Purdue Pharma cuts sales in half

Purdue Pharma cuts sales in half

The U.S. Attorney's Office in CT is also investigating the company.

The investigation by Missouri's Sen.

Purdue has also developed Hysingla, another opioid that lasts longer than its predecessor. It logs another $1.6 million in payments to doctors affiliated with these groups between 2013 and the present.

The report did not include some of the largest and most politically active manufacturers of the drugs.

While Purdue said they now want to be part of the solution, and denies any wrongdoing, sources tell CBS News that Purdue was already wearing out its welcome in doctor's offices, and had moved on to targeting insurance companies and other parts of the health care system to drive sales of OxyContin.

Owner of Logan Primary Pharmacy in Herrin, Ben Calcaterra, said this is a good thing because he believes doctors shouldn't be influenced by marketing techniques and only prescribe patients the medication they need. Moving forward, any requests for information will be handled by Purdue's medical affairs team, the company said.

Fourteen nonprofit groups, mostly representing pain patients and specialists, received almost $9 million from the drugmakers, according to investigators. Data from the CDC in 2016 says that opioids were the cause of 42,000 overdose deaths during that year, reports Business Insider. The senator plans to introduce legislation requiring increased disclosure about the financial relationships between drugmakers and certain advocacy groups.

Dr. Ivan Montalvo is a pain management doctor in Watertown. He said he doesn't take Purdue's motivations at face value.

This is the second report on opioids from McCaskill, the ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

A wave of lawsuits accused the companies of pushing the drugs, which patients became addicted to and then turned to other opioids like heroin.

USA deaths linked to opioids have quadrupled since 2000 to roughly 42,000 in 2016.

Even though Purdue Pharma is going to stop marketing opioids to medical professionals, they are still going to manufacture and sell their pain-killers to pharmacies.

Purdue agreed to may over $630 million after pleading guilty in 2007 to misrepresenting how addictive OxyContin can be. Now there are only 200 sales representatives for the company, who are now going to be focusing on non-opioid prescriptions.

A company spokesman declined to comment. Along with its pullback from opioid marketing, it launched an ad campaign at the end of past year that involved taking out full-page ads in national newspapers promoting its efforts to address the opioid epidemic. While the groups aren't required to disclose their donors publicly, McCaskill said that should be changed. The report names Purdue Pharma, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Mylan, Depomed and Insys Therapeutics.

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