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Pharmaceuticals, Strip Clubs and Guns

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  • In a complaint filed by the U.S. government, it’s alleged that Insys, which manufactures the opioid Subsys, paid illegal kickbacks and defrauded federal health programs in the marketing of the drug
  • Subsys is a fentanyl under-the-tongue spray; fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that can be 100 times more potent than morphine
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug for treating breakthrough pain in cancer patients but it’s alleged that Insys targeted doctors treating pain in general
  • Many doctors were lavished with fancy dinners and speaker fees, and other even more blatant sales tactics also took place, from telling sales reps to “behave more sexually” and flirt with doctors to reports of sexual relations and job offers if more prescriptions were written

By Dr. Mercola

As the opioid epidemic continues to take its toll on Americans, killing 115 every day, many are starting to ask the tough questions of how it got this bad. In many cases, drugs that were originally intended only for treating severe pain have become go-to treatments for mild and chronic pain, such as back pain. Subsys, a fentanyl under-the-tongue spray, is among the worst offenders.


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