Attorney General Jeff Sessions is locking up billionaire big pharma executives and salesmen that contributed to the opioid crisis in America.
Jeff Sessions was congratulated by President Trump in his March 19th speech in New Hampshire for his passion in going after the pharmaceutical companies that started and contributed to the opioid crisis in America.
In describing his multiple point plan to stop the opioid crisis in America, President Trump described one of the main strategies will be going after the drug companies that helped cause the problem.
“Last year the Department of Justice prosecuted more than 3000 defendants in cases involving opioids…all of the trafficking and related crimes…3000 cases including a pharmacists, a physician’s assistant and an opioid trafficker, each charged with committing serious drug crimes in New Hampshire. ”
“Whether you are a dealer or doctor or trafficker or manufacturer, if you break the law and illegally pedal these deadly poisons, we will find you, we will arrest you, and we will hold you accountable!”
This brought a standing ovation from the New Hampshire crowd, which has been terribly affected by the opioid crisis.
“Companies must also be held accountable. The Department of Justice recently created a task force to coordinate investigations on lawsuits against manufacturers and other bad actors that harm our citizens, and I can tell you that Jeff Sessions, that is here with us now, feels so strongly about this, and they are working very hard and very effectively on that and we appreciate that very much, so thank you Jeff.”
LOCK THEM UP!
The billionaire founder of Insys, John Kapoor, was arrested in October 2017, charged with using bribes in an elaborate scheme to provide kickbacks to doctors, encouraging them to prescribe a highly addictive opioid medication to large quantities of patients.
The scheme was to pay doctors thousands of dollars to be part of a sham ‘educational program’ in order to get them to prescribe millions of dollars’ worth of Subsys, the Fentanyl-based opioid sublingual spray.
This Fentanyl spray is 50 times more powerful than morphine and stronger than heroin, paid for by insurance companies and Medicare if the doctor warrants its prescription. Subsys is supposed to be prescribed only to cancer patients in excruciating pain that cannot get relief elsewhere.
John Kapoor’s company, Insys Therapeutics, is the manufacturer of Subsys. Kapoor’s scheme was designed to get doctors to prescribe his highly addictive and dangerous drug to as many patients as possible, even if they do not have cancer. His company made hundreds of millions and ruined countless lives. Now he will likely go to prison.
THE DOCTORS ARE ALSO GOING DOWN.
On March 9th, 2018, Dr. Rosenberg, owner of a pain management clinic in Rhode Island, was sentenced to 51 months in prison for healthcare fraud for conspiring to receive kickbacks for prescribing Subsys. He falsely told insurance companies, and in some cases Medicare, that the patients had the criteria of breakthrough cancer pain, when they did not. This one case cost the insurers and Medicare over $750,000 in losses for the false claims. He received over $188,000 in kickbacks from Insys.
There are many other prosecutions and convictions happening from Alabama to New York of Insys executives, salespeople and the doctors that received the kickbacks. The insurance companies and Medicare were defrauded millions of dollars and now the American taxpayers are having to clean up the mess of the addiction crisis.
BIG PHARMA STARTED THE CRISIS
The Pharmaceutical companies are to blame not only for fraud, but for starting the original opioid crisis.
In the late 1990’s a number of pharmaceutical companies lied to doctors in a massive national publicity campaign stating that opioids were not addictive, when in fact the company executives knew that they were highly addictive. The marketing campaign told doctors that no one needed to be in pain; these drugs would solve all varieties of pain, were not addictive and had no side effects.
This was a massive publicity campaign to launch opioids without question into the American marketplace. Two decades later the effects of a nation addicted is costing billions to the economy and thousands of lost lives.
BUILD THE WALL
People who get prescribed opioid pain killers by doctors, and then cannot get them legally, often turn to heroin which is a very similar opioid drug. Heroin is cheap and readily available on the streets. This all has accelerated in the crisis of overdoses in America. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse more than 115 Americans die every day after overdosing on opioids including heroin. About 80 percent of people who use heroin first misused prescription opioids.
The President tied the opioid crisis to the illegal immigration issue and the open southern border;
“90% of the Heroin in American comes from our Southern Border, where eventually the Democrats will agree with us and build the wall so we can KEEP THE DAMN DRUGS OUT!”
This comment got the President another standing ovation in New Hampshire.
In the meantime, President Trump is using the Justice Department lead by Jeff Sessions to go after the big pharma executives that are lying about how additive the drugs are and bribing doctors to over-prescribe the drugs.
The American people should not have to pay the consequences of crooked drug companies lying and addicting the public to drugs to fill their pockets. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total “economic burden” of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.
The Department of Justice is working on proposals to change the laws and strengthen the penalties, including proposing the death penalty for drug dealers.
We will be hearing much more about that from President Trump in the coming weeks.
Robin Rowan 3-19-2018