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Managers at Purdue Pharma’s international arm, Mundipharma, have been swept up in a corruption scandal in Italy for allegedly paying a prominent pain doctor to push opioids, the Associated Press reports. Italian prosecutors allege Dr. Guido Fanelli took hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks from a group he called “The Pain League.” It is the first known case outside the U.S. where employees of the pharmaceutical empire owned by the Sackler family have been criminally implicated. Fanelli helped promote painkillers by writing papers, organizing conferences, and working to counter government warnings that opioid consumption was spiking and that physicians should be cautious.

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