Oxycontin Maker Purdue Pharma Will Stop Marketing the Drug to US Doctors

Feb 12, 2018, 00:28
Oxycontin Maker Purdue Pharma Will Stop Marketing the Drug to US Doctors

The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin said it will stop marketing opioid drugs to doctors, bowing to a key demand of lawsuits that blame the company for helping trigger the current drug abuse epidemic.

"We would have more success in encouraging cautious prescribing if drug companies stopped promoting aggressive prescribing", he told the Times. "Even if we save one life due to this decision, it is worth it". The company will still handle requests from doctors who have questions about drugs such as OxyContin, through its medical affairs department.

"Effective Monday, February 12, 2018, our field sales organization will no longer be visiting your offices to engage you in discussions about our opioid products", Kwarcinski said in the letter, which was released to media outlets. It will now have about 200 sales representatives, Purdue said. Accordingly, the company has laid off more than 50 percent of its sales force, with the remaining employees focusing on non-opioid products. Symproic is used to treat opioid-related constipation. Purdue Pharma has total revenue of about $3 billion, with perhaps a third of the total coming from painkiller OxyContin. Opioid litigation increased sharply in 2017 when hundreds of cities, counties and states sued opioid makers, wholesalers, distributors and marketers.

Medical professionals say a shift in the 1990s to "institutionalize" pain management opened the doors for pharmaceutical companies to encourage the mass prescribing of painkillers by doctors, and Purdue Pharma led that effort.

The government claims the results have been tragic - and left government agencies with millions in social and health care costs.

Opioids, though, were involved in more than 42,000 overdose deaths in 2016, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the most recent figures suggest that 145 Americans now die every day from overdoses.

Purdue's promotions exaggerated the drug's safety and risks of addiction, leading to lawsuits and federal investigations.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
  • John Kelly Denied Reports He Offered To Resign Amid Scrutiny

    Without being specific, the aide reportedly said he expected his ex-wives to say unflattering things about him to investigators. Spokesman Raj Shah says Trump was not aware of the allegations against former staff secretary Rob Porter until Tuesday.
    Winter Olympics Organizers Probe Potential Cyberattack On Opening Ceremony Day

    Winter Olympics Organizers Probe Potential Cyberattack On Opening Ceremony Day

    Kim, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, is leading North Korea's delegation to the Olympics. The North's political delegation was set to leave Sunday. "The vice present cheered for the team he's rooting for".
    Egypt launches major anti-jihadist operation

    Egypt launches major anti-jihadist operation

    Police and security forces have frequently been the target of deadly attacks staged by insurgents in the area. Egypt has for years been struggling to contain an Islamic insurgency in the turbulent Sinai region.
  • Winter Olympics will miss star power of Lindsey Vonn when she's gone

    Winter Olympics will miss star power of Lindsey Vonn when she's gone

    Sofia Goggia is going into her first Winter Olympics with the aim of stealing the show from American superstar Lindsey Vonn . He was 88, the reason Vonn's father Alan began skiing, and therefore the reason Lindsey took up the sport.
    Much of Congress is not on board with Trump's parade

    Much of Congress is not on board with Trump's parade

    But White House legislative director Marc Short shot back on MSNBC: "I'm not sure honoring the military is a waste of money". The cost of the march has yet to be calculated, but would likely run into the tens of millions.
    Deals for National Pizza Day in Madison

    Deals for National Pizza Day in Madison

    From Pizza Hut to even Baskin Robbins , there are plenty of chains who are ready and willing to make sure you are doing it right. Or, get a large single topping pizza , an order of stuffed cheese bread a free two liter of Pepsi for $15.99.
  • Madison area expected to get 3 to 5 inches of snow

    Madison area expected to get 3 to 5 inches of snow

    A winter storm watch is in effect from late Thursday night through Friday evening, according to the National Weather Service . The snow is expected to start falling late Thursday afternoon and evening, continuing through Friday as the storm moves east.
    CIA Denies Report Over Mystery Russian Who Promised Donald Trump Information

    CIA Denies Report Over Mystery Russian Who Promised Donald Trump Information

    All are purported to be Russian intelligence reports, and each focuses on associates of Trump. It is all now starting to come out - DRAIN THE SWAMP!' Trump tweeted on Saturday.
    Georgia officer killed while trying to serve arrest warrant

    Georgia officer killed while trying to serve arrest warrant

    Locust Grove is about 40 miles southeast of Atlanta. "Thank God for the bulletproof vest", said Wade Corley, a pastor at Mt. One of the deputies was shot through his bullet proof vest in the stomach and is undergoing surgery, McBrayer said.
  • NASA Probe Captures Farthest Images Taken Away From Earth

    NASA Probe Captures Farthest Images Taken Away From Earth

    About two hours later, New Horizons later broke the record again with images of Kuiper Belt objects 2012 HZ84 and 2012 HE85. New Horizons is not as far from Earth as Voyager 1 , but this spacecraft is also on track to leave the solar system.
    Energy, security, trade to top Modi's agenda in three-nation tour

    Energy, security, trade to top Modi's agenda in three-nation tour

    On February 12, the Prime Minister will meet a group of Omani CEOs. Modi will be the first-ever prime minister to visit Palestine . This will be the fourth meeting between the two leaders.
    Attack against Benghazi mosque, 1 dead and 55 injured

    Attack against Benghazi mosque, 1 dead and 55 injured

    The United Nations has been trying to mediate for years, hoping elections can help stabilize Libya. The devices appear to have been activated remotely using a mobile phone, one military source said.
popular