May 2, 2019 - Health

Opioid executives found guilty in bribery scheme

Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor walks outside a courthouse.

Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor. Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

A jury has found John Kapoor, the founder and former CEO of Insys Therapeutics, and 4 other executives guilty of a scheme that involved bribing doctors to prescribe the company's powerful opioid, Subsys, for patients who didn't need it and tricking health insurers to pay for it, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: This trial was a high-profile affair that many people viewed as a referendum on Big Pharma's role in the national opioid crisis. Other major makers of painkillers, including Purdue Pharma and Johnson & Johnson, also are facing potential trials.

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