Oxy Maker Won't Share List of Suspicious Doctors
Purdue Pharma has IDed 1,800 suspect doctors, but only told authorities about 154
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2013 5:36 PM CDT
OxyContin pills are arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vermont.   (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

(Newser) – The maker of OxyContin has a database of doctors it suspects may be prescribing its pills to addicts and dealers—but it isn't sharing that info with cops, reports the LA Times. Purdue Pharma says it has alerted authorities to 154 suspicious prescribers, but that's only about 8% of the more than 1,800 names in its records. Purdue's attorney says the database is for its own sales representatives, and policing doctors is not its problem. In the past, Purdue has promoted the idea that the growing problem of painkiller addiction and abuse is the result of pharmacy robberies and teens taking pills from their home medicine cabinet, says the Times.

But the company changed its tune when its patent was set to expire this year, arguing that its product was so liable to be abused by prescribers, generic drug makers should not be allowed to make it. Purdue revealed a study finding that when it introduced its tamper-resistant formula to the market, prescriptions of a rival product that could still be crushed and snorted rose 400%. A former White House drug policy adviser says Purdue only really started alerting authorities to the names in its database once it moved to the tamper-proof version and it didn't want more addictive generics cutting into its margins. "Those doctors are a gold mine for Purdue Pharma," he says. "And the whole time they're taking the money, knowing that something is wrong, and not telling anyone until it gives them a market advantage to do so."

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Aug 13, 2013 11:55 PM CDT
Cops can look in the yellow pages for Doctor Feelgood
Aug 13, 2013 2:47 PM CDT
We don't like big, wealthy companies but sometimes they do the right thing. F*ck cops. F*ck drug laws. F*ck the totalitarian state. Repeal the Patriot Act now. Dismantle Homeland Security. Resurrect our constitution. Repeal stand your ground. Re-enact the Voting Rights Act. Amend the constitution to specify the right to privacy and reproductive choice. This news can wait.
Aug 12, 2013 8:54 PM CDT
I was reading the comments below and one thing strikes me the most. None of you live in pain and don't have a clue what you are talking about. There is a bunch of people dependable on pain killers because they help them to go by, day by day. I never wished anyone bad luck but I tell you what, you pray every night that you will never suffer from pain but the chances are that you will and only then you will find out which half of the day is longer.