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Who really makes the big bucks off of OxyContin?

Who really makes the big bucks off of Oxycontin?
Here’s a clue…it’s not the drug dealers

by Bev MacPhee July 26, 2017

There isn’t a day that goes by, that we don’t see articles in newspapers or “News Alerts” that interrupt our favorite TV shows, stating that the police have captured the brains and the minions, in a huge QxyContin drug bust.
They always show a table full of plastic bags filled with pills and huge piles of cash that signify the results of many hours and days of undercover work. As a viewer, I have been tempted, as I am sure you have been, to think that the streets must be a whole lot safer now that these low-life are behind bars. I don’t want anyone to think that I am negating the hard work of the police departments involved in these arrests. I am not. What I want to bring to the attention of the public, is that there are greater, more sucessful criminals out there than the ones who are paraded in front of the cameras with their hoodies pulled over their faces.

So just who are these masterminds? Are they incognito so we won’t notice that they are raking in millions and millions of dollars off of people using and dying from OxyContin. Not in the least. The people at the center of the OxyContin success are none other than the Sackler family, otherwise known as the” The OxyContin Clan: The $14 Billion Newcomer to Forbes 2015 List of Richest U.S. Families” as reported in (1)
“The Sacklers are brothers Arthur, Mortimer and Raymond Sackler — each practicing psychiatrists- and own Stamford, Conn.-based Purdue Pharma. How did the Sacklers build the 16th-largest fortune in the country? The short answer: making the most popular and controversial opioid of the 21st century — OxyContin.” (1)
So how much did the Sackler family make with their development of OxyContin? In an 2015 article in it is stated:
“Purdue Pharma, 100% owned by the Sacklers, has generated estimated sales of more than $35 billion since releasing its time-released, supposedly addiction-proof version of the painkiller oxycodone back in 1995. Its annual revenues are about $3 billion, still mostly from OxyContin. ” (1)

“Arthur Sackler died in 1987 at age 73, brothers Mortimer and Raymond had Purdue Pharma dabbling in pain medications. They eventually took generic painkiller oxycodone — invented in World War I-era Germany — and installed a timed-release mechanism, which promised to stymie abuse by spreading the drug’s effects over half-day period. This enabled them to market it beyond the traditional target audience for powerful opioids — cancer patients — and not long after OxyContin’s launch in 1995, primary-care doctors were prescribing it for an array of painful symptoms. Sales hit $1.5 billion by 2002.” (1)

But the drug wasn’t as abuse-resistant as it claimed. People who are looking for a fix will do just about anything to get it. In this case, they could just crush the pills to break the time-release mechanism, then snort the powder for a heroin-like high. Addiction, overdoses and accidental deaths followed, and Purdue Pharma found itself facing charges that it had misbranded OxyContin as far less risky than it was.
“The company reformulated OxyContin in recent years, making it far more difficult to abuse, but it is still reckoning with lawsuits stemming from its earlier, oft-abused iteration. A case brought by the State of Kentucky also alleging false marketing has been winding its way through the courts since 2007, and damages could exceed $1 billion.” (1)

$1billion dollars. I wonder how many people had to die from abusing OxyContin for damages of that amount to be awarded.

“None of the Sacklers were ever accused of any wrongdoing, but in 2007 Purdue Pharma agreed to pay $600 million in fines and other payments to resolve the charge that the company had misled doctors and patients by claiming that the drug’s long-acting quality made it less likely to be abused than traditional narcotics. The company’s president, medical director and top lawyer pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of misbranding and paid more than $34 million in fines.”(1)

In addition, one of the Sackler brothers, Arthur, who died in 1987, had been inducted into the Medical Advertising Hall of Fame in 1997 for his promotional work in helping Valium to become the first US$100 million drug. (2) Ahhhh yes, another miracle drug more addictive than heroin, with horrifying side-effects, that stole the lives of countless people.

Let’s face it. The Sacklers , who are all now deceased, were considered go be very prominent benefactors. But all the lavish gifts to the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Columbia University the Sackler Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Freer and Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington as well as other cultural, scientific, and educational institutions around the world are not going to bring back those who lives were cut short from the Sacklers’ development of one of the most dangerous drugs ever created. OxyContin.