Insys founder John Kapoor is using the coronavirus pandemic as part of his legal defense to remain out of prison while he appeals his January 2020 racketeering conviction for kickback schemes to boost prescriptions of his company’s powerful opioid Subsys.

Maryland charged Insys Therapeutics Inc. with deceptively marketing a powerful opioid pain killer so that it was prescribed inappropriately beyond its intended use with cancer patients.

The billionaire founder of Insys Therapeutics Inc. was arrested on U.S. charges that he participated in a scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe a fentanyl-based cancer pain drug, marking a step by authorities to fight the opioid epidemic.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. was sued by buyers of its drugs, who accused the Canadian company of racketeering by forcing them to pay exorbitant prices.