772,876 more opioid industry internal documents released, this time on Insys’ fentanyl promotion

UCSF and Johns Hopkins have released another 772,876 internal industry documents in the Opioid Industry Documents Archive, bringing the total collection to over 2.3 million documents. These documents reveal how Insys Therapeutics promoted fentanyl by pushing on-label prescribing and paying doctors to promote their drug, laying the foundation for today’s fentanyl epidemic, including problems ofContinue reading “772,876 more opioid industry internal documents released, this time on Insys’ fentanyl promotion”

Members of the scientific network used to promote “tobacco harm reduction” often don’t disclose industry ties

The tobacco industry has a long history of supporting scientists, often quietly, to establish narratives that promote its interests.  Now Julia Vassey, Yogi Hendlin, Manali Vora, and Pam Ling have published a formal analysis showing the network of scientists publishing papers on “tobacco harm reduction,” the core ideology used to justify promoting e-cigarettes and manyContinue reading “Members of the scientific network used to promote “tobacco harm reduction” often don’t disclose industry ties”

Opioid industry document library continues to grow, this time with documents from big pharmacies

Last week Today the University of California, San Francisco and Johns Hopkins University announced the addition of over 2,200 documents to the Opioid Industry Documents Archive (OIDA) that detail the role of retail pharmacies in the opioid epidemic. The release of these documents coincides with a report by STAT that explores individual and systemic failuresContinue reading “Opioid industry document library continues to grow, this time with documents from big pharmacies”

33 state Juul settlement does not seem to have fixed problems with earlier settlements

On September 6, 2022, Connecticut Attorney General AG Tong announced that 33 states and Puerto Rico who were suing Juul for its predatory marketing had reached a settlement in principle. Tong’s press release stated, “Both the financial and injunctive terms exceed any prior agreement JUUL has reached with states to date.” While the devil isContinue reading “33 state Juul settlement does not seem to have fixed problems with earlier settlements”

Where are the Juul documents?

Perhaps the most important provision in the settlement between the State of North Carolina and Juul involved the release of previously secret internal Juul documents. These documents are particularly timely given the fact that Juul and the FDA are now fighting over FDA’s decision not to authorize the same of Juul e-cigarettes as well asContinue reading “Where are the Juul documents?”

1.4 million opioid industry documents now public for all the read at UCSF

Fourteen state attorneys general, in collaboration with UCSF and Johns Hopkins University just made 1.4 million previously secret opioid documents (8.1 million pages) publicly available at the UCSF Industry Documents Library. The AGs’ statement is worth quoting in full because it is important not only as a model for future opioid settlements and document disclosures,Continue reading “1.4 million opioid industry documents now public for all the read at UCSF”

FDA proposed menthol ban in cigarettes is well done, except for the exceptions

On April 28, 2022, FDA released its proposed tobacco product standard prohibiting menthol cigarettes. The justification for prohibiting menthol as a characterizing flavor includes a comprehensive review of the effects of menthol on smoking, including why menthol promotes cigarette initiation and how it makes it harder to quit smoking. In addition to summarizing the behavioralContinue reading “FDA proposed menthol ban in cigarettes is well done, except for the exceptions”

AG settlements with Juul keep getting weaker, not stronger

When North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein settled the state’s lawsuit against Juul, I said it was a good start, but identified several shortcomings. Because the settlement contained a “most favored nation” clause it would benefit from stronger settlements in the future built on the foundation of the North Carolina settlement. That’s what happened inContinue reading “AG settlements with Juul keep getting weaker, not stronger”

UCSF adds previously secret documents from McKinsey & Co to freely-available opioid industry documents archive

The UCSF/JHU Opoid Industry Document Archive just added 317 documents from McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm working with corporations and governments, including with major US opioid manufacturers, including Purdue Pharma as well as Endo Pharmaceutical, Johnson & Johnson and Mallinckrodt.    In February 2021, McKinsey reached a $573 million agreement with attorneys general in 47Continue reading “UCSF adds previously secret documents from McKinsey & Co to freely-available opioid industry documents archive”

How the multinational tobacco companies fight tobacco control in India: The more things change the more they stay the same

Amit Yadav and I just published “Tobacco industry thwarts ad ban legislation in India in the 1990s: Lessons for meeting FCTC obligations under Articles 13 and 5.3” in Addictive Behaviors. This paper uses previously secret tobacco industry documents to present a history of the early battles in India to reign in the multinational tobacco industry.Continue reading “How the multinational tobacco companies fight tobacco control in India: The more things change the more they stay the same”