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Maker of OxyContin Keeps Drug Flowing in Nova ScotiaMarianne Skolek Salem-News.com
They call their efforts "reducing the burden of chronic pain".
(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) - Purdue Pharma Canada (maker of OxyContin) made a "generous" donation to the QEII Pain Clinic in Halifax, Nova Scotia in the amount of $130,000.
Their support of the treatment of chronic pain is because they claim one in five Nova Scotians suffer from chronic pain.
Below is off the website of the Queen Elizabeth II Health Services Centre in Halifax, recipient of the donation from Purdue Pharma. It's interesting that the "average wait time" is 3 years.
It's also interesting to see a reference to the "Pediatric Complex Pain Clinic" at this facility. Since Purdue Pharma violated their probation after their criminal conviction in Federal Court in 2007 by marketing for "pregnancy pain" and the "undertreatment of pain in newborn and pediatric patients", it might serve the government of Canada to look a little closer at the financial contributions made by Purdue Pharma.
In addition to enhancing the pain clinic, the donation from Purdue Pharma Canada will be used to expand the Nova Scotia Chronic Pain Collaborative Care Network (NSCPCCN) across Canada. http://communitypainnetwork.
Interesting enough the Nova Scotia Chronic Pain Collaborative Care Network was set up financially by Purdue Pharma. Maybe instead of funding websites in an effort to push more OxyContin, they should set up drug rehabilitation facilities throughout Canada for the problem they caused by using deceit in the promotion of OxyContin.
Wagners Law Firm in Halifax has filed a class action suit against the maker of OxyContin for the false promotion of the drug which has resulted in an epidemic of addiction and death in Canada. This pattern of addiction, abuse and death repeated itself in Atlantic Canada, particularly in Cape Breton and in Newfoundland and Labrador. The scope of the problem created in Newfoundland and Labrador was discussed in the OxyContin Task Force Final Report, June 30, 2004.
The report noted that the bulk of OxyContin on the streets originated with prescriptions generated in Newfoundland and Labrador and has led to an increase in the number of pharmacy break-ins, armed robberies at pharmacies, break-ins at homes targeted for OxyContin, personal robberies with violence, and shoplifting rings operating in St. John's for the purpose of obtaining OxyContin. There has also been a surge in deaths related to drug overdoses. This report may be found here.
The Nova Scotia Provincial Motto is "One defends and the other conquers." Hopefully Nova Scotia will not allow Purdue Pharma to "conquer" by pushing more OxyContin on an already acutely over-prescribed OxyContin in Canada because of deceit in the marketing of the drug.
If anyone wants to know the definition of "unethical marketing", this link may be of interest to you. Purdue Pharma has certainly earned the dishonor of the title "unethical marketing" of a drug responsible for the destruction of lives in Canada.
Salem-News.com Reporter Marianne Skolek, is an Activist for Victims of OxyContin and Purdue Pharma throughout the United States and Canada. In July 2007, she testified against Purdue Pharma in Federal Court in Virginia at the sentencing of their three CEO's - Michael Friedman, Howard Udell and Paul Goldenheim - who pleaded guilty to charges of marketing OxyContin as less likely to be addictive or abused to physicians and patients. She also testified against Purdue Pharma at a Judiciary Hearing of the U.S. Senate in July 2007. Marianne works with government agencies and private attorneys in having a voice for her daughter Jill, who died in 2002 after being prescribed OxyContin, as well as the voice for scores of victims of OxyContin. She has been involved in her work for the past 8-1/2 years and is currently working on a book that exposes Purdue Pharma for their continued criminal marketing of OxyContin.
Marianne is a nurse having graduated in 1991 as president of her graduating class. She also has a Paralegal certification. Marianne served on a Community Service Board for the Courier News, a Gannet newspaper in NJ writing articles predominantly regarding AIDS patients and their emotional issues. She was awarded a Community Service Award in 1993 by the Hunterdon County, NJ HIV/AIDS Task Force in recognition of and appreciation for the donated time, energy and love in facilitating a Support Group for persons with HIV/AIDS.