The Sackler family that owns the company making the best-known opioid prescription painkiller paid family members involved in the pharmaceutical giant $4bn in just over a decade from 2007, as overdose deaths soared in the US, new court filings claim.
And as the nation’s opioids crisis was deepening, Purdue Pharma, which makes the OxyContin narcotic pill at the genesis of the overdose epidemic, and is wholly owned by the Sackler family, the company apparently considered marketing an anti-addiction drug to “an attractive market” of people with opioid addictions.
The attorney general’s office in Massachusetts is suing Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma, along with some company executives and members of the Sackler family, in an effort to hold them accountable for the toll of the drug crisis in the state.
Newly unredacted allegations were released late on Thursday, in addition to previous explosive revelations in court filings in the same case. Those alleged that Richard Sackler a leading member of the pharmaceutical dynasty who was previously involved with the running of Purdue as well as, currently, its ownership, celebrated Oxycontin’s launch in the mid-90s and predicted “a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition”.