Pharmaceutical Company CEO Found Guilty of Bribing Doctors to Prescribe Opioids

Former pharmaceutical company CEO John Kapoor was convicted of racketeering by a jury in Boston last week in a scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe opioids. Four other executives of Insys, the drug firm founded by Kapoor, were also found guilty in the case after a 10-week trial and 15 days of jury deliberations.

“Today’s convictions mark the first successful prosecution of top pharmaceutical executives for crimes related to the illicit marketing and prescribing of opioids,” said U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling in a statement. “Just as we would street-level drug dealers, we will hold pharmaceutical executives responsible for fueling the opioid epidemic by recklessly and illegally distributing these drugs, especially while conspiring to commit racketeering along the way.”

“This is a landmark prosecution that vindicated the public’s interest in staunching the flow of opioids into our homes and streets,” he added.

Company Pushed Powerful Opioid

During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Kapoor and his co-defendants had engaged in a marketing plan that included phony speaking fees and parties at strip clubs and expensive restaurants to entice doctors to prescribe the Insys medication Subsys. The drug is an oral spray containing fentanyl, a powerful opioid that is nearly 100

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