Statement from Margarida Jorge, campaign director for Lower Drug Prices Now, ahead of Sackler family’s testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform:
“Today David and Kathe Sackler will try to shift blame away from their family corporation, Purdue Pharma, despite overwhelming evidence that the corporation’s exploitative marketing fueled a man-made epidemic that killed hundreds of thousands of people while making them huge profits. But Americans from all walks of life and in every corner of the nation who have suffered the consequences of opioid addiction know all too well the role that drug corporations like Purdue have played in destroying millions of lives.
For decades, members of the Sackler family controlled the production and flow of highly addictive opioids to communities across the United States, putting their quality of life, economic security and health at risk in order to boost corporate profits. No amount of legal damages or apologies can remedy the damage done to families and communities. Nothing can restore the more than 750,000 lives lost to opioid overdose to date.
Justice after such egregious actions requires holding the executives, former board members and every individual who profited from the peddling of Oxycontin accountable for their greed. We hope today’s hearing is a step toward reforms that address the lax regulations and troubling business incentives that enabled corporations like Purdue to poison patients while reaping huge benefits for themselves.”