American drug company founder convicted in opioid case

Accused of bribing doctors to sell more fentanyl

There’s another drug company conviction in the U.S. over the opioid crisis.

The 76-year-old founder of Insys Therapeutics has been found guilty of Racketeering after bribing doctors with cash and strippers to boost sales of a fentanyl spray meant for cancer patients with severe pain.

Court heard John Kapoor employed tactics such as using a stripper-turned-sales rep to give a physician a lap dance.

Four others, including a former CEO and a stripper, were also convicted.

The charges carry up to 20 years in prison.

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The case is part of the U.S. government’s effort to go after those it veiws as responsible for fuelling the opioid crisis.