Did you hear about the conviction of John Kapoor, the former chairman of the drug-maker, Insys Therapeutics?
Is this what Trump has in mind for ALL of Big Pharma? Let’s hope so…
Here’s the link from Yahoo News if you want to read the full article. I’ll hit the high and low points.
The first paragraph of the article says:
“The founder of Insys Tereapuetics, Inc on Thursday became the highest-ranking drug-maker executive tied to the U.S. opioid crisis, when he and four colleagues were found guilty of bribing doctors to prescribe an addictive painkiller, helping to drive the epidemic.”
Okay, sounds bad enough, right? How about this next section where they discuss how the drug was supposed to be prescribed only to cancer patients?
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Subsys in 2012 only for use in treating severe cancer pain. Yet prosecutors claimed doctors who took bribes often prescribed Subsys to patients without cancer, helping boost sales for Chandler, Arizona-based Insys.”
Fentanyl is an especially potent opioid, 100 times stronger than morphine.
Kapoor’s lawyers acknowledged Insys paid doctors but contended he believed they were being legally paid to discuss Subsys’ benefits.”
Now it starts to sound really bad.
One of the four defendants along with Kapoor was named Sunrise Lee. That’s her, fully dressed today, in the photo at the top of this article.
Okay, got that name? Sunrise Lee. She was a Regional Sales Director. Sunrise Lee was also a former stripper, and gave one of the the doctors a lap dance as she tried to persuade him to prescribe the drug to his patients.
That’s in addition to the executive dressed up as a dancing bottle of Fentanyl – as shown below. (If I was a fiction writer, people would claim my plots were too far-fetched!)
From Yahoo News:
“Burlakoff, Insys’ ex-vice president of sales, and Michael Babich, its former chief executive, testified against Kapoor after pleading guilty to participating in the scheme.
Jurors during the trial watched a rap video Insys produced for its sales staff describing its strategies that starred Burlakoff dressed as a dancing bottle of Subsys.
Witnesses also testified that Lee, an ex-stripper turned Insys regional sales director, gave a lap dance to a doctor at a Chicago club while pushing him to prescribe Subsys.”
They say that to those who feel life is a tragedy and to those who think it’s a comedy.
There is no joke as to what the opioid epidemic has done to tens of thousands of people.
And yet at the same time, I can’t get out of my mind the image of a regional sales director for a pharmaceutical company giving a lap dance to a doctor as she goes over the virtues of her product.
It kind of makes me think Sunrise Lee needs to go back to her old job as a stripper where she could at least have some measure of self-respect…
How is it that Big Pharma still has such a good reputation among the public and we, the “Anti-Vaxxers” are the crazy ones?
Kent’s book PLAGUE was released by Skyhorse Publishing in 2014 and is now available in paperback. Skyhorse also publishes the work of Mo Yan, the 2012 recipient of the Nobel Prize in literature.The book is co-authored with Judy Mikovits PhD. It is an indictment of the “Fake Science” we find so prevalent in the US.