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Insys Therapeutics boss Sunrise Lee kicked the doctor off on drug cost payments, the witness says



Boston – A former drug company accused of having participated in a plan to bribe physicians to prescribe a potent analgesic once gave a doctor a lap in which The company put pressure on the drug, her former colleague said on Tuesday.

The jurors heard the statement on the second day of federal trials in Boston against the founder of Insys Therapeutics John Kapoor and four other former executive employees. This includes Sunrise Lee, whom the prosecution described as a former exotic dancer hired as a regional sales manager, even though she had no experience in the pharmaceutical world.

  Sunrise Lee, a former Regional Sales Manager of Insys Therapeutics Inc., resigns. The Federal Court in Boston
Sunrise Lee, a former Regional Sales Manager of Insys Therapeutics Inc., leaves the Federal Court in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, on May 29 January 2019.

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Those responsible are charged for compensating for the pay of physicians with kickbacks in the form of fees for sham-red events, which other doctors were offered as an opportunity to learn about the drug, a high-potency fentanyl spray. In fact, according to the prosecutors, the events were mainly social gatherings for doctors and their friends to enjoy a fancy meal.

The lawyers of Kapoor (75) and the others have denied all wrongdoing. Kapoor's lawyers told the jury on Monday that the court case was opened that Alec Burlakoff, the former vice president of sales, staged criminal activities pleading guilty to the kickback program and likely to testify against Kapoor To follow those who are claimed to be fueling the deadly drug crisis.

Kapoor manufactures Subsys a fentanyl spray approved only for severe cancer pain. The prosecution said that Kapoor helped plan a plan to bribe doctors with bribes for non-cancer patients, Jim Axelrod of CBS News reported.

Holly Brown, acting as the sales representative for Insys, told the judges that her superiors encouraged her to focus on a doctor who was known to have prescribed many opioids in Chicago and northwest Indiana. Brown said she was worried about Dr. Paul Madison. He described his office as a "dodgy operation" as he ran out of a "dingy mall in a not so nice area of ​​the city." Nevertheless, Madison became a spokesman for Insys and began to get paid, Brown said. She said she was having trouble getting other doctors invited to Madison's lectures because of his disgusting reputation. Madison would invite his friends.

"The idea was that this was not really meant as a training program, but they should be rewards essentially for the doctors," said Brown.

Brown described a Chicago dinner that went to a club called The Underground with Lee, Madison, and another sales representative. At one point in time, Brown said, she saw Lee sitting on Madison's lap and "jumping around," with Madison's hands inappropriately resting on Lee's ribcage.

Lee's attorney Peter Hortsman denied the allegation on Monday after his indictment had mentioned it and accused her of "objectifying it in the same way as Alec Burlakoff and Dr. Madison," reported The Boston Globe.

On Tuesday, Hortsman tried to show that Brown's memory was flawed, noting that everyone had drunk it. He also urged Brown on whether she had been warned that Madison had a "certain reputation among female salespeople" and whether it seemed that Madison Lee was "taking advantage" of the club. Brown said she had been warned and agreed with the latter statement.

Madison was convicted this fall of an unrelated affair for a variety of charges, including health fraud. He is to be sentenced in March. Madison's lawyer said his client did not comment on Tuesday.

CBS News reported that Insys made 18,000 payments to physicians in 2016, totaling more than $ 2 million. CBS News has identified headache doctors, back pain specialists, and even a psychiatrist who has received thousands of dollars to promote the drug.

The testimony will continue on Wednesday in the trial, which could take more than three months.


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