“Dopesick” Documents How Americans Became Addicted To OxyContin Via Purdue Pharma
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A new miniseries released by Hulu on October 13, 2021, “Dopesick”, is a docudrama starring Michael Keaton, documenting America’s struggle with OxyContin. It is really worth the binge or few hours per day to reach a better understanding of how Americans became addicted to OxyContin via the Purdue Pharma. For more details about “Dopesick”, please refer to the excerpt from wikipeida, in italics, below:
Dopesick focuses on “the epicenter of America’s struggle with opioid addiction” across the U.S., and specifically the drug OxyContin.
Dopesick is an American drama miniseries created by Danny Strong based on the nonfiction book Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy. The first three episodes of the eight-episode series were released on October 13, 2021, on Hulu.
From Executive Producer Danny Strong and starring and executive produced by Michael Keaton, “Dopesick” examines how one company triggered the worst drug epidemic in American history. The series takes viewers to the epicenter of America’s struggle with opioid addiction, from the boardrooms of Big Pharma, to a distressed Virginia mining community, to the hallways of the DEA. Watch Dopesick Oct 13, only on Hulu, in the video published on Sep 15, 2021, “Dopesick Official Trailer | Hulu“, below:
In the video published on Aug 6, 2021, “DOPESICK Official Teaser Trailer (2021)“, below:
In the video published on Sep 15, 2021, “DOPESICK Official Trailer (2021)“, below:
Michael Keaton describes the real life actions of the Purdue Pharma executives depicted in “Dopesick,” the Hulu limited series he stars in and executive produced, in the video published on Oct 6, 2021, “Michael Keaton On The Villainous Pharma Execs Portrayed In “Dopesick”“, below:
To better understand the Purdue Pharma, please refer to the excerpt from wikipedia, in italics, below:
Purdue Pharma L.P. was an American privately held pharmaceutical company founded by John Purdue Gray. It was owned principally by members of the Sackler family as descendants of Mortimer and Raymond Sackler. In 2007, it paid out one of the largest fines ever levied against a pharmaceutical firm for mislabeling of its product OxyContin, and three executives were found guilty of criminal charges. Although the company shifted its focus to abuse-deterrent formulations, Purdue continued to market and sell opioids as late as 2019 and continued to be involved in lawsuits around the opioid epidemic in the United States. Purdue filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on September 15, 2019 in New York.
On October 21, 2020, it was reported that Purdue had reached a settlement potentially worth $8.3 billion, admitting that it “knowingly and intentionally conspired and agreed with others to aid and abet” doctors dispensing medication “without a legitimate medical purpose.” Members of the Sackler family will additionally pay $225 million and the company will close. Some state attorneys general protested the plan.
In March 2021, the United States House of Representatives introduced a bill that would stop the bankruptcy judge in the case from granting members of the Sackler family legal immunity during the bankruptcy proceedings.
A federal bankruptcy judge gave conditional approval to a settlement involving Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin. The company is blamed for helping fuel the opioid crisis. Anna Werner has more on the backlash, in the video published on Sep. 1, 2021, “Purdue Pharma’s opioid settlement sparks backlash“, below:
15 states reached a deal with Purdue Pharma, the makers of oxycontin, that could pave the way for a possible $4.5 billion settlement for thousands of opioid cases. NBC News’ Danny Cevallos explains the deal, in the video published on July 8, 2021, “15 States Reach Settlement With Purdue Pharma Over Opioid Addiction Crisis“, below:
Patrick Radden Keefe, New Yorker staff writer and author of ‘Empire of Pain,’ joins ‘Power Lunch’ to discuss the Purdue Pharma settlement, in the video published on July 15, 2021, “Does Purdue Pharma’s punishment fit the crime? ‘Empire of Pain’ author discusses“, below:
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