Former president of pharmaceutical Purdue Pharma, ‘the Pablo Escobar of the new millennium’?


A friend warned the former president of pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma that the addictive nature of the powerful opioid pain killer, OxyContin, could make him the next Pablo Escobar, according to recent testimony.

The testimony, which took place in March and is part of a multidistrict litigation, targeted Richard Sackler for several aspects of the company’s operation, from the commercialization of the drug to its interaction with the sales team. The testimony showed that Sackler, who said his memory suffered from brain injuries from a stroke, sometimes said he could not remember the facts.

In other questions, he defended the company, saying they did what they could at the time the medicine was marketed.

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