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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.

Insys Therapeutics and Purdue Pharma “war criminals” responsible for opioid deaths and addictions!

Purdue Pharma CEO's Howard Udell, Chief Counsel, Paul Goldenheim, MD and Michael Friedman

President Trump calls for extermination of drug dealers responsible for causing deaths.  Should he include the pharmaceutical executives who knowingly marketed their dangerous opioids criminally which resulted in tens of thousands of deaths?

Marianne Skolek-Perez Global News Centre

Last night, NBC Nightly News televised a segment on Insys Therapeutics and their criminal marketing of Subsys (Fentanyl) which has resulted in a landmark outcome — the arrest of CEO’s of the disgraced pharmaceutical company.  Here is a link to the NBC Nightly News broadcast https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/drug-company-bribed-doctors-to-prescribe-opioid-federal-indictment-says-1189045827628

Rudy Giuliani succeeded in keeping Purdue Pharma out of prison resulting in thousands of deaths!

Rudy Giuliani photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, pleaded guilty in federal court in 2007 to criminal charges that they misled regulators, doctors and patients about the drug’s risk of addiction and its potential to be abused.  The disgraced privately held Purdue Pharma, owned by the billionaire Sackler family, brought in “big guns” to negotiate the monetary settlement and hired Rudy Giuliani to avoid prison time.  Judge James Jones presiding over the sentencing imposed community service hours at a drug rehabilitation center to the three CEO’s of Purdue Pharma.  They were Michael Friedman, President, Howard Udell, Chief Counsel (now deceased) and Paul Goldenheim, MD.  With Giuliani’s shrewd legal skills utilized, Purdue Pharma continued to make billions of dollars while their created prescription opioid epidemic raged out of control.

Senator Orrin Hatch needs to be named in opioid lawsuits filed nationwide!

Senator Hatch receives the American Pain Foundation's Public Service Award from Dr. Perry Fine, Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Utah. (Undated photo on Hatch's website)

Senator Hatch receives the American Pain Foundation’s Public Service Award from Dr. Perry Fine, Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Utah. (Undated photo on Hatch’s website)

This past week U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (Utah) announced his retirement from the Senate at 83 years old.

Marianne Skolek-Perez Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH) Before Mr. Hatch attends his retirement party as Chairman of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, maybe some vital matters should be addressed.  Hatch was a member of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee in 2012 when an investigation into the prescription opioid epidemic was launched naming several pharmaceutical companies as well as The American Pain Foundation, The American Academy of Pain Medicine and The American Pain Society, as well as several physicians.  Two of the physicians named in the investigation were Perry Fine, MD and Lynn Webster, MD both from Utah.  I am calling for Hatch to be charged with obstruction of justice and named as a defendant in the many lawsuits filed throughout the country against pharmaceutical companies such as Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin.  My call for Orrin Hatch to be brought into legal action is based on the following information as regards the investigation into the prescription opioid epidemic addicting and killing in the tens of thousands:

Lynn R. Webster, MD sets standard for DEA investigations

Lynn Webster

Lynn Webster

Following the trail of the prescription opioid epidemic and the DEA’s efforts to expose the purveyors.

Marianne Skolek-Perez Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH) In 2013, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) launched an investigation of then-president-elect of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) Lynn R. Webster, MD, related to overdose deaths at Webster’s Lifetree Pain Clinic in Salt Lake City. It was alleged there were up to 100 deaths at Webster’s clinic which was raided by the DEA.  Webster attributed the deaths to “suicide” and the pain clinic closed its doors.  The U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah declined to pursue charges, effectively ending the DEA investigation.  US Senator Orrin Hatch (Utah) was rumored to be the force behind charges being dropped against Webster.

Attorneys are becoming the heroes in the prescription opioid epidemic ravaging the US!

Rick Hollawell

Rick Hollawell represents a family in N.J. whose daughter Sarah Fuller died in 2016 at the age of 32 as a result of being prescribed Subsys (fentanyl).

Is it an injustice that in 2007, Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin was charged in federal court and pleaded guilty to criminally marketing their dangerous and highly addictive opioid yet there were no arrests?

Marianne Skolek-Perez Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH)  Last month, “CBS 60 Minutes” and “The Washington Post” did an explosive expose on a former Drug Enforcement Agency official whistle blower, Joe Rannazzisi — who was brave beyond words to expose political wrongdoings fueling the prescription opioid epidemic.   Here is the link to “The Washington Post” article https://lnkd.in/dcqtrrU.  Rannazzisi wears several hats — former DEA official, pharmacist and attorney.

Gov. Christie’s Opioid Commission and the Nation’s Biggest Nightmare – J. David Haddox, MD, DDS

CaptureHow many lives could have been saved?

Marianne Skolek-Perez Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH)  This should scare anyone involved in the prescription opioid/heroin epidemic. J. David Haddox, MD, DDS is the “gate keeper” at Purdue Pharma and successfully downplayed the dangers of OxyContin in the late 1990’s. Haddox “coined” a word “pseudo-addiction” without scientific data.  The definition of Haddox’s word “pseudo-addiction” is A drug-seeking behavior that simulates true addiction, which occurs in patients with pain who are receiving inadequate pain medication. So Haddox’s message to the medical profession was “more” is appropriate when treating patients with dangerous narcotics — and the medical profession bought it. In the meantime, Haddox’s employer, Purdue Pharma made billions of dollars in the sale of their drug OxyContin — as lives were ended.

Caught you US Senator Orrin Hatch! Release the Opioid Report Now !

Orrin Hatch

Senator (R-UT) Orrin Hatch

 

Mr. Hatch — it’s called obstruction of justice and I will continue reporting on you until the US Senate Finance Committee investigation on prescription opioids is made public.

Marianne Skolek-Perez Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH) In the 15 years I have been reporting on the prescription opioid epidemic, it has in some ways been frustrating to be a forerunner in exposing the criminal activity of pharma, the FDA, politicians, physicians, pain foundations and organizations profiting from the surging death and addiction rates — while US Senator Orrin Hatch is allowed to obstruct justice.

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