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Crime Opioid exec sentenced to nearly 3 years in prison

21:15  15 january  2020
21:15  15 january  2020 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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A former executive of Insys Therapeutics was sentenced Monday to nearly three years in prison as part of the first federal case meant to hold an opioids manufacturer criminally accountable for the ongoing epidemic in the country. Former Insys Vice President of Managed Markets Michael Gurry Former Insys Vice President of Managed Markets Michael Gurry, whose sentence was handed down by a federal judge in Boston, received less than the 11 years prosecutors sought for someone they said instructed underlings to lie to insurance companies about patient diagnoses so the insurers would

A former executive of Insys Therapeutics was sentenced Monday to nearly three years in prison as part of the first federal case meant to hold an opioids manufacturer criminally accountable for the ongoing epidemic in the country. Former Insys Vice President of Managed Markets Michael Gurry, whose sentence was handed down by a federal judge in Boston, received less than the 11 years prosecutors sought for someone they said instructed underlings to lie to insurance companies about patient diagnoses so the insurers would cover the company’s ts highly addictive under-the-tongue

A former executive of Insys Therapeutics was sentenced Monday to nearly three years in prison as part of the first federal case meant to hold an opioids manufacturer criminally accountable for the ongoing epidemic in the country.

a sign on the side of a building: A logo sign outside of the headquarters of Insys Therapeutics in Chandler, Ariz., Feb. 3, 2018.© Sipa USA via AP, FILE A logo sign outside of the headquarters of Insys Therapeutics in Chandler, Ariz., Feb. 3, 2018.

Former Insys Vice President of Managed Markets Michael Gurry, whose sentence was handed down by a federal judge in Boston, received less than the 11 years prosecutors sought for someone they said instructed underlings to lie to insurance companies about patient diagnoses so the insurers would cover the company’s ts highly addictive under-the-tongue fentanyl spray, Subsys.

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A former executive for a drug company was sentenced Monday to 33 months in federal prison in a bribery and kickbacks scheme that Massachusetts prosecutors say helped fuel the national opioid epidemic. Prosecutors say Insys Therapeutics employees paid millions of dollars in bribes to doctors nationwide to overprescribe Subsys, a powerful, addictive fentanyl-based painkiller for cancer patients. Prosecutors had sought 11 years in prison for Gurry, arguing he was instrumental in the company's scheme, even if he didn't actively engage in bribery.

The 56- year -old Scottsdale, Arizona, resident is the first of seven former leaders at the Arizona-based company being sentenced this month in Boston federal court. Prosecutors say Insys Therapeutics employees paid millions of dollars in bribes to doctors nationwide to overprescribe Subsys, a Prosecutors had sought 11 years in prison for Gurry, arguing he was instrumental in the company's scheme, even if he didn't actively engage in bribery. They said Gurry, as head of the company's reimbursement center, came up with strategies to mislead insurers so that they'd cover the costs of

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Gurry, 56, will serve 33 months in prison, three years of supervised release and forfeit $3.6 million. He was convicted of racketeering conspiracy in May 2019.

Six other former Insys executives, including founder John Kapoor, face sentencing in the coming days.

a variety of flyers on a table: A box of the Fentanyl-based drug Subsys, made by Insys Therapeutics Inc, in an undated photograph provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Alabama.© U.S. Attorneys Office for the Southern District of Alabama via Reuters, FILE A box of the Fentanyl-based drug Subsys, made by Insys Therapeutics Inc, in an undated photograph provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Alabama.

"From May 2012 to December 2015, Gurry and his co-defendants conspired to bribe practitioners, many of whom operated pain clinics, in order to induce them to prescribe Insys’ fentanyl-based pain medication, Subsys, to patients, often when medically unnecessary," the government said in a press release announcing Gurry's sentencing.

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In addition to prison , Kapoor, 76, was sentenced to three years of supervised release and must pay a 0,000 fine. John Kapoor and four other executives were convicted last May of a criminal conspiracy to bribe doctors to prescribe a highly addictive fentanyl spray to patients who didn’t need it. One of the defendants allegedly gave a lap dance to a doctor at a company event in order to persuade him to prescribe the drug. Legal experts say the sentencing should be a warning to other drug company executives who have engaged in deceptive marketing practices and other schemes to push opioids .

Kapoor, Gurry and the others were charged with paying millions of dollars in bribes to doctors nationwide so they would over-prescribe Subsys.

Prosecutors have asked that Kapoor be put away for 15 years. The defense said he deserved no more than one year since he developed Subsys after watching his wife suffer and die from breast cancer.

At least two other drug distribution companies face criminal charges related to the opioids crisis but Insys is the first, and so far only, manufacturer.

a man wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: In this Jan. 30, 2019, file photo, Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor leaves federal court in Boston.© Steven Senne/AP, File In this Jan. 30, 2019, file photo, Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor leaves federal court in Boston.

The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in June 2019, one week after it agreed to pay $225 million to settle the federal government's criminal and civil investigations into the company's illegal marketing scheme of Subsys.

Insys was de-listed from the Nasdaq following the bankruptcy filing.

About 130 Americans die every day on average from an opioid overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

ABC News' Mark Osborne contributed to this report.

Drug company founder sentenced for role in scheme that contributed to opioid crisis .
Insys' founder and some executives are accused of carrying out an elaborate scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe the company’s highly addictive opioid, Subsys.Kapoor, 76, is one of the highest-ranking pharmaceutical executives to face trial and prison time amid the U.S.'s opioid epidemic.

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