The Trump administration has resolved an internal dispute over how to handle new variants of fentanyl that it believes can beef up the fight against the deadly synthetic painkiller without hindering research to ease the opioid crisis, according to a draft agreement seen by Reuters.
John Kapoor, the founder and former chief executive officer of Insys Therapeutics, was sentenced to more than five years in federal prison for the role his company played in the opioid epidemic.
Nektar Therapeutics withdrew the application for the company’s opioid painkiller for adults with chronic low back pain, after a U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel unanimously voted against the drug’s approval.
Insights into former president Richard Sackler’s control of Purdue Pharma and his aggressive stance on marketing OxyContin were revealed when internal company documents were unsealed following a four-year court battle in Kentucky.
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Federal prosecutors are investigating six pharmaceutical companies for potential criminal charges in connection with shipping large quantities of opioid painkillers that contributed to a healthcare crisis, according to regulatory filings.
A recent report from the Associated Press alleges the Sackler family is using similar marketing tactics to push sales of OxyContin in China through another company they own, Mundipharma.
An Oklahoma judge said Johnson & Johnson must pay that state $465 million for fueling the opioid epidemic through the deceptive marketing of painkillers, down from his original award of $572 million.
Purdue Pharma LP and the company’s Sackler family owners will be shielded until April 8, 2020, from sprawling opioid litigation to give the maker of OxyContin time to try to reach a legal settlement the drug manufacturer says is worth $10 billion.
Johnson & Johnson will pay $20.4 million to settle claims by two Ohio counties, allowing the U.S. healthcare giant to avoid an upcoming federal trial seeking to hold the industry responsible for the nation’s opioid epidemic.