Insys Therapeutics - DANGEROUS Company for Patients

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NBC news has a Sunday night news program running opposite of 60 Minutes with Megan Kelly, formerly of Fox News. On June 4th, 2017, they covered Insys Therapeutics, a company that has a single product. Spray dose of Fentanyl. It's called SUBSYS. You spray it under the tongue for pain relief, and they were also defrauding insurance companies to pay up to $3000.00 for the med. They did this by contacting insurances, saying they were calling from the doctor's office, telling insurance the patient needed this drug, lying about why, so the insurance would cover the cost of the medication.

They interviewed a former employee who used to do this, and was encouraged by her boss to do "whatever it takes" to get the med covered, the more doses they sold, the more $ they made.

Unfortunately, some patients died from overdosing, because their unscrupulous doctors kept increasing their dose and some doctors were arrested for this.

Link:[filtered word]-epidemic/dangerously-addictive-painkiller-prescribed-patients-who-shouldn-t-have-received-n767311

In my opinion, this was a very interesting news story, because it plays right into the opiate epidemic happening in this country. There are so many different aspects to this problem, it can't be covered in a single post. This company has a single product. The CEO is apparently untouchable.

It's big news, patients died and physicians were in on it.The patients were not at fault in it, unless some got addicted and/or started selling their meds. I think it's horrible that a drug company would commit fraud and have no concern for their customers (patients), and the doctors have no concern for their patients regarding dosage. Fentanyl is a very strong/ powerful medication and is nothing to be fooled around with. It is easy to stop breathing, and if you're sleeping when this happens, you'll be gone.

I wanted to post this as part of a larger overall discussion about the "opiate epidemic". The doctor's point of view, the patient's point of view and the government's point. I'd like to start different posts to talk about it.


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I remember reading this

I remember reading this article when it first surfaced, and I was left scratching my head. What I can recall about this drug was that out of all the prescriptions that were written for it, a small handfull of doctors made up nearly 95% of all prescriptions written. It was being used in non-cancer related pain, and even sometimes as a first line adjuvant medication. The drug company held "informational meetings" that turned out to be nothing more than a paid vacation for the drs who prescribed it.