Statement from Margarida Jorge, campaign director for Lower Drug Prices Now, on the revelations from the House Oversight Committee that the Sacklers continued to push opioids even after their settlement with the DOJ in 2007:
“The Oversight Committee’s findings that the Sackler family continued to push opioids into the market even after a settlement with the DOJ in 2007 inspire further outrage over the Trump Administration’s legal settlements that fail to hold Big Pharma executives accountable for their greed. The Sackler family knowingly peddled a dangerous drug that has cost the lives of more than 750,000 Americans to date, and created years of needless suffering for millions more. These families deserve justice, not more of the same for their neighbors and communities.
As a nation, we have stood up in the past when industries have exploited and profited off of Americans’ health and lives, and the pharmaceutical industry should be no different. Allowing Purdue to continue to market opioids despite their long record of reckless behavior is a true failure of leadership by President Trump’s administration.”