Sales executive for opioid maker was addicted to the drug he promoted.

“As a district sales manager for Insys Therapeutics, Jeffrey Pearlman led a team that aggressively pushed doctors to widely prescribe the company’s highly addictive opioid painkiller Subsys. He even threatened to stop paying a nurse speaking fees if she didn’t help boost sales of the drug, emails show.”

During this entire time, Pearlman himself, was addicted to the opioids he was promoting.

Pearlman took painkillers that included the highest doses of his company’s own product, every single day.

“Subsys is a prescription form of fentanyl, and the risk of addiction is so strong that it is regulated by a special program at the Food and Drug Administration. The drug can cost tens of thousands of dollars a year, and Insys was subsidizing the cost of Subsys for Pearlman until the company fired him in late 2015, according to court filings.”

Pearlman was also taking other drugs, such as OxyContin and Percocet.

“What happened with this guy, while his situation is interesting and ironic, is no different than millions of others who have gotten into deep trouble because of tolerance and increasing doses and false teachings about opioids from the early 1990s,” said Dr. Gary Franklin, a University of Washington researcher who has studied long-term use of opioids for conditions like back pain.”

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