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Purdue Pharma won't share list of suspicious doctors

  • The maker of OxyContin has a list of doctors that may be suspects in prescribing pills to addicts and dealers but it isn't sharing this information with the authorities. It said the authorities have been alerted of 154 of such prescribers but that only makes up about 8 percent of the total names in the company's records. 

    Purdue Pharma has promoted the fact that addiction and abuse happens as a result of robberies at pharmacies and teenagers stealing pills from their homes. The company also found that the prescriptions of its rival product that could be crushed and snorted had risen substantially. 

    According to a drug policy adviser, the company only started to alert the authorities of this issue when it didn't want any more addictive generics to cut into its margins. 

    Tagged as: Drug addiction, Purdue Pharma, Suspicious prescribers, OxyContin, Business News