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This story is so sordid, I couldn't find the words to express a proper write up. :vomit:
BOSTON – A former exotic dancer was hired as a regional sales manager at a drug company despite her lack of pharmaceutical experience because executives believed she could help carry out the company's plan to bribe doctors into prescribing its powerful painkiller, a former executive told jurors on Friday.

Alec Burlakoff, onetime vice president of sales at Insys Therapeutics Inc., said he met Sunrise Lee at the strip club where she worked and recruited her because he thought she would have the "ability and the willingness and the desire to talk to physicians and speak with them about the quid pro quo."
The judge has prohibited attorneys on both sides of the case from talking to the media.

Burlakoff is one of the government's key witnesses in the trial against Insys founder John Kapoor , Lee and three other former executives of the Chandler, Arizona-based company. They are accused of scheming to pay doctors bribes in the form of fees for sham speaking events in exchange for prescriptions of Subsys, a fentanyl spray meant for cancer patients with severe pain.
A former employee told jurors in January that she watched Lee give a lap dance at a Chicago nightclub to a doctor that the company was pushing to prescribe the drug.

Last month, jurors watched a rap video made to encourage employees to talk doctors into prescribing higher doses of the drug. In the video, sales representatives danced around a giant bottle of the highly addictive fentanyl spray and rapped about titration, the process of increasing the strength of a patient's prescription until it reaches the adequate level.

At the end of the video, it's revealed that Burlakoff was wearing the fentanyl spray costume.

Burlakoff told jurors Friday that Insys employees were clear with physicians about their expectations for prescriptions in exchange for speaker fees. A doctor who didn't have any ethical problems with it and agreed to the deal was called a "whale," he said.
More at the link:

https://www.foxnews.com/us/witness-drug-company-hired-ex-stripper-to-increase-sales

Thanks to @ghosttruck for this article!
 

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Craygor

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.... [Insys Therapeutics] founder John Kapoor ... accused of scheming to pay doctors bribes in the form of fees for sham speaking events in exchange for prescriptions of Subsys, a fentanyl spray meant for cancer patients with severe pain.
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John "I'm not just your ordinary white collar, big pharma, criminal exec, I'm also an Indian" Kapoor

To tell the truth, I expected him to be your 'run of the mill', high powered, Ivy league educated, money hungry, morally bankrupt, Caucasian, but hey, I believe in affirmative action, so why the hell the not an Indian? Though, for a man worth $1.9 billion, I do expect him to dress better.
 
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LFODBiker

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If you think this guy/company is low/bad. Wait until you read about the Sackler family of Purdue infamy.



If you haven't heard about this case before, prepare to get enraged.
 

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Old Man Metal

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Last month, jurors watched a rap video made to encourage employees to talk doctors into prescribing higher doses of the drug. In the video, sales representatives danced around a giant bottle of the highly addictive fentanyl spray and rapped about titration, the process of increasing the strength of a patient's prescription until it reaches the adequate level.
Yeah, you can't make this shit up. Poison-slinging scumfucks, the lot of them.

ETA: Welcome to the Front Page, fuckos.
 
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Siobhan

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If you think this guy/company is low/bad. Wait until you read about the Sackler family of Purdue infamy.



If you haven't heard about this case before, prepare to get enraged.
I've read those too @LFODBiker , and they absolutely disgust me, especially as a chronic/acute pain patient for decades. I thank heavens that my GP oversees my pain issues, and will not prescribe oxy's or fentanyl under any circumstances - if a patient's pain needs are so severe that they may require something stronger or a procedure, he refers them to a neurologist or (in cases with cancer) their oncologists, but seldom does he send anyone to a "pain specialist" aka anesthesiologist unless it's for intra-joint/epidural cortisone injections.
I've seen too many people I know fall victim to the "pill mill" prescribing "doctors", and fall into the throes of addiction, which only complicates the system and makes it so much harder for those who are suffering from genuine pain issues to get the low grade prescription opioids to hep them lead a more normal/better quality life.

Yeah, you can't make this shit up. Poison-slinging scumfucks, the lot of them.

ETA: Welcome to the Front Page, fuckos.
All of this, and fuck them all, their day to pay the price of personal freedom will eventually arrive.
 

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AngryLittleMexican

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+10 Points for 'thinking outside of the box'
-34473934 Points for 'doing things legally and ethically'
 
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Satanica

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When I first got tendonitis I told the doc that all the meds he wanted to give me made me sick as a dog and didn't help my pain at all. I suggested we try Fiorinal which is Aspirin, butalbital, and caffeine. I had taken it a number of years prior for headaches and realized it was also helpful for other pain as well. He refused to give it to me. I guess he wouldn't get that kick back if he didn't prescribe opoids. Here I was suggesting he prescribe a drug that he had prescribed for me in the past that I knew was not addictive (potentially habit forming but not addictive) and that didn't make me want to hurl. It would've also perked up my attitude and demeanor during this extremely painful period in my life. I had taken the damned things for years, literally years, on end without side effects or an addiction. I was so fucking angry. I shouldn't have had to suffer and, make no mistake, it was some exquisite suffering that wouldn't wish on anyone. In fact, I'm still dealing with it 10 years later although, thankfully, the pain that I have now is not constant and is bearable.
 

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