

Sacklers and Purdue Reach Settlement as Opioids Crisis Continues

The agreement brought holdout states on board, and would settle thousands of lawsuits over the company’s and family’s roles in the opioid epidemic. The Sacklers agreed to pay an extra billion dollars.

#bankruptcies, #compensation-for-damages-law, #office-of-the-united-states-trustee, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #your-feed-healthcare

Eric Kay Trial: Matt Harvey Says He got Pills From Angels Employee

Harvey and three former teammates said they received pills from Eric Kay, the former Angels communications director accused of supplying the drugs that killed Tyler Skaggs.

#baseball, #cron-christopher-john-cj-1990, #harvey-matt, #kay-eric, #los-angeles-angels-of-anaheim, #oxycontin-drug, #skaggs-tyler-1991-2019

How the Sacklers Got Away With It

Patrick Radden Keefe discusses how the family that helped create an overdose crisis that’s killed hundreds of thousands of Americans has escaped accountability.

#empire-of-pain-the-secret-history-of-the-sackler-dynasty-book, #immunity-from-prosecution, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #united-states

Judge Overturns Purdue Pharma’s Opioid Settlement

The ruling said the company’s owners, members of the Sackler family, could not receive protection from civil lawsuits in return for a $4.5 billion contribution.

#appeals-courts-us, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #justice-department, #office-of-the-united-states-trustee, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Met Museum Removes Sackler Name From Wing Over Opioid Ties

The museum and the Sackler family announced that the name would be removed from seven exhibition spaces, including the wing that houses the Temple of Dendur.

#art, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #oxycontin-drug, #sackler-mortimer-1916-2010, #sackler-raymond-1920-2017

Overdoses Surged During the Pandemic. How Do We Stop Them?

More than 100,000 Americans died of overdoses in a single year, exceeding the number of people who died from car crashes and guns combined.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #debatable, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #fentanyl, #naloxone-drug, #new-york-city, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #united-states

Congress Is Investigating McKinsey Over Its Role in the Opioid Crisis

A House committee has requested documents related to the firm’s advice to drug makers and potential conflicts of interest with the F.D.A.

#food-and-drug-administration, #house-committee-on-oversight-and-government-reform, #maloney-carolyn-b, #mckinseyco, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #united-states-politics-and-government

Mac Miller Death: Man to Plead Guilty to Fentanyl Distribution

Under an agreement with federal prosecutors, Stephen Andrew Walter, 48, would serve 17 years in prison for distributing the fentanyl pills that Mr. Miller consumed before he died.

#california, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #fentanyl, #miller-mac, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #plea-bargaining

D.E.A. Warns of ‘Alarming’ Increase in Fentanyl-Laced Fake Pills

The Drug Enforcement Administration said it had seized more than 9.5 million counterfeit prescription pills so far this year, more than in the previous two years combined.

#counterfeit-merchandise, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #fentanyl, #methamphetamines, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug

The Pain Wouldn’t Stop — Because Her Medication Had Been Stolen

Too often, seniors who use opioids become targets for exploitation and abuse.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #home-health-care, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #robberies-and-thefts, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

U.S. Seeks to Block Bankruptcy Plan That Would Free Sacklers From Opioid Claims

The Justice Department has been appealing the deal, approved earlier this month.

#bankruptcies, #drain-robert-d, #justice-department, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Purdue Pharma Is Dissolved and Sacklers Pay $4.5 Billion to Settle Opioid Claims

The ruling in bankruptcy court caps a long legal battle over the fate of a company accused of fueling the opioid epidemic and the family that owns it.

#drain-robert-d, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #liability-for-products, #medicine-and-health, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #your-feed-healthcare

Richard Sackler Says Family and Purdue Bear No Responsibility for Opioid Crisis

In a rare courtroom appearance, the former Purdue Pharma president and board member was evasive and defiant.

#drugs-pharmaceuticals, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-richard-1945, #your-feed-science

Origins of an Epidemic: Purdue Pharma Knew Its Opioids Were Widely Abused

A confidential Justice Department report found the company was aware early on that OxyContin was being crushed and snorted for its powerful narcotic, but continued to promote it as less addictive.

#addiction-psychology, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #friedman-michael-pharmaceutical-executive, #goldenheim-paul-d, #justice-department, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-richard-1945, #udell-howard

Sacklers Threaten to Pull Out of Purdue Pharma Opioids Settlement

In a rare court appearance, David Sackler said he and his family would withdraw their pledge to pay $4.5 billion, unless they are granted broad legal immunity.

#bankruptcies, #drain-robert-d, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #high-net-worth-individuals, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #sackler-david, #suits-and-litigation-civil

15 States Reach a Deal With Purdue Pharma Over Opioids

The states, including Massachusetts and New York, agreed to drop opposition to the bankruptcy organization plan of the company, the maker of OxyContin.

#bankruptcies, #california, #compensation-for-damages-law, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #massachusetts, #new-york-state, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #states-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #your-feed-healthcare

An Opioid Case Like No Other: New York vs the Entire Supply Chain

New York’s sweeping lawsuit is the first opioid case in which a jury rather than a judge will decide the outcome.

#amerisourcebergen-corp, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #johnsonjohnson, #long-island-ny, #mckesson-corporation, #new-york-state, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #teva-pharmaceutical-industries-ltd, #walgreen-co

Johnson & Johnson to Pay New York $230 Million to Settle Opioid Case

The settlement agreement came just days before opening arguments in a sweeping trial of several defendants, including the company.

#compensation-for-damages-law, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #duragesic-drug, #james-letitia, #janssen-pharmaceutica, #johnsonjohnson, #new-york-state, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Judge Clears Purdue Pharma’s Restructuring Plan for Vote by Thousands of Claimants

The ruling was a milestone in yearslong efforts to make the OxyContin manufacturer pay for its role in the opioid crisis, but some plaintiffs feel the plan doesn’t go far enough.

#bankruptcies, #drain-robert-d, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #finances, #oxycontin-drug, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #your-feed-science

Paul J. Hanly Jr., Top Litigator in Opioid Cases, Dies at 70

Mr. Hanly had been central to the current nationwide litigation against pharmaceutical companies, pharmacies and others in the opioid supply chain.

#deaths-obituaries, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #hanly-paul-j-jr-1951-2021, #legal-profession, #liability-for-products, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Dazzling Skies, U.F.O. Sightings and Real-Life Monsters: The Week in Narrated Articles

Five articles from around The Times, narrated just for you.

#empire-of-pain-the-secret-history-of-the-sackler-dynasty-book, #oxycontin-drug, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #race-and-ethnicity, #sackler-family, #them-tv-program, #unidentified-flying-objects-ufo, #wall-street-journal

In My Hometown, Opioids Are Still Stealing Lives

A decade ago, it was already a crisis. But it feels like its getting worse.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #fentanyl, #funerals-and-memorials, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #pennsylvania, #purdue-pharma

Book Review: ‘Empire of Pain,’ by Patrick Radden Keefe

Patrick Radden Keefe’s new book is about the Sacklers, the family whose company created the powerful painkiller that ushered in a new era of both pain management and opioid addiction.

#books-and-literature, #empire-of-pain-the-secret-history-of-the-sackler-dynasty-book, #keefe-patrick-radden, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #purdue-pharma

Purdue Pharma Offers Plan to End Sackler Control and Mounting Lawsuits

The OxyContin maker filed its long-awaited restructuring plan in bankruptcy court. Revenue from the new company would go exclusively to abating the opioid crisis.

#bankruptcies, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Doctor Who Prescribed Pain Pills Is Charged With 5 Counts of Murder

The prosecution on Long Island is one of several across the nation that seek to hold doctors criminally accountable for opioid-related deaths.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #george-blatti, #long-island-ny, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #nassau-county-ny, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #press-democrat, #singas-madeline

Head of McKinsey Is Voted Out as Firm Faces Reckoning on Opioid Crisis

Partners decided not to keep Kevin Sneader in the top job. Weeks earlier, McKinsey had reached a historic settlement agreement in the U.S. over its advice to drugmakers.

#layoffs-and-job-reductions, #mckinseyco, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #purdue-pharma, #sneader-kevin

He Lost His Son to an Overdose. Now He’s Taking On the ‘Top Drug Cop.’

One activist is asking the Biden administration to remember the failures that led to the opioid epidemic as it chooses the next head of the F.D.A.

#bisch-ed, #food-and-drug-administration, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #purdue-pharma, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #sackler-family, #united-states-politics-and-government, #woodcock-janet

McKinsey Settles for $573 Million Over Role in Opioid Crisis

The consulting firm has reached the agreement with 47 states because of its advice to drugmakers, including Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin.

#addiction-psychology, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #mckinseyco, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Sacklers Deny Personal Responsibility for Opioid Epidemic in House Hearing

It was the first time in years that members of the family that owns Purdue Pharma have taken questions publicly, and the exchanges were tense.

#addiction-psychology, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #house-of-representatives, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #sackler-david, #sackler-kathe, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-healthcare

McKinsey Issues a Rare Apology for Its Role in OxyContin Sales

The firm faced criticism after a report revealed that consultants had discussed destroying documents related to the opioid business and proposed that a drugmaker pay its distributors rebates for overdoses.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #house-of-representatives, #mckinseyco, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #purdue-pharma, #schatz-brian, #senate

The Sacklers’ Last Poison Pill

A trapdoor in the Justice Department deal with the family’s company might enable them to escape a full accounting of their part in the opioid epidemic.

#justice-department, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family

New Guidelines Cover Opioid Use After Children’s Surgery

Parents should not be afraid of managing the child’s pain with opioids when they are needed, but should make sure a child does not have access to leftover doses.

#children-and-childhood, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain, #pain-relieving-drugs, #parenting, #surgery-and-surgeons

McKinsey Proposed Paying Pharmacy Companies Rebates for OxyContin Overdoses

Court filings reveal consultants’ talk of a records purge during the opioid crisis, and shed new light on sales advice given to the billionaire Sackler family and their drug company, Purdue Pharma.

#cvs-caremark-corporation, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #food-and-drug-administration, #mallinckrodt-pharmaceuticals, #mckinseyco, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #sackler-raymond-1920-2017, #sackler-richard-1945, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Purdue Pharma Pleads Guilty to Role in Opioid Crisis

The admission in federal court brought a formal end to a major investigation that resulted in a multibillion-dollar settlement between the drug maker and the government.

#bankruptcies, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #compensation-for-damages-law, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #fines-penalties, #justice-department, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #practice-fusion-inc, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

$26 Billion Settlement Offer in Opioid Lawsuits Gains Support

Three distributors and a drug manufacturer have proposed a deal that a majority of states and negotiators for small governments finally seem to like.

#addiction-psychology, #amerisourcebergen-corp, #cardinal-health-inc, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #janssen-pharmaceutica, #johnsonjohnson, #mckesson-corporation, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #your-feed-healthcare

Purdue Pharma Plea Offers Little Solace to Survivors of Opioid Crisis

The company, which produced OxyContin, faces penalties of $8.3 billion. But families of those addicted are skeptical of the tangible benefits.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #scioto-county-ohio

Purdue Pharma Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges for Opioid Sales

The Justice Department announced an $8 billion settlement with the company. Members of the Sackler family will pay $225 million in civil penalties but criminal investigations continue.

#fines-penalties, #justice-department, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #purdue-pharma, #your-feed-healthcare

Defying the Family Cycle of Addiction

In a family plagued by addiction, I was determined to help my teen recover from surgery without opiates.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #families-and-family-life, #hernias, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #parenting, #surgery-and-surgeons

Former Angels Employee Charged in Pitcher’s Overdose Death

Tyler Skaggs, who had fentanyl and oxycodone in his system at the time of his death, would not have died if not for the fentanyl, federal prosecutors said on Friday.

#baseball, #drug-enforcement-administration, #fentanyl, #fort-worth-tex, #justice-department, #los-angeles-angels-of-anaheim, #oxycontin-drug, #skaggs-tyler-1991-2019

The Sacklers Could Get Away With It

The family behind Purdue Pharma made a fortune on the opioid epidemic. Will they ever truly face justice?

#advertising-and-marketing, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #personal-bankruptcies, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Big Pharmacy Chains Also Fed the Opioid Epidemic, Court Filing Says

New details emerge in a lawsuit asserting that chains including CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens sold millions of pills in small towns but rarely flagged suspicious orders to authorities.

#cvs-caremark-corporation, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #drugstores, #lake-county-ohio, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #purdue-pharma, #rite-aid-corporation, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trumbull-county-ohio, #walgreen-co, #walmart-stores-inc, #your-feed-science

Can Grapefruit Juice Affect My Thyroid Medicine?

Some 100 drugs can have dangerous and even life-threatening effects if you eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while taking them.

#citrus-fruits, #diet-and-nutrition, #digestive-tract, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #grapefruit, #oxycontin-drug, #statins-cholesterol-lowering-drugs