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How Insys Therapeutics Bribed Doctors and Made Millions

24 Jan 2020
Opioid maker Insys Therapeutics bribed doctors to prescribe a drug that’s stronger than heroin. It’s been linked to hundreds of deaths. Speaking publicly for the first time since the criminal trial against Insys executives began, the company’s former VP of sales explains how he ran the scheme.

Sales reps with “almost no conscience.” Vulnerable doctors. Quid pro quos. In his own words, WATCH what Alec Burlakoff says about how Insys bribed doctors to prescribe the opioid painkiller Subsys — and read more about the prison sentencing of Burlakoff and other Insys executives.

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A full documentary and podcast investigating Insys Therapeutics, from FRONTLINE and The Financial Times, comes to PBS in the spring of 2020.

Director: Thomas Jennings
Producers: Annie Wong, Nick Verbitsky
Associate Producer: Rebecca Blandon
Line Producer: Julie Rasquin
Camera: John Baynard
Audio: John O'Connor
Editors: Miles Alvord and Pascal Akesson
Music: Griffin Jennings

Director of Digital Video: Carla Borrás
Managing Editor: Andrew Metz
Executive Producer: Raney Aronson-Rath


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