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Did US Congressman Tom Marino (PA) resign amid a looming congressional investigation?

Tony Marino

In 2007, Congressman Marino resigned from his position as a U.S. Attorney in Pennsylvania after a Department of Justice investigation was launched against him for giving a reference to a convicted felon to operate slot machines.

Marianne Skolek Perez, Investigative Reporter

(MYRTLE BEACH)  Less than a month into his re-elected term in the House of Representatives, Congressman Tom Marino tendered his resignation today and will vacate his seat in six days.  Although Marino did not cite a reason for leaving his prestigious elected position, he announced his plans to work in the private sector and use his vast legal and business experience to create jobs around the nation.

Opioid Epidemic – The Root is at the Top – the FDA!

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Maybe Dr. Gottleib can answer my question which begs asking “If Dsuvia (Sufentanil) is restricted to use in certified medically-supervised health care settings ‒ such as hospitals, surgical centers and emergency departments ‒ for administration by a health care professional how does that qualify a battlefield?

Marianne Skolek Perez, Investigative Reporter

(MYRTLE BEACH)  How did Dsuvia also known as Sufentanil sublingual receive FDA approval when Scott Gottleib, MD, Commissioner of the FDA acknowledges a “crisis of opioid addiction”? On November 28, 2018 I wrote an article for several publications regarding the threat to human life with the FDA approval of Dsuvia (Sufentanil). The opioid is to be administered sublingually (faster absorption) and is approximately<b> 5 to 10 times more potent than its parent drug, Fentanyl and 500 times as potent as morphine.  Links to my article are shown below.

“FDA remove Sufentanil (Dsuvia) as you did Palladone in 2005! It’s dangerous!”

Janet Woodcock

Janet Woodcock, MD is current FDA Director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.  Maybe she can advise under her watch — during an opioid epidemic in the U.S., why she does not question the dangers of Sufentanil (Dsuvia) being released on the American people.

Marianne Skolek Perez, Investigative Reporter

(MYRTLE BEACH) In early 2005, I exposed Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, for marketing a dangerous opioid called Palladone.  In July 2005, Palladone was removed from the market following an FDA request because of “safety concerns”  An FDA news release stated that “serious and potentially fatal adverse reactions could occur when Palladone (hydromorphone hydrochloride) extended release capsules were taken together with alcohol.”  (See news release below).

Maryland Attorney General AG Frosh takes legal action against Insys Therapeutics, maker of Subsys (Fentanyl)

Maryland AG Brian E. Frosh

Recently the Attorney General’s office in Maryland brought legal charges against the pharmaceutical company, Insys maker of the killer opioid, Subsys (Fentanyl) for endangering the lives of consumers in off-label marketing their billion dollar drug.  These charges lend themselves to ask — why did the maker of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma unleash an epidemic of death and addiction throughout the country for almost two decades with virtually no concern or charges by any Attorney General as the body bag count mounted and we continue to lose a generation of our children?  Why did no federal agency consider charging Purdue Pharma under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) in 2007 when they were charged in Federal Court in Virginia with criminally marketing OxyContin — pleaded guilty — and are convicted felons?

Marianne Skolek Perez Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH) “RICO” is often thought of as a law designed to combat the Mafia. While that is how the law was first primarily used and intended, it has been applied in cases involving organizations that few people would mistake for the Mafia, including Major League Baseball, the Key West Police Department and the Catholic Church. RICO creates criminal and civil penalties for members of organizations that engage in patterns of criminal activity.  Why wasn’t Purdue Pharma charged under RICO?

Opioid Epidemic rages as DOJ refuses a Freedom of Information (FOI) request!

Richard Hollawell

There is an attorney in N.J. I refer to as the “Lone Ranger” fighting the prescription opioid epidemic destroying lives in the tens of thousands by taking appropriate legal action.  His name is Richard (Rick) Hollawell (photo shown).  

Marianne Skolek Perez Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH) Attorney Richard Hollawell has been seeking the very sought after 120 page report on Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin that caused the US Attorney’s office in Abingdon, VA to charge the pharmaceutical company in 2007 with criminally marketing their killer drug.  Three executives from Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty in Federal Court to the charges, Michael Friedman, Howard Udell and Paul Goldenheim.  No prison time was imposed and business continued as usual for Purdue Pharma.  So much so that eleven years later their profits surpass $30 billion with death and addiction tolls in the tens of thousands.

Maura Healey, Attorney General, Massachusetts and her lawsuit against Purdue Pharma

Maura Healey

Recently AG Healey “took on” the maker of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma, but did she really?

Marianne Skolek-Perez Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH) Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Maura Healey filed a lawsuit against the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical company, Purdue Pharma, maker of the highly addictive OxyContin.  The AG alleged that Purdue Pharma misled consumers about OxyContin’s addiction and health risks in order to increase its profits.  She also named the Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma, as well as members of the pharmaceutical company’s Board of Directors.  Interesting approach, but one that made me very curious.  So I will make some observations, ask some questions and maybe, I will receive some answers because some things do not quite sit well here,

FDA can be sued in Prescription Opioid Epidemic — and should be!

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The FDA’s approval of dangerous prescription opioids over the years can best be described as “fire, aim, ready” as the epidemic continues to rage out of control.

Marianne Skolek-Perez Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH)  Attached is a Memorandum of Law in Support of Plaintiff (Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Research Services Inc’s (PMRS) Motion for Summary Judgment filed against the United States Food and Drug administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  I encourage every Attorney General and law firm in the country suing Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin to read this filing carefully and apply it to current and future lawsuits.

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