Over the last decade, the maker of the potent painkiller OxyContin has compiled a database of hundreds of doctors suspected of recklessly.
Policing physicians, she said, was not Purdue's responsibility. In a series of interviews with The Times, Purdue attorney Robin Abrams said the company created the database to steer its sales representatives away from risky doctors.
Oxycodone, the active ingredient in OxyContin, was one of the most often cited drugs in the deaths. Seventy-one doctors prescribed drugs to three or more patients who fatally overdosed. Last year, a Times analysis showed that drugs prescribed by doctors played a role in nearly half the prescription overdose deaths in Southern California from 2006 through 2011.
Over the last decade, the maker of the potent painkiller OxyContin has compiled a database of hundreds of doctors suspected of recklessly prescribing its pills to addicts and drug dealers, but has done little to alert law enforcement or medical authorities.
"There is an ethical obligation," said Katz, a critic of what he says is the overuse of painkillers.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the opioid oxycodone (OxyContin, Purdue Pharma LP) for pediatric patients aged.
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