Navigation Links
US Drugmaker Slapped Huge Fine for Misleading Doctors Over Addictive Painkiller

After four years of unrelenting pursuit by the Food and Drug Administration, the Purdue pharma of the US gave in, admitting it had made false claims about their popular painkiller Oxycontin.

They have agreed to pay up $634.5 millions for making false claims about the drug to boost sales and also pleaded guilty to charges of playing down Oxycontins addictive and euphoric properties.

Purdue pleaded guilty to a felony count of misbranding a drug with intent to defraud and mislead.

Under the agreement, it will pay a $600 million settlement, including a criminal fine, restitution to government agencies, and more than $276 million in forfeiture. In a separate civil settlement, Purdue will pay $100.6 million.

According to an investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)s Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI), the drug company trained its sales force to represent OxyContin as a drug that did not cause euphoria and was less addictive than immediate-release opiates; and allowed healthcare providers to have the mistaken notion that OxyContin was less addictive than morphine.

Over the last few years there have been instances of hundreds of overdose deaths linked to OxyContin's main ingredient oxycodone. The drug was marketed as a miracle pain reliever; less addictive and less subject to abuse than similar medications. However, it was later found that its contents could be highly addictive and even fatal.

Purdue Pharma also made false representations about the difficulty of extracting oxycodone, the active ingredient, from the OxyContin tablet, and labeled the drug as providing fewer peaks and valleys than with immediate-release oxycodone, the OCI said.

U.S. Attorney John Brownlee said, "With its OxyContin, Purdue unleashed a highly abusable, addictive, and potentially dangerous drug on an unsuspecting and unknowing public."

"For these misrepresentations and crimes, Purdue a nd its executives have been brought to justice."

OxyContin is a trade name for oxycodone, and is a time-release painkiller that can be highly addictive. In that variety the ingredients are released over a period of time for sustained effect.

The drug is meant to be swallowed whole and digested over 12 hours. It was later found that the pills can produce a heroin-like high if crushed and then swallowed, snorted or injected.

According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the number of deaths linked to the use of OxyContin jumped 400 percent between 1996 and 2001. Still, in 2001, Purdue executives testified they had just become aware that the drug was being abused.

In its statement, Purdue Pharma said it accepted responsibility for false statements made about the drug's risks of addiction, abuse, withdrawal and tolerance six years ago, but added, "during the past six years, we have implemented changes to our internal training, compliance and monitoring systems that seek to assure that similar events do not occur again."

Generic firms, including Teva and Endo, had sold generic versions of Oxycontin, but have since stopped making the products and are not accused of any wrongdoing in connection with promoting their products, reports said.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Misleading anti-malarial drug
2. Misleading Advertisements for Prescription Drugs
3. The Effects Of Smoking Misleading
4. Lifting The Screen off Misleading Sunscreen labels
5. Misleading Health Claims On Food Labels No Longer Allowed in EU
6. Walkers Crisps Advertisements make Misleading Claims about Salt Content
7. Medical Council Of India Draws Public Attention on Misleading Ads.
8. Obesity Drug Advertisements Misleading Teens
9. Labeling of Dairy Products with Trans fat labels, Misleading to Consumers
10. WHO Condemns Tobacco Industry for Misleading Public
11. Cancer Doctors Okays Controversial Prostate Therapy
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/26/2016)... Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2016 ... ... transplantation, and one that has a significant negative impact on long-term patient survival, ... to date. The results, published online this week in the Journal of Thoracic ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... ... solutions for drugs, biologics, consumer health and global clinical supply services, today announced ... to support the company’s continued investment and strategic growth plans in the Asia ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... In an effort to provide hair restoration information to the ... users and those who do not use the app. Dr. Mohebi, the founder of Parsa ... Dr. Mohebi Live . , Dr. Mohebi says, “The positive response to the Snapchat ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... 26, 2016 , ... Eating Recovery Center, Washington ... a brand new child and adolescent residential treatment center on June 1. The ... more specialized eating disorder treatment and access to life-saving care. , To celebrate, ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Nike Yoga Camps at ... daily practices, arts & crafts, discussions, and games all geared towards enhancing your ... have combined backgrounds in kids’ yoga, collegiate sport yoga instruction, and global yoga ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/26/2016)... TARE (Transarterial Radio-embolization) Using ... and Overall Decreased Use of Hospital Resource ... specialist healthcare company, has today announced the publication ... of ISPOR (International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes ... using yttrium-90 glass microspheres is associated with cost ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... , May 26, 2016 Since ... matured into an essential life science tool for conducting ... applications. BCC Research reveals in its new report that ... growth phase, one powered by a range of new ...      (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140723/694805 ) , ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... May 25, 2016 According to ... Type (3D, 2D, 4D), by Therapeutic Area (Oncology, Cosmeceutical/Plastic ... User (Medical Device Manufacturers, Hospitals/ Clinics) - Forecast to ... Medical Animation Market for the forecast period of 2016 ... 301.3 Million by 2021 from USD 117.3 Million in ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: