The senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said in a report that Purdue Pharma was aware of the opioids crisis soon after introducing them, but it continued to market them.
Purdue Pharma, who is the manufacturer of OxyContin, will not be accepting the responsibility for America’sopioid abuse and will not pay the penalty for that, as said by Judge Napolitano. Purdue Pharma said that the FDA had approved its drug and as per the rule when any drug gets the nod of the FDA, there is no more liability for the reasonable or ordinary use. The Pharma has known about the painkillers powerful addiction effect after introducing the drug in the market.
In a confidential report in the year 1996 which was obtained by the New York Times shows that the drug maker Purdue Pharma knew about the OxyContin abuse but later claimed that it was not aware of widespread misuse. DOJ, when done a four-year investigation, has obtained the reports in which it shows that the pills were “Being crushed and snorted”, stolen and doctors sell it illegally and some even charged with selling the prescriptions. The internal notes which are obtained from the company show that the OxyCotin is now getting snorted and sold on the streets in the yearly year of 1997.
In the year 2006, DOJ prosecutors said in the report that the Purdue continued to market the Oxy as “ Less prone to abuse and addiction than other prescribed opioids” despite knowing that it is the reason for abuse. They recommended that Purdue executives as “Indicted on felony charges, including conspiracy to defraud the United States.” These documents come as the growing opioid epidemic has gotten worse in the US with the prescription opioid overdose death which rises more than 10 percent in the year 2016.
According to the Napolitano, who is the judicial analyst at Fox news said, the company is likely insulated from the responsibility because of the access to the OxyContin, and it is required to learned intermediary and it means that users could not go to the drug store and they cannot buy it without the prescription from the doctor. Napolitano said, “I don’t know that anybody is going to pay a very serious price here for a radical health epidemic, arguably fomented by aggressive sales personnel.”