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.
Nearly a quarter of those prescribed opioids misuse them, with around 10 percent developing an addiction. Opioid addiction often leads to heroin use over time, often resulting in death.
But I knew they were. Because, you see…I've dealt with doctors who like to over prescribe medication before. I've dealt with opioids and what they do to someone. My mother died from opioid overdose. I am well aware.
— Susie (@SusieMC76) December 26, 2018
This will be our second Christmas without my brother. He died of an accidental opioid overdose on 6/3/2017. I miss him more than words can express.
Anybody out there missing someone this Christmas?
— CElken (@cselken) December 22, 2018
My son died from an overdose of heroin and fentenyl two years ago and what have done to try fentenyl from coming in from China? Getting cozy with China about trade. You have done nothing about our opioid problem. You are too wrapping up into yourself.
— Trudy Matz (@MatzTrudy) December 23, 2018
Because of rhetoric from President Donald Trump, many erroneously believe that the brunt of these drugs are being brought in from Mexico. For this reason, they believe a wall will curb the opioid crisis.
I made my donation. Appears to be on the up and up with a guarantee your money will be refunded if for some reason it can't be used for the wall.
I say go for it. 70,000 died from opioid drug od just last year. A… https://t.co/ZNw5BBiR3v
— Mike Jones (@elknc) December 21, 2018
Right there is where the opioid crisis begins! Also alot of illegal guns coming across. Building the wall will help curb both! #BuildTheWall
— The Silent Majority (@KyCountryGirl80) December 27, 2018
If Democrats cared about the opioid crisis, they would fund the Wall. It's time to compromise. https://t.co/n0nwc2L38k
— Bob (@p8riot) December 26, 2018
I urge you to put your money where your mouth is. If you really care about border security and the opioid crisis, fund the wall and work (in a bipartisan manner) to reform immigration laws.
— Lonn Elliott (@LonnElliott) December 22, 2018
However, as the Insys debacle indicates, insatiable drug companies and corrupt doctors pose more of a threat.
I thought these drugs were coming from Mexico? I’m so confused
— Jordan Borad (@jbayzzz) December 27, 2018
Drugs are pouring in over doctors orders…… errr…. I mean borders. Yeah, borders.
— Resist Corp. (@crypticcat) December 27, 2018
I think this sort of kickback is the norm not the exception… oh the joys of for profit medicine.
— Brandon Pierce (@brandonpierce) December 27, 2018
Babich will hopefully be a warning to those exploiting addiction for profits.