PURDUE Pharma is one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world.
They are also the subject of a new Hulu show called Dopesick which explores how one company alone was able to trigger one of the worst drug epidemics in American history.
What is Purdue Pharma?
Established in 1892, Purdue Pharma L.P. is known as an American pharmaceutical company.
The company is known for developing, manufacturing and marketing multiple medications and consumer health products to companies across the United States.
Some of the most common drugs made by the company include hydromorphone, fentanyl, codeine, and hydrocodone.
The company is also famously known for making OxyContin, one of the deadliest opioids today.
Who owns the company?
The company is owned by the Sackler family, one of the world’s richest families.
As of 2021, the Sackler’s are worth an estimated $13billion.
Over the years, the Sacklers have been at the center of the opioid endemic, with many people believing they are responsible.
As a result, the company and family have had multiple lawsuits filed against them.
How does Hulu’s Dopesick relate to Purdue Pharma?
Hulu’s Dopesick is a chilling story about the opioid addiction crisis.
Within the series, they explore multiple angles from doctors and patients who use the drug to prosecutors and law enforcement who have been trying to hold Purdue Pharma accountable.
Dopesick explores Purdue Pharma’s practices and how the Sackler family was able to build an empire off of the drug.
“This series is the trial that should have happened,” producer Danny Strong said via The New York Times. “What takes the story to a profound place is that it is about the dark side of American capitalism, where you have the collusion of government and industry.”
The show is based off the book written by Beth Macy and stars Michael Keaton.
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