Insys Accused of Bribing Doctors to Prescribe Opioids
The U.S. Department of Justice, along with six states, has brought whistleblower litigation against Insys Therapeutics, the maker of Fentanyl-based drug Subsys. The filing alleges that Insys paid doctors kickbacks for prescribing the company’s opioid medications to patients.
Subsys is an under-the-tongue spray, which is approved for pain management in cancer patients who are already receiving opioid therapy. However, one former sales representative involved in the litigation claims that doctors prescribed the strong drug for off-label uses, such as back pain. Additionally, the government has accused Insys of offering “sham” speaking fees and extravagant meals to entice doctors to prescribe Subsys.
Insys Executives Face Criminal Charges
Insys currently faces a criminal investigation into its practices, including the marketing of Subsys and the actions of former executives and sales representatives. Federal prosecutors have accused Insys founder John Kapoor and other Insys employees of scheming to bribe doctors and defraud insurers.
“Our nation faces a deadly opioid crisis. Companies that have pushed these drugs for their own financial gain, while disregarding federal law and the wellbeing of patients, must be held accountable for their reckless actions,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.
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