OxyContin is among the most well-known drugs in American history. The extremely addictive painkiller seems to have become the subject of a prescribed drug crisis despite only being in the industry since 1996.
Nearly 500,000 Americans had already died from overdosing associated with it and similar opioids, according to the CDC [Centre for Disease Control and Prevention].
The OxyContin Family Denied Any Involvement In The Opioid Crisis
While public outrage over OxyContin’s producer, there is big news about the Opioid use and the controversy generated by the makers.
In a statement, these makers have openly defied any responsibility that may occur or may have occurred due to the use of a high dose of opioids produced by them.
Purdue Pharma grew immediately, the name of the privately operated company’s owners, the Sackler family, remained unknown for a long period.
They were known for their generosity, contributing large sums to museums and cultural organizations that named buildings and galleries after them: the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London; the Sackler Wing at The Louvre in Paris, and many more.
Purdue Pharma’s previous president and co-chairman claimed on Wednesday that his family and the organization are not to blame for the country’s opioid crisis.
Dr. Richard Sackler made his statement during a state bankruptcy court congressional testimony for a proposal to restructuring Purdue and settles any lawsuits involving the company as well as its family members for their role throughout the opioid epidemic.
Dr. Sackler, 76, said, “No when asked whether he accept any responsibility for the opioid disaster in the United States?. “ Sackler said once more when asked does the Sackler family bear any blame for the United States’ opioid crisis?” Sackler said no once again. Finally, whether the Purdue Pharma bears any blame for the United States’ opioid crisis? He denied.
Sackler led the Sackler-owned prescription opioid maker’s attempts to commercialize its trademark prescription drug, OxyContin, for nearly two decades.
Lawyers representing states opposed to the settlement arrangement summoned Sackler to attend for questioning. One of the states’ objections is that the Sackler’s will gain very extensive legal privileges in exchange for giving $4.5 billion.
Purdue Pharma was found guilty of government criminal charges connected to the marketing and advertising of OxyContin twice throughout Sackler’s tenure and reached a settlement with the state of Kentucky.
It was only one of the business’s countless settlements. Sackler informed the jury on Wednesday that he couldn’t keep track of all the agreements. “There were numerous private and public settlements.”
Sackler also stated that he was unaware of the number of OxyContin-related fatalities in the United States. Brian Edmunds, a Maryland assistant attorney general, said, “You didn’t feel it was important in your position as a chairman or president of an opioid corporation to investigate how so many people really died as a because of the usage of that product?”
Dr. Sackler said, “To the best of his information, recall, that information is not available.”
According to a lawyer, Raymond Sackler estate members have built a website to respond to accusations on the Sackler’s. According to government officials, certain family members were aware of OxyContin’s strong addictive potential but remained to pressure Purdue Pharma’s sales force to boost earnings.
Government officials claim they were aware of the medication’s addictive qualities but did nothing to halt it, according to legal claims already brought against the Sackler family.
According to the Justice Department, many family members are involved in “fraudulent” asset transfers. The Sackler’s insist they operated professionally and did nothing illegal. It’s unlikely that the accusations would ever be proven in court if this bankruptcy plan is accepted and supported on appeal.