Feds reach $35M settlement with oxycodone maker – The Detroit News

Detroit – One of the largest manufacturers of the generic opioid painkiller oxycodone has agreed to pay $35 million to settle allegations it violated federal drug laws, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

The settlement, announced Tuesday with United Kingdom-based Mallinckrodt LLC, is unprecedented in scope and settles claims the pharmaceutical company did not satisfy obligations to detect (more…)

Deadly Fentanyl Disguised As Prescription Pills – Hartford Courant

When a Hamden man texted his dealer for four 30-milligram oxycodone in March, he may not have known what he was actually buying.

It wasn’t until after the 30-year-old man died that it was discovered those pills were dangerous counterfeits.

An autopsy revealed the victim, not identified by authorities, overdosed on drugs including fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid 50 to 100 times stronger (more…)

Staten Island Doctor Busted for Writing Illegal Oxycodone Scripts … – DNAinfo

STATEN ISLAND — A doctor was busted for writing millions of dollars worth of illegal oxycodone prescriptions — as the city is deep in the throes of an opioid epidemic, federal prosecutors said.

Dr. David Taylor, 70, was indicted Thursday along with Daniel Garcia, 47, and Vito Gallicchio, 57, for flooding the streets with the illegal pills over a five-year period.

“As the (more…)