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Insys files for bankruptcy on the heels of $225M kickback settlement with the feds

June 10, 2019 / Kyle Blankenship

When Insys Therapeutics settled with the feds for a whopping $225 million last week on federal kickback charges, the drugmaker hoped it had put its troubled past behind it. Turns out that was only the tip of the iceberg for the embattled opioid maker. Insys filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday on the heels of an agreement with the Department of Justice to shell out civil and criminal penalties to tie up charges the company paid doctors to boost scripts of its powerful fentanyl spray Subsys. The Arizona-based drugmaker will look to sell almost all of its assets within 90 days without interrupting payments to vendors and suppliers or normal operations, the company said in a release. “After conducting a thorough review of available strategic alternatives, we determined that a court-supervised sale process is the best course of action to maximize the value of our assets and address our legacy legal challenges in a fair and transparent manner,” Insys CEO Andrew Long said. In p...