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Billionaire founder of opioid firm guilty of bribing doctors to prescribe drug

Billionaire founder of opioid firm guilty of bribing doctors to prescribe drug

Billiponaire founder of opioid firm guilty of bribing doctors to prescribe opioids

The head of a leading drug manufacturer has been found guilty of  bribing doctors to prescribe a dangerous painkiller to patients who did  not need it, in the first criminal conviction of a pharma chief over the  opioid epidemic.

A Boston jury also found John Kapoor, the 75-year-old billionaire  founder of Insys Therapeutics, guilty of defrauding insurance companies  in the push to sell Subsys, a spray made from fentanyl, a synthetic  opioid many times stronger than morphine.

Subsys was approved for terminal cancer patients but the company  targeted sales at a much bigger and more profitable market of people  with non-life threatening chronic pain. Prosecutors said that fuelled  the opioid epidemic and cost lives.

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