Billionaire Pharma Mogul Charged In Opioid Scam

Bloomberg reports:

Insys Therapeutics Inc. founder John Kapoor is accused of helping fuel the U.S. opioid epidemic by bribing doctors to prescribe a powerful form of fentanyl to patients who didn’t need the potent drug. Kapoor, 74, was arrested Thursday in Arizona and charged with racketeering conspiracy and other felonies. He’s scheduled to appear in a Phoenix court later in the day.

Kapoor and other former Insys executives are also accused of defrauding insurance companies that were reluctant to approve payments for the drug by improperly getting prior authorization directly from the insurers and pharmacy benefit managers, Acting U.S. Attorney William Weinreb in Boston said in a press release.

The Insys executives are accused of bribing doctors to prescribe Subsys, a fentanyl-based spray designed to combat cancer-sufferers’ pain, to people who didn’t have cancer. Kapoor is also the chairman and largest shareholder of Akorn Inc., which has been acquired by German health-care provider Fresenius SE for $4.3 billion in April.

  • Jonathan Smith

    and long may you rot in hell.

  • In other words: Much of this opioid epidemic was deliberately engineered.

    I knew we’d crossed a Rubicon when we began seeing commercials on TV selling drugs to deal with opioid-caused severe constipation.

    • Jonathan Smith

      well, as the only country in the world who allows drug commercials, ……

      • HZ81

        Really? Wow. thank you. Never knew.

      • Joe in PA

        Wow, I didn’t know that. Yay ‘Murica! No damn job-killing regulations!

      • CanuckDon

        And New Zealand…but that’s all.

      • Paula

        I never knew about my Restless Leg Syndrome, Pseudobulbar Affect., Circadian Dysrhythmia, or Statin Deficiency until I started seeing these commercials on TV.
        WOW, at least I didn’t have to worry about Low T!!!!

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          You should get it checked 🙂

        • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

          Paula. Don’t take this wrong but, I’d be shocked if you ever had to deal with low-testosterone levels. And it ain’t because you’re a woman either. 😀

          • Paula

            I watching you. Now, excuse me while I go bench press my car a dozen times. ;- P

        • Circ09

          Or that every drug apparently can cause “anal leakage”. I laugh at all the disclaimers and potential side-effects listed quickly at the end of those commercials

          • Snarkaholic

            I’m surprised they don’t present that as a positive feature…
            …it will get you an early out from work!

          • Paula

            Or when they list death as a side effect. I would say that is a pretty major side effect.

        • netman extraordinaire

          Don’t forget about the ever popular “bloody or black stools”. Urp.

          • thatotherjean

            Seriously, you don’t want that. Internal bleeding is never a good thing.

        • fahvel

          but high 5 can fracture bones in the old and lonely – so just smile.

      • Joe

        Was just speaking with a Brit from our company that was absolutely floored by that when he was in America last week.

      • David Walker

        We were also very, incredibly late in being among the countries showing commercials for condoms and lube…and then only on cable channels.

    • HZ81

      When I heard “have you had your Movantik moment?” I laughed through my tears.

      • Jonathan Smith

        holy…….don’t crap….
        “MOVANTIK may cause serious side effects, including:
        Opioid withdrawal. You may have symptoms of opioid withdrawal during treatment with MOVANTIK, including sweating, chills, diarrhea, stomach pain, anxiety, irritability, and yawning. Patients taking methadone to treat their pain may be more likely to experience stomach pain and diarrhea. Tell your doctor if you have any of these symptoms
        Severe Stomach Pain and/or Diarrhea. This can happen within a few days of starting MOVANTIK and can lead to hospitalization. If either of these side effects occurs, stop taking MOVANTIK and call your doctor immediately
        Tear in your stomach or intestinal wall (perforation). Stomach pain that is severe can be a sign of a serious medical condition. If you get stomach pain that gets worse or does not go away, stop taking MOVANTIK and get emergency medical help right away
        Do not take MOVANTIK if you:
        Have a bowel blockage (intestinal obstruction) or have a history of bowel blockage
        Are allergic to MOVANTIK or any of the ingredients in MOVANTIK”

        • Yeah, tell me about it. Drugs to deal with the drugs people are addicted to, either of which has the potential to kill them.

          • William

            It all makes me want to juggle butcher knives.

          • Tawreos

            It is probably safer to do so.

          • William

            You haven’t seen me juggle.

          • Grumpy Old Man
          • William

            Somebody would get hurt.

          • netxtown

            I always found it ironic that one of the warnings for a rescue inhaler for asthma is that it can cause a severe asthma attack possibly resulting in death. WTF? Gimme another hit!

          • Joe

            My favorite side effects ever were for some RLS drug that could cause “compulsive gambling or unusual sexual desires”… just wow.

          • Bad Tom

            Lemme tell ya, when you are in an asthma attack, YOU WANT THAT INHALER.
            ———
            And the doc says, “Don’t use it too much, or it won’t work when you need it!”
            —–
            Shit doc, when I start taking off my clothes because I’m not getting enough air, I NEED IT!!!

          • thatotherjean

            When you can’t breathe, you’re willing to risk death, if it will help enough so that you can. After all, you’re going to die anyway if you can’t get some air, fast. So far, after daily use of an inhaler for most of my life, I’m still here.

        • bkmn

          Movantik is basically the same drug they use to treat opioid overdoses with some very minor changes so they can repatent it.

        • HZ81

          Miracle cure!!!

          I would prescribe a large Dunkin coffee and a Marlboro Light. Takes care of my problems in a jiff.

        • The_Wretched

          And how the hell does any consumer have a clue what ingredients are in a pill?

        • kelven

          As a friend of mine once said, they are not side effects they are additional effects. If they are common enough to be listed, they are part of the effect the drug is producing. You don’t say carrots are a side effect of stew just because you don’t get one in every bite.

    • William
      • Lazycrockett

        “How long have you been keeping that in?”

        • greenmanTN

          It’s been in there so long it’s got hieroglyphics on it!

      • Bryan

        Really rocking the s/p stubble…

    • kareemachan

      And diarrhea. Seems to me that it is the same drug supposedly used for both symptoms….

    • Tawreos

      We crossed it when they started the commercials in the first place. Doctors should tell the patient what they should take, not the other way around.

      • Todd20036

        I have one counter example. My mother saw a commercial for eye drops Retastis that might have helped me. My eye doctor agreed it could help

        Since using it, my eyes stopped having severely infected tear ducts, which plagued me monthly

        Just saying

    • fuzzybits

      A pill is so much easier to take. It takes effort to down that bowl of oatmeal.

      • stuckinthewoods

        There are different opioid receptors, some are in the gut. A classic test for opioids used to be their inhibitory effect on contractility of a strip of guinea pig ileum (ran too many labs for med students). Opioids inhibit peristalsis, so while it seems more bulk would give the intestines something to work with, the muscle isn’t contracting. This drug inhibits the gut muscle opioid receptor not the pain one.

        • fuzzybits

          I just know hubby has had to take pain meds for years and never has a problem.

          • stuckinthewoods

            good; best wishes for hubby’s long-term pain

          • fuzzybits

            Thanks. It’s been a long journey.

    • I never heard of that but then I haven’t watched broadcast tv in several years.

      • William
        • Gustav2

          I haven’t seen as many ads lately, but I have been DVRing Rachel, etc. so I can FWD when it gets too depressing.

    • Gustav2

      Yup. The Lt Gov of Ohio’s kid became addicted when he was prescribed pain killers when he had his molars removed.

      edit: they are not poor by any Ohio standard.

    • Tulle Christensen

      Well it is easy selling to an addict, they will lie, cheat and steal to get the cash to by their drugs, and if they can’t get prescriptions anymore they will switch to heroin. I know because a good friend of mine OD on heroin because his doctor stopped giving him prescriptions

      • netxtown

        A nephew turned to getting opioids from his Vet for his dog – which is a breeze. Pretty much ZERO controls.

      • The Milkman

        My brother in law died of a heroin overdose two months ago through the exact same process. I had back surgery yesterday and am on the oxy/Valium cocktail and am sooo careful as a result. It’s a slippery slope to be sure, but when you need it you need it

    • The_Wretched

      The maker of oxy always sold stool softeners and were gleeful to get an opiod to sell – since it meant they’d be able to see more stool softeners.

    • John30013

      The guy in that commercial is kinda hot, though….

      • Also, there’s no way in hell he’s holding down a job like that if he’s hooked enough on opioids for his bowels to stop working.

        • The_Wretched

          A close friend of mine is on methadone and she doesn’t have normal bowel motility. It’s a real issue.

          • marachne

            Opioids slow gut motility – it doesn’t do it’s peristalsis as much or as strong. So things don’t move through the gut. By removing some of the opioids in the blood stream, it allows the gut to “wake up.” Regarding the “he couldn’t come to work if he had that much opioids in their system” you body builds up a tolerance to the drug and dosage needs to go up to get the same effect. I had a patient on a pump that was giving him 200 mg of morphine an hour plus other meds like lorazepam and he was up and running around on his scooter. Dose alone does not indicate the level of alteration. Back to the gut – all systems become tolerant (why people who get itching or other side effects sometimes disappear with time, also why you don’t worry as much about respiratory depression in someone who has been using an opioid for a long time. The one system that never becomes tolerant is the gut

            Also, if you are on an opioid, you need a *stimulant* laxative like senna (sennacot), or bisacodyl. Docusate in particular is less than useless.

          • KevInPDX

            Elvis gut. He stopped peristalsis due to a life time of prescription drug/opioid abuse. He couldn’t go #2.
            One of the Merry Pranksters too (I forget the dudes name). His “no go” issue was a common thread of his biography.

          • RaygunsGoZap

            Happens to tweekers too. I found a couple of mouthfuls of mineral oil negated the need for peristalsis. Some deep knee bends and gravity eventually wins out.

            This was a long long time ago.

    • Todd20036

      My father had stage 4 lung cancer. When the cancer spread to his legs he was in such severe pain he couldn’t even get up to use the toilet.

      THEN he got morphine. Not before.

      Oxycontin is a drug of last resort (along with most opioids). Not first

      • The Milkman

        Back surgery yesterday. Oxycontin plus Valium. Ask for it by name.

    • netxtown

      the pill commercials are a joke at my house. It’s like the ‘VW punch’ game.

      • PickyPoussin

        ‘Be sure to ask your doctor about….’

        • netxtown

          I do – and he always tells me to not eat more chicken…

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      My dad had surgery last Friday to remove his giant kidney stones.
      They went through his back. Then, they said they found more and did another surgery the next day.
      He was released Monday, crabby and ripping out his IV’s.
      I only know that he was on ” pain pills ”

      Mom called this morning said he is in severe pain ( no BM for a week ).
      I was to make the trek up there to take him to hospital, but she took him stead.
      The first time ever that she was allowed to drive him in their 71 years of marriage.

      • thatotherjean

        I hope he’s feeling better, with proper medication for both pain and constipation. That doesn’t sound particularly serious, but it is. Bowel blockages are no fun, and if they go on long enough, they can kill you.

    • Lawerence Collins

      Cannabis must be legalized Now!
      What I hear will happen is. Just like cancer sticks. Drug companies will just start pushing opioids in other countries https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/439a3091815621cad03e535ef7b98ebb02396eb9380e86d7e52fca7be9339dca.jpg

    • Snarkaholic

      I’ve read that heroin was originally prescribed as a cure for diarrhea.

  • Blake J Butler
  • AmeriCanadian

    If this man is a billionaire then he will not spend one day in jail. Not one. The U.S. has been a two-tiered society for quite some time and it’s constantly rubbed into our faces yet we do nothing and will continue to do nothing.

    • Jonathan Smith

      oh. IDK.
      he is brown……….

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Ah, but if he gave Trump or the GOP money, that might mitigate his “browness.”

        • Tulle Christensen

          Yes every 1 million you give to the GOP, reduces your bownness by 1, so it looks like a 2 million donation will mitigate this guy to white

          • AmeriCanadian

            We laugh but it is SO TRUE!!!

      • AmeriCanadian

        A BILLION dollars buys a lot of respect and power, not to mention the ability to bribe anyone and everyone.

        • Tulle Christensen

          Who needs a billion, I have seen Congressmen get “influenced:” with as little as 25K

          • The_Wretched

            And republican prosecutors!

          • netxtown

            heck, didn’t Pam Bondi only get like $10k?

        • CanuckDon

          Maybe he’s one of the ones on Trump’s shit list.

      • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

        Has a furrin name, too… SOMEONE is going under the bus, might as well be him. But I’d MUCH prefer it to be Marino, who nearly got to be head of the DEA. Henhouse, meet fox!

    • Jonathan Smith

      well, is he a member of Scam-A-Lago?
      then he is free and clear…….

      • AmeriCanadian

        Exactly.

      • Joe in PA

        That was my first thought!

    • The main reason white collar criminals aren’t prosecuted is that their crimes are too complicated to explain to a jury that doesn’t already understand how the financial system works. There’s no way to explain what they did and why it’s illegal. Even among experts the explanation takes many pages to explain. This crime is simple. They bribed doctors to prescribe a drug that patients didn’t need and that was harmful to them. That’s easy to explain and easy to understand. He’s screwed.

      • AmeriCanadian

        Well a quick Google search shows that billionaires have been jailed in the past but their crimes were defrauding the IRS or other billionaires out of money. John Kapoor is guilty of pushing drugs on the “little people”. He’s not even in the same class as, say, Bernie Madoff.

      • Jonathan Smith

        “he killed people”
        here are pictures of addicts of HIS drugs.
        jury?

        • AmeriCanadian

          Can you imagine the makeup up the jury? Do you believe it will consist of regular citizens?

          • netxtown

            nope. just those craving their next fix…

        • CottonBlimp

          Assuming the defense doesn’t challenge that being added into evidence, assuming the judge lets it be added into evidence, assuming the prosecutor actually gives enough of a shit to mention stuff like that or even out much effort into the case at all…

    • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

      This is why the TV show ‘Dexter’ was so damn popular! Wishful thinking…

  • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

    The cynic in me says Trump’s announcement was because this arrest was imminent. He thinks he will get points for being tough on the drug epidemic, but this arrest is the shiny object that will deflect from any real investigation of big pharma and meaningful changes and regulation.

    • Gustav2

      And as the House Budget bill passed with no extra money for treatment and cuts to Medicaid.

  • TrueWords

    simply put:

    Capitalism does not solve “every” problems here in America… but it surely creates many of them

    • Jonathan Smith

      SOMETIMES?!??!?!?!?!?!??!?

      • TrueWords

        I shall edit because you are correct..I was trying to be moderate!!!

    • another_steve

      No economic system or system of governance will ever be 100 percent good. That’s because there are bad – evil – human beings.

      Most people in the world aren’t bad or evil, however.

      Reading boyfriend Joe’s ever-so-cheery blog posts here on JMG, it’s sometimes easy to forget that.

      • TrueWords

        Agreed, but capitalism is the ONLY economic plan that gets touted here in America

    • Treant

      I read that as “Castration does not solve…” and I was thinking, “Yeah, but there’d be way fewer billionaire crooks if we castrated them!”

  • William

    Did he attend the same finishing school as Trump’s “doctor”?

  • Do Something Nice

    And if he is a member of Mar-A-Shito, he will be slapped on the wrist.

  • another_steve

    Oh boy, there’s a special place in hell for these guys.

    A special place.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      Sadly, there is no hell. Any and all justice must be administered in the here and now.

  • Tatonka

    I was going to make a joke about how he must be a Democrat, and then I read what he was accused of. They should force him to take his own product.

    • Jonathan Smith

      one pill every few hours.
      should last a long, long, LONG time.

    • Some shit transcends party affiliation…like this, and like sexual harassment.

      I don’t care who they are or who they support.

  • bkmn

    Put him on his drug for a couple of months and then lock him up with no access to more.

    • Joe in PA

      And repeat.

    • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

      Apparently, that’s what happened to Hermann Goering. Big ol’ fat Nazi drug addict had a yuge supply of pills. Then he got locked up without them.
      HAW-haw!

      • Tawreos

        They didn’t make him go cold turkey, they slowly got him off of them.

  • About damn time, but I’ll hold my celebration for the conviction and sentencing. CEOs have a history of weaseling out of doing time for serious crimes.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I can only hope he makes the jury loathe him like Shkreli.

      • Everyone knows someone (friend, colleague, relative) with a substance abuse problem. He’s fucked. A good prosecutor will portray his as a drug kingpin in a nice suit.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Not the dusky ones.

  • Meantime, nope, no global warming or escalating climate catastrophe…
    https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/923627222044463104
    Two sides to the “science”, right?

    • Jonathan Smith
      • Clive Johnson

        Here is a snowball. How can snowballs and climate change exist at the same time? Answer? They cannot! Jesus is the answer and Jesus created snowballs.

        • And Chewbacca is a Wookie, therefore we must acquit.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          When Jesus was hanging on the cross in the hot sun, don’t you think he could have used a few snowballs tossed his way? Sure! But they didn’t have snowballs, and now we do.

          Global warming is a hoax.

          • CB

            That’s pretty brilliant on many levels. A++

      • netxtown

        I can’t believe he mashed his testicles into one big white ball. The bleaching must have hurt like hell!

    • Tulle Christensen

      yes two sides, the side that is right and the side that is wrong

    • greenmanTN

      My freezer still makes ice, so take THAT, Climate Change hoaxers!

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Yes,like believing the earth is both round and flat.

      • AmeriCanadian

        I was laughing out loud on my way to work this morning as I listened to a news report that the crew aboard the international space station had received a phone call from the pope. I’m thinking what would I say if I were on the space station talking to the pope? “I’m looking out the window and yep, it’s round.”

  • boobert

    But street dealers are the problem, lol.

    • bkmn

      And don’t get them started on needle exchange programs.

      • thatotherjean

        God forbid they should support something not profitable, but useful in preventing the spread of disease.

  • fuzzybits

    Billionaire pusher.

    • I have relatives in recovery programs and they all say that the biggest pushers out there are the pharmaceutical companies and that’s been true for years. This was coming and it shows his arrogance that he didn’t see this company went people started od’ing on opioids. Oh wait…when WHITE people started ODing on opioids.

      • fuzzybits

        Not opioids but my Dr. put me on Lipitor a couple years ago. He told me that he thinks they should put it in the drinking water. Then I look while sitting in the waiting room and I see a stack of pamphlets for Lipitor and his name is on every one. They all get kick backs.

      • Treant

        I’ve very intentionally chosen a doctor who has a light hand with all prescriptions and is not inclined to jump on the New Medication Bandwagon. All the minor little things I have are controlled very well by old, generic, cheap, and well-proven meds. If I needed something modern, that would be fine…but I’m not going to automatically jump on it just because it’s new.

  • Dirk Prophet

    Not going to go into personal history. Just some guy online so it would be meaningless anyway.

    Big pharma pushed opioids hard on multiple platforms. Fake news.
    Damn bastards.

    One more thing…

    Marijuana!

    • Gustav2

      In Ohio they told the MD’s the pills were not addictive if used for a short time, but they were even if you followed their instructions on the time limit.

  • boatboy_srq

    This, clearly, has no bearing on the opioid crisis Lord Dampnut is empowering HHS to halt.

    /s

  • Friday’s_cat

    So what else is new. Reputable hospitals and teaching universities have rewritten their drug purchasing guidelines so even ballpoint pens are forbidden.

  • The_Wretched

    I notice his skin shade is darker than average. I’ll bet $$ that he didn’t donate $$ to republicans and isn’t a mar-a-lago member.

    • ETownCanuck

      Of course not. If he had, he wouldn’t be up on charges.

  • KDK DSAPDX

    That photo of him looks like Al Franken in a bad wig! 😛

  • JoeMyGod

    Last year my doctor’s office did away with paper prescriptions because of opioid-related counterfeiting. All prescriptions are emailed directly to the patient’s pharmacy.

    • Hank

      This year, my MD was busted for dealing Meth out of his office, and his lab tech was busted with his blank Rx pads!!! Welcome to FTL/Wilton Manors!!!

    • JoeMyGod

      Edit: A little digging reveals that this is now a New York state law. No wonder my CVS closed their “Drop Off New Prescriptions” window.

      Effective March 27, 2016, practitioners are mandated to electronically prescribe both controlled and non-controlled substances.

  • MikeBx2

    O/T: There’s not a “me” to be found in this tweet. Even on her birthday…
    https://twitter.com/HillaryClinton/status/923634044457422848

  • Charles Nelson

    One small town in West Virginia, with about 300 citizens, had more than a million oxycontin prescriptions in one year. Yet, neither the DEA or FDA thought that was unusual? A lot of under-the-table bribery has to be going on.

  • Miji

    Does this mean he’ll have to withdraw as Trump’s new HHS secretary?

  • JAKvirginia

    True story. Years ago. Emergency room. Orlando. Me. Trouble breathing. Lung infection. No pain, just hard to breath and fever. Never got any antibiotics because hospitals were under fire for over-prescribing anti’s. When leaving they gave prescription for pain meds! WTF? Don’t tell me they’re not on commission.

    • Tomcat

      Saving the antibiotics for the animals.

  • Hank

    The states in crisis, OH, WV, KY are those, where jobs have disappeared. So, with nothing better to do, why not get high??? How about bringing in some jobs???… AND some treatment centers!!!
    Over 10 years ago, I saw on the OUTSIDE of an ED in eastern KY a sign: Oxycontin was NOT prescribed there!!!

    • Tomcat

      Just put the treatment centers in those new coal mines.

      • carrot festival

        John Ham’s Ark Experience and Opioid Recovery Clinic. I’m sure his lawyers are drawing up government funded contracts right this minute.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Fentanyl… Now in a convenient spray

    (I’m getting air-freshener ideas…..)

    • The_Wretched

      And potentially lethal with a single spray.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Can you, how you say, get some of that shit into this orange spray-tan can??

        — Melania

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Burdensome regulations tied the hands of pharma sales reps.

    Founders and CEOs were forced to bring catering trays for the office staff themselves.

  • Natty Enquirer

    So, did all the pharma execs get together and draw straws? Is Kapoor going down to take the heat off the rest of the pill pushers?

    • The_Wretched

      wrong skin
      didn’t bribe / donate enough or the right direction

    • Cuberly Deux

      Maybe he was just too overt.

  • Leo

    OT. NBC’s trying to normalize Megyn Kelly and if YouTube comments are a barometer I’m thrilled it’s not working. Hope she’s cancelled by Christmas.

    • Treant

      Whoyn Wholly? My mother reports that she can’t stand it, even when they have Kathy Lee and/or Hoda on to try to make it popular.

      What’s really gonna kill it is the loss of audience for Kathy Lee and Hoda afterward.

      • Leo

        She’s getting dragged to hell and back on Today and Seth Myers’ interview segments. It’s just such a relief.

    • Tomcat

      The greedy bitch has more money than she will ever spend already.

    • PickyPoussin

      That happened to be on the other day in the kitchen. I had forgotten to turn it off. I quickly shut it off as I don’t want my puppy exposed to that garbage. 🙂

    • CottonBlimp

      We can’t stop the power brokers in the media from supporting all these awful hacks like Megyn Kelly or David Brooks or Bill Kristol or Newt Gingrich, but at least we can make this deal with Satan cost them.

  • sfjohn

    now what about going after said insurers?

  • ErikDC

    People are stupid.

    Do most people just trust everything a doctor tells them? You can trust, but should always verify. A few years ago I was misdiagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, put on powerful drugs, and the doctor was just flat out wrong. I was the one who caught the mistake a couple weeks later, as it didn’t seem my symptoms were consistent with the diagnosis.

    I wouldn’t just take an opioid because a doctor prescribed it to me.

    Postcript: What I do have is extraordinarily rare. Because I advocated for myself and pointed physicians in the right direction, a better doctor was able to prescribe medication that controls the condition.

  • Tomcat

    Only have one question. Is he a member of Mar-A Lago?

  • Henry Auvil

    Hey, isn’t there an opening for head of Health and Human Services? Bingo!

  • Rex

    O/T, but speaking of abusing drugs, Beverly Leslie will be back to devil Karen Walker on Will & Grace tonight! Yippee!

    • Blake Mason

      Yaasss!

    • netxtown

      I saw the clip – and I will be watching!

  • Halou

    He could just do what that Chinese dissident did, pay for membership at mar-a-lago and wait for Trump to intervene on his behalf. It’s like a fat orange batsignal.

    • Karl Dubhe

      He’ll pay up now, and the charges will be dropped.

  • BlindBill

    Had he been a lobbyist bribing ….oppps making “re-election” donations, there would have been no issue at all.

    • Halou

      An honest trickster. Did you ever think you’d see the day..

  • kladinvt

    Hhhmmm…not start down this road, but aren’t there any ‘white’ BigPharma executives equally as responsible?

  • Jacob

    And the emergency declaration from the POSPOTUS. No connection.

  • justme

    Guess your protection from this depends on how much you donate to the reelection..

  • JCF

    From opioids, Kapoor got ka-ching!

  • fkevin

    Purdue Pharma & the Sackler family who created & marketed Oxycontin are the ones who should be held responsible for this blight:

    http://theweek.com/articles/541564/how-american-opiate-epidemic-started-by-pharmaceutical-company

    “Remember, it’s not addictive.” As told to reps in a training film.

  • leastyebejudged

    But whatever you do, don’t hold physicians and the medical community responsible for their widespread corruption and lack of any ethical concerns !

    We worship doctors here !

  • Dave Babler

    There needs to be a law that when someone gets rich by doing something shady the government can claw back 100% of their earnings, and all of their assets acquired, from the time they started doing unethical/illegal stuff. It should be used judiciously especially vs. people like this. They should also be able to clawback gifts of money or assets to family members/friends and political campaigns from during this time period.

    • thatotherjean

      Unfortunately, like other types of asset seizure, it’s easy money, and very likely to be abused.

      • Franciscan

        And another practical problem: rich people who got rich through shady businesses or shady business dealings are the ones *in* the government.

  • eyefidelity

    One thing you’ll never learn from watching Ken Burns’ series on Viet Nam is that the CIA funded its black ops with the sale of opium for which the Pentagon supplied cover (Douglas Valentine has written extensively about Operation Phoenix), now bigger than ever in Afghanistan. Never mind that the Main Stream Media gets half of its ad revenue from Big Pharma… it’s no wonder that they rarely do investigations into Pharmageddon….

  • Grumpy Old Man

    Remember the Boxer Rebellion? Chinese people fought to stop the British from selling opium to China – everyone laughs at the idea that British Royalty are drug dealers but one wonders….

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    Poor man. Now he’ll be locked in the Country Club with that misunderstood, Bernie MadeOff.