It’s a fair question.
epidemic in which Purdue Pharmaceutical was a major force, if not the driving
family owns it. The family fortune is estimated at $13 billion.
ever levied against a pharmaceutical firm for mislabeling its product
OxyContin, and three executives were found guilty of criminal charges.
joined Purdue Pharma L.P. in 1999 and was chief medical
officer and as vice president of R&D innovation, clinical and medical
affairs. By 2018, eight members of the Sackler family were listed to be
active or former members of the Board of Directors. By early 2019, the Sacklers
had left the Purdue Pharma board, leaving none on the panel. Steve Miller
became chairman in July 2018, with a current board left of five members.
Purdue’s sole business is pain-relief
medicines. That’s all they do and that’s the sole source of the
Sackler family fortune. They knew (or had reason to know) that OxyContin was addictive
as early as 2007 and caused deaths from mis-use and over-use. Yet they
continued to flog it.
the Sacklers fled the Board for safer climes.
newly appointed CEO had been chief medical officer and vice president of
R&D innovation, clinical and medical affairs. No such executive could
possibly be unaware of what was going on and yet they continued to flog.
a difference, Mafia kingpins go to jail.
Purdue and the Sacklers are in negotiation with a tentative deal with 22
state attorneys general and more than 2,000 cities and counties. Those negotiations
are foundering at the moment because the Sacklers are refusing to kick their
personal fortunes into the settlement.
no threat of life in prison. That was never on the table.
The settlement was said to return the most fair and
equitable money-recovery to the injured public, eliminating long and
costly legal pursuits.
friends of the dead would trade a few bucks for their losses. Fair and
equitable for those who willingly and profitably murder their fellow
citizens is life in prison.
Was it murder? That’s defined as ‘the unlawful premeditated killing
of one human being by another.’
those charges must be brought and taken to their logical conclusion.
The fact that such a move has not
been taken is simply one more occasion where money replaces justice. The
ordinary Joe on the street is not blind to the fact that our prisons are chock full
of minor drug dealers serving life terms for peddling far fewer and far less