Purdue Admitted Lying But Wants Us To Trust Them Now

Purdue Admitted Lying But Wants Us To Trust Them Now


In history, few people are considered as evil as Adolf Hitler. In Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler stated, "The size of the lie is a definite factor in causing it to be believed, for the vast masses of the nation are in the depths of their hearts more easily deceived than they are consciously and intentionally bad. The primitive simplicity of their minds renders them a more easy prey to a big lie than a small one, for they themselves often tell little lies but would be ashamed to tell a big one." His psychotic behavior led to the deaths of tens of millions.

Of course, if anyone had read Mein Kampf, his autobiography written in 1925, they would have known that this was a man who believed in lying to achieve his ends. Historians believe that when Hitler first started his aggressive behavior, a defiant response from England and France would have quickly led to his removal by the German military. The war could have been avoided if people understood that his assurances that he didn't want a war were simply lies and stopped him before he could lead the world to the disaster of World War II. Instead, when confronted with the clear evidence about an earlier lie, Hitler would say something like, "Yes, I was lying then but I am not lying now." Why did most of the leaders of England and France believe him? One of mankind's biggest problems is that most of us can't understand evil and evil behavior and almost none of us really want to confront the nightmare that is evil.

This is what Hitler counted on. This is what Purdue and some of the other drug companies are counting on now. The idea that anyone would knowingly market drugs that ruin the health of people or even take their lives, all in the name of profit, is just too evil for most of us to confront.


Purdue Pharma manufactures and distributes OxyContin. Purdue is the same company whose top three executives pled guilty to lying about the addictive qualities of OxyContin in 2007. Doctors accepted this false information and began widely prescribing Purdue's form of legal heroin because "it was less addictive" than other similar drugs and told patients it was not really addictive. Purdue was making lots of money--even though many were harmed by their deliberate false statements. Pure evil? Yes. As we discussed in our newsletter, Different Justice For A Drug Dealer, the U.S. Attorney allowed Purdue Pharma to not plead guilty to a felony. Had they been forced to plead guilty, OxyContin would have been off the market and thousands of lives would have been saved.


In a patent infringement case with Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc., U.S. District Judge Sidney H. Stein ruled that Purdue made false claims about OxyContin to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Judge Stein felt that these misrepresentations were so serious that they invalidated Purdue's patent on OxyContin. After first agreeing with Judge Stein, the federal appeals court later decided that the punishment was too extreme, but it did not change the fact that Purdue misrepresented the truth (lied) in their patent application.


Purdue, like other drug companies caught putting profits ahead of patient care, points to the FDA definition of "safe"--a drug that does slightly more good than harm. In some cases, if the alternative is death, taking a devastating drug treatment like chemotherapy is justified. People know the risks and use their freedom of choice to take the drug-but they know the risks. When you know that your drug is creating severe health problems and even causing deaths, but choose not to take steps to effectively address this problem because it will reduce your profits-that is pure evil.


Five years ago there were nearly 500,000 pages on Google when you entered OxyContin and snorting. Now there are nearly 600,000 pages. When you type in OxyContin and heroin, there are over 600,000 pages. When you type in OxyContin and robbery, there are nearly 70,000 pages. Most disturbing is if you type in OxyContin and death. Google finds 966,000 pages. Almost all of our younger patients at Novus Medical Detox Center tell us that they have numerous friends that have died from opioid overdoses. When I speak to high school classes about the dangers of prescription drugs, I often am approached by a student who tells me of a friend who died from taking one of these dangerous narcotics. The drug most mentioned as the cause of death or the addiction that resulted in death-OxyContin.


In 2002, both the FDA and Purdue issued press releases stating that they knew of the abuse of OxyContin. It is interesting that Dr. Paul Goldenheim, the medical director of Purdue, was quoted as to how the company was working on a way to make their drug more resistant to tampering. Do we believe him? Dr. Goldenheim is one of the three Purdue executives who pled guilty to a felony in 2007 of lying about OxyContin. It is now 2009 and even though other companies have included antagonists like naloxone in their drugs to make them more tamper-proof and have been doing so since 2001, Purdue still hasn't done this. Is it because they can't with all their millions of dollars, or is it because they don't want to do it? Is it because they really can't find a way or is it because they continue to make money from the sales of the diverted drugs?


On February 24, 2009, the FDA has scheduled a Joint Meeting of the Anesthetic and Life Support Drugs Advisory Committee and the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee. The notice of the meeting states, "The committees will discuss new drug application (NDA) 22-272, OXYCONTIN (oxycodone hydrochloride controlled-release) Tablets, Purdue Pharma L.P., and its safety for the proposed indication of management of moderate to severe pain when a continuous, around-the-clock analgesic is needed for an extended period of time. This formulation was previously reviewed and discussed by these committees on May 5, 2008, and will be considered again in light of new data."


Todd Zwillich wrote an article published by WebMD Health News on May 6, 2008, about the 2008 hearing and quoted some of the participants on the advisory panel. Lewis Nelson, MD, is the director of the medical toxicology program at New York University School of Medicine. He was concerned that the product could present doctors and regulators with a "false sense of security" that oxycodone is now safe, despite the fact that most overdoses follow the drug being swallowed orally. He said, "This new product doesn't bring any solution to the vast majority of deaths that occur with this product." Jeffrey R. Kirsch, MD, is a professor of anesthesiology from Oregon Health and Science University. He said he was "fascinated" with the "poor scientific rigor" of Purdue Pharma's claims that the new OxyContin was truly tamper-resistant. "Almost to the point of being insulting," he said. Ruth S. Day, PhD, a panelist from Duke University, said, "The data presentation I would not allow in an honors undergraduate thesis to go forward." The "new data" to be submitted by Purdue is not available for review by the public but the comments by panel members who reviewed Purdue's 2008 application to the FDA are revealing and probably predict what Purdue will do this time-make unsubstantiated claims that are, at best, half-truths. As the Jewish proverb states, "A half-truth is a whole lie."


If you are asking Purdue, they will say that they just make the drug and the people who die from their form of heroin are abusers anyway. But if you ask someone who lost a child or a spouse or a friend to Purdue's legal heroin, often not from abusing the drug but taking it as intended, their answer will be loud and clear--a life is not worth the billions in Purdue's profits. They believe that they have been given a life sentence of grief because they will always wonder what they could have done differently that would have prevented the death.


Pete Jackson, the author of last week's newsletter, Larry Golbom, host of Prescription Addiction Radio, activists Ed Vanicky and Sandra Kessler will testify at this hearing as representatives of Advocates for Prescription Opioid Drug Reform (APODR) and as representatives for the tens of thousands who have lost loved ones to this terrible drug that must be banned. At the hearing, we will be reminding the FDA that:

  • Purdue lied before and asking why they should be trusted now.
  • If Purdue was really serious about preventing their drug from being interchangeable with heroin, they could have added another drug to counteract the strong effects of the opioid. This is done for Suboxone and Embeda, a new opioid approved by the FDA.
  • A life is worth more than the profits of Purdue.
  • Far more deaths and serious complications come from taking the legal heroin pills as prescribed than from crushing them and either snorting or injecting them.
  • OxyContin should be banned.
At Novus Medical Detox Center, we specialize in helping people find a cure to the problems caused by drugs and alcohol. People come to us for a safe and more comfortable:
  • OxyContin detox;
  • Vicodin detox;
  • Oxycodone detox;
  • Methadone detox;
  • Heroin detox;
  • Hydrocodone detox;
  • Alcohol detox;
  • Paxil and Zoloft detox;
  • Detox from other unwanted drugs

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