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In Opioid Trial, Pharmaceutical Executive John Kapoor Sentenced To 5.5 Years

• By Gabrielle Emanuel

Kapoor did not make a statement after his sentencing.

The 76-year-old is the founder of Insys Therapeutics, which made and aggressively marketed a potent opioid painkiller. Kapoor and four other executives were found guilty of orchestrating a criminal conspiracy to bribe doctors to prescribe their medication, including to patients who did not need it, and then lying to insurance companies to make sure the costly medication was covered. Two other executives pleaded guilty and became cooperating witnesses.

"I never wanted Subsys to be prescribed to patients who did not need it," Kapoor said during the proceedings to family membes of those who died from the drug's use. "I listened to you and, from my heart to you and your families, I am so sorry for your suffering."