August 11, 2013

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1 OxyContin Keeps Database of Suspect Docs

Over the past decade, Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, has compiled a database of doctors suspected of prescribing the drug to dealers and addicts - but has yet to turn the list over to authorities. As deaths from prescription drugs rise, the database could provide leads for law enforcers in their crackdown on illicit prescriptions. Purdue has promoted the idea that many prescription drug deaths are due to theft, doctor-shopping patients and teens raiding home medicine chests. A Purdue attorney said the company did in fact alert authorities to about 8% of the names on the database - but this information could not be verified. Mitchell Katz, LA County Department of Health Services, said Purdue has an “ethical obligation” to report all the doctors on the list, not just a select few.

More at Www.latimes.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Drug Overdose Deaths Continue to Rise

Tags: Oxycontin, Purdue Pharma, Database of Suspicious Doctors, Mitchell Katz, Los Angeles County Department of Health, Big Pharma Ethical Obligation

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