Drug Makers Flooded Patient Groups With Cash To Push Opioid Painkillers


The legal drug dealers would never do that. The FDA (wink) wouldn’t let that happen.

(From The Daily Caller)

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri released the report Monday, which reveals five of the largest opioid manufacturers in the country worked closely with patient groups to promote opioid painkillers for people suffering from chronic pain. Between 2012 and 2017 these patient groups, including the U.S. Pain Foundation and the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, received more than $10 million from the pharmaceutical industry, reports NPR.

McCaskill suggests the relationship between drug makers and these groups significantly contributed to a culture of overprescribing in the medical community. The report states, “These financial relationships – and the lack of transparency surrounding them – have raised concerns regarding the information and initiatives patient advocacy organizations promote.”

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