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Tufts University said Friday that it was reviewing its ties to Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin and other prescription opioid painkillers, after court filings this week suggested Purdue and the family that controls the company sought to gain influence at the university and its hospital through donations.

The disclosures about Purdue’s ties to Tufts, which the university called “deeply troubling,” were included in a court filing Tuesday by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office in its lawsuit against Purdue, current and former executives, and members of the Sackler family, which controls the privately held drug company.


“Tufts University has always been and remains deeply committed to the highest ethical and scientific standards in research and education,” Patrick Collins, a Tufts spokesman, said in a statement Friday afternoon. “The information raised in the Attorney General’s lawsuit against Purdue Pharmaceuticals and other defendants is deeply troubling.

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  • The real story is a lot more troubling. The real story here is that only after exposure, do these hospitals and academic institutions look at their ties to pharma and other industries. These hospitals took money from the device industry also, along with plenty of other phama companies.
    Many of the people they prescribed opiates to, were the working claas peope with repetative injuries, adn people with botched surgeries. Many people were eft in Intractable Pain, after their diagnosis were porponed, or they were denied medical care. A lot of these people could not afford to take time off form work, when they were injured. Of course these factors were never tracked, even though pain is the reason many people even seek medical care. The real story is how the pharma industry cam eup with a false counter narrative about all of this.
    In Post Fact America, this topic was misreported for years, now they are trying to tell us that suddenly institutions liek Tufts are “rethinking” their pharma ties. Kind of like closing the barn door after the horses get out.

  • It’s ‘in’ today to attack pharma companies who manufacture opioids. Basically, they are all the same. Doctors know that. Opioids are what work for pain. Nothing else works as well. So what is the world supposed to do because Americans feel the need to be drugged all the time and why do Americans feel the need to be drugged? That is where the answer to the opioid epidemic will be found not on who manufactures the drugs. These drugs are mind altering substances and, apparently, lots of Americans want their minds altered. Why is that? What is it that they do not want to think about? Go figure that one out. That answer will help solve the drug epidemic.

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