The former head of Insys Therapeutics will plead guilty for his part in bribing doctors to prescribe a powerful opioid in an effort to increase the drug’s sales.
Federal prosecutors in Boston revealed that Michael Babich will plead guilty to conspiracy and mail fraud.
In addition to Babich, five other Insys employees are embroiled in the bribery efforts but have pleaded not guilty.
The drug Babich was pushing doctors to sell was Subsys, which contains fentanyl—an opioid 100 times more potent than morphine. With over 100 people a day dying due to opioid overdoses and millions more battling addiction these substances, Insys’s efforts effectively put lives at risk to satiate the greed of its executives.
NBC News: The former CEO of Insys, Michael Babich, has agreed to plead guilty in a major opiate drug case.
He will plead guilty to conspiracy and mail & wire fraud on January 9th.
The case involves bribes and kickbacks for doctors in return for prescribing patients Subsys.
— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) December 26, 2018
For this reason, many are hoping Babich gets a maximum sentence.
Charge him with murder of anyone who died because of him.
— Debbie 🇺🇸🌊 #GlovesOff (@debsaok) December 27, 2018
Will he see hard time? Pot smokers have been forced to endure lengthy sentences in nastier prisons. Cannabis cannot kill. Babich was CEO. Should go to Shawshank for life. Prolly fine + probation, maybe a year or so in same place as Jeffrey Epstein?😠 How many died in this case?
— (((Liz Mitchell))) (@GretngsFrmEarth) December 27, 2018
Charges need to be brought against all doctors that accepted bribes and both should get over 15 years in prison. This is horrendous!
— Valhalla (@livevalhalla) December 27, 2018
He should be charged with murder. Seriously. His actions caused the deaths of others.
— FDMillet (@FrancisDMillet) December 27, 2018
The opioid crisis has brought pain and hardship to Americans everywhere.