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”

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”

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”

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 industry documents are made public matters: UCSF Library recommendations

An important aspect of the North Carolina Juul legal settlement as well as several of the opioid settlements have been provisions making the discovery documents public. As the tobacco experience richly demonstrates, these documents can educate the public, the media and policymakers and lead to positive change. An important technical detail is how the documentsContinue reading “How industry documents are made public matters: UCSF Library recommendations”

More truth about the opioid industry: Document collection continues to grow

HBO’s excellent new documentary The Crime of the Century about how the pharmaceutical industry created the opioid epidemic while largely avoiding responsibility makes the point that pharma has avoided the truth by paying nominal (for them) settlements. The lawyers never forced internal industry documents obtained in discovery out into the open. That situation has changedContinue reading “More truth about the opioid industry: Document collection continues to grow”

UCSF and Johns Hopkins University Launch Digital Trove of Opioid Industry Documents

The UCSF Truth Tobacco Documents Library is 20 years old and had led to over 1000 publications, including not only academic papers, media stories, documentaries and government reports. The tobacco documents have transformed the discussion of tobacco globally. Now, the UCSF LIbrary, working with Johns Hopkins, is launching a major expansion of a sister collectionContinue reading “UCSF and Johns Hopkins University Launch Digital Trove of Opioid Industry Documents”