Early Physician Ally Will Serve as Witness Against Drug Manufacturers

SARA E. TELLER | April 19, 2019

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Dr. Russell Portenoy, a professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and an early physician ally of Purdue Pharma LP. whose views helped drive the push for addictive pain relievers for common aches and pains in the United States, has agreed to act as a witness and testify against the OxyContin maker and other drug manufacturers.  Portenoy, who has held leadership positions at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Mount Sinai Beth Israel, openly advocated for the use of opioids in medical journal articles, with regulators, at physician functions.  He also was named as a defendant in some of the lawsuits filed by cities, counties and states seeking remedies from Endo and Mallinckrodt Plc, and their distributors.

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