Insys Founder Arrested for Conspiring to Bribe Doctors

Police have arrested John Kapoor, the billionaire founder of Insys Therapeutics Inc., on charges of participating in a scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe his company’s fentanyl-based cancer drug, Subsys. Kapoor is accused of conspiring to commit racketeering, mail fraud and wire fraud. However, Kapoor’s lawyer says his client is innocent and plans to fight the charges.

Other defendants in the suit include Insys former vice presidents Alec Burlakoff and Michael Gurry, former national sales director Richard Simon, and former regional sales directors Sunrise Lee and Joseph Rowan. They have all pleaded not guilty to the charges.

What is Subsys?

Subsys is an under-the-tongue spray containing fentanyl. The drug is intended to treat pain in cancer patients. Fentanyl is a strong, highly addictive opioid. According to prosecutors, Kapoor and the other defendants devised a plan to bribe doctors to prescribe Subsys to their patients. Additionally, they claim the defendants tried to defraud insurers into paying for Subsys when it was prescribed to non-cancer patients.

According to acting U.S. Attorney William Weinreb, the charges reflect the administration’s commitment to combat the opioid epidemic. Opioids took more than 33,000 lives in 2015.

“Opioid addiction has soared in recent years, creating a severe public health crisis. Drug companies need to be on the front lines helping to combat this problem, not making it worse,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

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