Ex-pharma CEO pleads guilty to kickbacks to doctors for opioid prescriptions

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This article is an informational piece written by Johnathan Ng for the Boston Herold.  Below is an excerpt from the article which is available in its entirety below. What are your thoughts?

A former pharmaceutical chief executive pleaded guilty to playing a part in a sophisticated scheme to give kickbacks to doctors who prescribed his company’s fentanyl-based opioid drugs — a move one top lawyer said is one step toward the goal of cutting down the corrupt greed that’s “alive and well in the pharma business.”

Michael Babich, the former CEO at Insys Therapeutics, pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston on Wednesday for his role in a nationwide scheme to bribe physicians to prescribe the company’s oral-spray painkillers meant for cancer patients facing extreme pain.

– Johnathan Ng

Ex-pharma CEO pleads guilty to kickbacks to doctors for opioid prescriptions

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