Drug Maker Bribed Doctors and Used Rap Video to Push Synthetic Opioid, Founder and Executives Convicted of Racketeering

A Boston jury recently convicted the founder of the drug company Insys, John Kapoor, and four former executives of racketeering among other crimes in a fentanyl bribery case. Fentanyl is a powerful fast acting, short lasting synthetic opioid. As of 2017, fentanyl was the most widely used synthetic opioid in medicine.

Prosecutors said the executives bribed doctors to prescribe Subsys, fentanyl spray, through “sham” programs that were meant to pay practitioners to over prescribe the drug.

One strange and disturbing element of the story is how employees at the drug company rapped and danced around a giant bottle of the highly addictive fentanyl spray to motivate sales reps to get patients on higher doses of the dangerous addictive drug.

The video was shown to jurors in the trial of Insys Therapeutics Inc. Founder John Kapoor and the four other executives.

According to the CDC “In 2017, more than 28,000 deaths involving synthetic opioids (other than methadone) occurred in the United States, which is more deaths than from any other type of opioid.”



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