Purdue Pharma is back in the news again as Richard Sackler, part of the family that owns Purdue, is named as one of the inventors on a recent patent for a drug designed for use “treating” addiction.
Purdue’s part in promoting widespread use of opioids through direct marketing and manipulation has become the subject of more than a thousand suits according to the article. That the same company now stands to profit from the disaster they helped create is just one more example of why policymakers need to be continuously alert to questionable, unethical and potentially dangerous marketing and business practices associated with Big Pharma. Other commentators have begun to take notice such as this one in The Hill.
This is an important lesson to bear in mind when evaluating claims from drug manufacturers about the benefits of Medication-Assisted Treatment.