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Salem-News.com (Sep-29-2018 00:44)

FDA`s Continuing Arrogance and Indifference to the Opioid Epidemic as Death Toll Rages!

Sufentanil should never be approved for human use.

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - Janet Woodcock, MD The FDA has announced a meeting of the Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee for October 12. I am extremely interested in this meeting where a very dangerous opioid named Sufentanil will be discussed by the Advisory Committee and I plan to attend.

Sufentanil is a synthetic opioid analgesic drug approximately 5 to 10 times more potent than its parent drug, Fentanyl.

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Salem-News.com (Sep-14-2018 22:50)

Maryland AG Takes Legal Action Against Insys Therapeutics

Why did it take so long for an Attorney General to finally act?

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - Brian Frosh, Maryland AG Recently the AG's office in Maryland brought charges against the pharma company, Insys maker of the killer opioid, Fentanyl for endangering the lives of consumers in off-label marketing their billion dollar drug.

Why did the maker of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma unleash an epidemic of death and addiction throughout the country for almost two decades with virtually no concern or charges by any Attorney General as the body bag count mounted and we continue to lose a generation of our children?

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Salem-News.com (Aug-29-2018 14:44)

Opioid Epidemic Rages as DOJ Refuses a Freedom of Information (FOI) Request

There is an attorney in N.J. I refer to as the "Lone Ranger" fighting the prescription opioid epidemic destroying lives in the tens of thousands by taking appropriate legal action. His name is Richard (Rick) Hollawell.

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - Rick Hollawell Three executives from Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty in Federal Court. No prison time was imposed. Business continued as usual for Purdue Pharma.

So much so that eleven years later their profits surpass $30 billion with death and addiction tolls in the tens of thousands.

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Salem-News.com (Aug-06-2018 17:30)

Maura Healey, Attorney General, Massachusetts and her Lawsuit against Purdue Pharma

Recently AG Healey "took on" the maker of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma, but did she really?

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - Massachusetts AG Maura T. Healey Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Maura Healey has filed a lawsuit against the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical company, Purdue Pharma, maker of the highly addictive OxyContin.

A concerning issue in the Massachusetts lawsuit is that AG Healey worked for the law firm Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr who represented Purdue Pharma as a client. Perhaps more unsettling, Healey's "life partner" is currently a partner in this same firm who still represents Purdue Pharma.

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Salem-News.com (Jul-12-2018 22:45)

FDA can be sued in Prescription Opioid Epidemic -- and should be!

"...the clinical evidence review found insufficient evidence to determine long-term benefits of opioid therapy for chronic pain..."

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - big pharma The FDA's approval of dangerous prescription opioids over the years can best be described as "fire, aim, ready" as the epidemic continues to rage out of control.

I encourage every Attorney General and law firm in the country suing Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin to read this filing carefully and apply it to current and future lawsuits.

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Salem-News.com (Apr-07-2018 21:20)

Every Child Needs a Rose!

A compassionate neighbor reaches out and changes a life.

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - Rose and John When I was a very little girl, I lived in a town outside the City of New Brunswick, N.J. In those days there were TV shows each week that depicted the ideal family life.

My days were lonely and many times scary. I attended a Catholic School in New Brunswick and corporal punishment was not frowned upon in the education system as it is today.

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Salem-News.com (Mar-19-2018 16:39)

Trump Wants Death Penalty for Drug Dealers,
Does that Include Criminal Pharmaceutical Execs?

"War criminals" Insys Therapeutics and Purdue Pharma are responsible
for opioid deaths and addictions, so ...?

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - John Kapoor President Trump calls for extermination of drug dealers responsible for causing deaths.

Should he include the pharmaceutical executives who knowingly marketed their dangerous opioids criminally which resulted in tens of thousands of deaths?

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Salem-News.com (Mar-07-2018 00:07)

Stop Power Players From Protecting Pharmaceutical Criminals

Rudy Giuliani succeeded in keeping Purdue Pharma out of prison resulting in thousands of deaths!

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - pharma With Giuliani's shrewd legal skills utilized, Purdue Pharma continued to make billions of dollars while their created prescription opioid epidemic raged out of control.

In 2007, Purdue Pharma's net worth was a few billion dollars. In 2017, Purdue Pharma's net worth was approximately $34 billion.

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Salem-News.com (Jan-06-2018 15:40)

Call for Senator Orrin Hatch to be Named in Opioid Lawsuits Nationwide

This past week U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (Utah) announced his retirement from the Senate at 83 years old.

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - Senator Hatch Before Mr. Hatch attends his retirement party as Chairman of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, maybe some vital matters should be addressed.

I am calling for Hatch to be charged with obstruction of justice and named as a defendant in the many lawsuits filed throughout the country against pharmaceutical companies such as Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin.


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Salem-News.com (Dec-08-2017 17:37)

Lynn R. Webster, MD Sets Standard for DEA Investigations

Following the trail of the prescription opioid epidemic and the DEA's efforts to expose the purveyors.

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - Forest Tennant In 2013, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) launched an investigation of then-president-elect of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) Lynn R. Webster, MD, related to overdose deaths at Webster’s Lifetree Pain Clinic in Salt Lake City.

It was alleged there were up to 100 deaths at Webster's clinic which was raided by the DEA.

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Marianne Skolek of Salem-News.com

Marianne Skolek - USA / Canada

Salem-News.com Investigative Reporter

Email: Marianneskolek@aol.com

Marianne Skolek is an Investigative Reporter focusing on the Prescription Opioid/Heroin Epidemic in the U.S. and Canada. In particular, Marianne has covered the criminal marketing of OxyContin going back to 1999 and continuing to the present.

In 2002, Marianne lost her daughter, Jill to prescribed OxyContin which her physician referred to as "mobility in a bottle." It was, in fact, death in a bottle. After doing extensive research on the maker of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma, Marianne began working with the Department of Justice in Virginia in their criminal investigation into Purdue Pharma and in July 2007 was asked by the U.S. Attorney John Brownlee prosecuting the case to testify against the three CEO's of Purdue Pharma, Michael Friedman, Paul Goldenheim, MD and Howard Udell, Chief Counsel. The CEO's pleaded guilty to misleading the medical profession about the dangers of OxyContin. Marianne also testified against Purdue Pharma at a Judiciary Hearing of the U.S. Senate in July 2007.

In addition, a dangerous and highly addictive opioid named Zohydro has been approved by the FDA against their Advisory Committee's advice and Marianne continues to alert Attorneys General, Senators and Congressmen as to the FDA's irresponsibility in the out of control prescription opioid/heroin epidemic killing and addicting in the tens of thousands each year. Zohydro has been referred to as "heroin in a capsule" and its lowest dosage (10mg) contains twice as much hydrocodone as found in a Vicodin pill. The highest single dose of Zohydro contains as much hydrocodone as 5 to 10 tablets of Vicodin or Lortab. Zohydro mixed with alcohol can be fatal and has no abuse deterrent built in which will make it easy to crush and deliver a fatal dose of the opioid.

Currently Marianne has been instrumental in calling for the termination of Margaret Hamburg, MD, Commissioner of the FDA as well as Bob A. Rappaport, MD and Douglas Throckmorton, MD for their lack of commitment to safeguarding the American public against the prescription opioid/heroin epidemic. Marianne's research, writing and contact with government agencies and attorneys has also exposed the heavily funded pain foundations set up by the pharmaceutical industry and their paid physician spokespersons who convinced the medical boards in 50 states and Canada that dangerous opioids such as OxyContin were less likely to be addictive. These physicians -- in particular Scott Fishman, MD, J. David Haddox, DDS, MD, Perry Fine, MD, Lynn R. Webster, MD, Russell Portenoy, MD also downplayed the risks of addictive opioids in books as authors. These books are still available for sale and promoted to the medical profession.

Here are links to Marianne's involvement in exposing the national conspiracy of the prescription opioid/heroin epidemic, the FDA, the pharmaceutical industry, their pain foundations and paid physician spokespersons.

JUST Story: Phillip W. McCallum: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmPG1VjD61U&list=UUWoHUEr4ZAbQOfIqtOArjgg&index=6&feature=plcp

"Learn to Cope": https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=855537227796352&set=vb.658186307531446&type=2&theater

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Sean Flynn was a photojournalist in Vietnam, taken captive in 1970 in Cambodia and never seen again.

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