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Man part of fentanyl trafficking ring gets 13-year sentence

Nov. 22, 2019 12:13 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a Pennsylvania man who was part of a drug trafficking operation that sold fentanyl on the dark web has been sentenced. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania said Friday that 29-year-old Brett Trageser was sentenced earlier this...

Woman who provided fatal drugs gets 8 years in prison

Nov. 21, 2019 12:30 PM EST

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — A Wausau woman has been sentenced to eight years in prison for providing the fentanyl-laced heroin that resulted in a fatal overdose. WSAW-TV reports 32-year-old Ashley Szarkowitz was also given eight years on extended supervision Thursday in the death of a 24-year-old man. Autopsy...

Ex-'American Idol' contestant gets nearly 4 years in prison

Nov. 21, 2019 12:30 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Former ‘American Idol’ contestant Antonella Barba has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for carrying nearly 2 pounds (0.9 kilograms) of fentanyl. Federal authorities in Virginia said Thursday that the 32-year-old New Jersey woman got three years and nine months...

Ex-police chief who stole heroin sentenced to probation

Nov. 21, 2019 6:35 AM EST

ELIZABETH, Pa. (AP) — A former police chief in western Pennsylvania who admitted stealing thousands of small bags of heroin and fentanyl from his department's evidence room is not going to prison. A judge on Wednesday sentenced former 43-year-old Timothy Butler to about four years of probation and 325...

Egypt detains man going to Saudi Arabia with banned pills

Nov. 21, 2019 5:05 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Authorities say a man from a Gulf Arab country who was travelling from Egypt to Saudi Arabia has been detained at the Cairo airport, allegedly attempting to take banned pills into the kingdom. A statement from the airport authorities on Thursday says security officials found dozens of illegal...

Doctor charged with illegal distribution of opioids

Nov. 20, 2019 10:57 AM EST

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut doctor is facing charges of writing dozens of fraudulent prescriptions for opioid medications. Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that Dr. Jennifer Farrell was indicted by a grand jury on charges of conspiracy to distribute narcotics and possession of controlled...

Fake doctors, pilfered medical records drive Oxy China sales

Nov. 20, 2019 9:28 AM EST

SHANGHAI (AP) — Thousands of lawsuits across the United States have accused a drug company owned by the billionaire Sackler family of using false claims to push highly addictive opioids on an unsuspecting nation, fueling the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history. Yet, even as its U.S. drugmaker collapses...

AP key findings about Mundipharma’s OxyContin sales in China

Nov. 20, 2019 1:02 AM EST

SHANGHAI (AP) — The Sackler family’s opioid empire in the United States is collapsing under an avalanche of litigation over marketing tactics. Their Purdue Pharma company is in bankruptcy, but the family continues to profit from sales of their signature painkiller OxyContin abroad. Sales reps at...

Fake doctors, misleading claims drive OxyContin China sales

Nov. 20, 2019 12:51 AM EST

SHANGHAI (AP) — OxyContin is a dying business in the United States. Purdue Pharma, owned by the billionaire Sackler family, is collapsing under an avalanche of lawsuits that accuse the company of using false claims to push its blockbuster painkiller in the U.S., profiting as an unsuspecting nation slipped...

Mundipharma is promoting OxyContin in China with claims its U.S. affiliate, Purdue Pharma, admitted in court were false

Nov. 20, 2019 12:02 AM EST
SHANGHAI (AP) — Mundipharma is promoting OxyContin in China with claims its U.S. affiliate, Purdue Pharma, admitted in court were false.