The Role of Purdue Pharma and the Sackler Family in the Opioid Epidemic

Meeting Status: 
Rescheduled
Meeting Notes: 
This hearing is fully remote via WebEx. This hearing has been rescheduled from 12/15 to 12/17.
Date: 
Thursday, December 17, 2020 - 9:00am
Location: 
Select one, Washington, DC 20515
“The Role of Purdue Pharma and the Sackler Family in the Opioid Epidemic”

CHAIRWOMAN MALONEY'S OPENING STATEMENT [PDF]

Washington D.C. (Dec. 14, 2020)—On Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, at 9:00 a.m., Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, held a virtual hearing to examine the role of Purdue Pharma and members of the Sackler family in fueling the nationwide opioid epidemic for decades by pushing Purdue executives to flood the market with the highly addictive painkiller OxyContin.

 

In preparation for the hearing, Chairwoman Maloney issued a memo describing documents obtained by the Committee showing how members of the Sackler family used the OxyContin business to “stretch” Purdue’s financial targets and increase earnings.  The documents also reveal how Sackler family members pressured Purdue executives to grow market share for OxyContin and other opioids, including by targeting high-volume prescribers and pushing higher strength doses.

 

This was one of the first times members of the Sackler family testified in public under oath.  Purdue Pharma has generated more than $30 billion since bringing OxyContin to market in 1996, and the Sackler family has withdrawn more than $10 billion from the company.  Nearly 450,000 people in the United States have lost their lives to the opioid epidemic over the past two decades.

WITNESSES

David Sackler
Former Member of the Board of Directors (2012 to 2018)
Purdue Pharma L.P.

Dr. Kathe Sackler
Former Vice President and Member of the Board of Directors (1990 to 2018)
Purdue Pharma L.P.

Craig Landau
President and CEO
Purdue Pharma L.P.

FAMILIES IMPACTED BY THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC

Barbara Van Rooyan
Irvine, CA

Nan Goldin
Brooklyn, NY

Alexis Pleus
Windsor, NY

Tiffinee Scott
Baltimore, MD

Pete Jackson
Prairie Grove, IL

Issues: 
116th Congress