Tag Archives: Oxycontin

Senator Lamar Alexander were you duped by the U.S. Pain Foundation?

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Let me know Senator Alexander when you will be holding a hearing for family members to testify how their loved ones were prescribed dangerous opioids, became addicted and died because of criminal marketing by pharma. 

Marianne Skolek Perez, Investigative Reporter

(MYRTLE BEACH) On February 12, the National Director of Policy and Advocacy for the U.S. Pain Foundation testified at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. The hearing “Managing Pain During the Opioid Crisis” was chaired by U.S. Senator Alexander.   The National Director arrived on the Senate floor laying on a cot and at the point of testimony, transferred to sitting in a chair.  In 2015, she had testified in front of the U.S. Senate laying on a yoga mat holding a microphone.

Kentucky your drug epidemic has a name and a face — Meet Jon!

Jon, a resident of Kentucky, lost his life due to prescription drugs.

Jon’s sister wants answers — and is entitled to answers — as are the thousands of other families who have lost loved ones in drug torn counties like Butler, Kentucky.

Marianne Skolek Perez, Investigative Reporter

(MYRTLE BEACH) By way of introduction, Kentucky this was Jon. He was a son, a father and a brother. He was loved by family and friends. On July 27, 2018 Jon died in a drug ravaged town in Butler County, Kentucky where the words “empowerment”, “prevention”, “education” and “treatment” are not used. Jon died of a drug overdose. The deaths have become a matter of daily routine and accepted — even by law enforcement. Why investigate the cause of death or who provided the drug(s) that ultimately kill residents of war torn towns in Kentucky? There will only be another “Jon” dying tomorrow and the next day and the day after.

Purdue Pharma and “The Sacklers” Crimes Against Humanity!

Cover of Orlando Sentintinel

Was critical information withheld that potentially could have saved hundreds of thousands of lives to addiction and death as billions of dollars were put in the pockets of the perpetrators and their benefactors?

Marianne Skolek Perez, Investigative Reporter

(MYRTLE BEACH)  Attached are photos of the front page of The Orlando Sentinel who did an explosive series in October 2003 on Purdue Pharma and their deadly new drug, OxyContin. The series exposed the criminal marketing of OxyContin by Purdue Pharma in a 5 part series. You will not find this series on the Internet. Fortunately I have copies of the newspapers and will protect the name of the journalist who I consider a hero for the investigative work put into the series. The journalist was an award winning writer, who as a result of this series, caused Purdue Pharma to threaten The Orlando Sentinel and the journalist was unceremoniously terminated.

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).

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,

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.

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