Former Insys executive who rapped as giant fentanyl bottle gets 26 months

Former Insys executive who rapped as giant fentanyl bottle gets 26 months

Former Insys executive who dressed as giant fentanyl bottle gets 26-month sentence By Jonathan Saltzman — Boston Globe January 23, 2020 An image from a video made in 2015 for an Insys Therapeutics sales staff meeting, according to federal prosecutors. Insys Therapeutics A former high-ranking Insys Therapeutics executive who dressed as a giant fentanyl spray bottle in a rap video that championed the firm’s addictive opioid painkiller was sentenced to 26 months in prison Thursday for conspiring to bribe doctors to prescribe the drug, despite a prosecutor’s plea for a lighter sentence. Assistant U.S. Attorney Fred Wyshak sought only 20 months for Alec Burlakoff, who became a star witness for the government. Without the cooperation of the former vice president of sales, Wyshak said, it would have been hard, if not impossible, for prosecutors to convict five other former Insys executives at last year’s trial of bribing doctors to prescribe the painkiller to patients who shouldn’t have gotten it. Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT Plus. To get you started, enjoy 50% off your first 3 months! Log In | Learn More What is it? STAT Plus is STAT's premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. What's included? The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day Online intelligence briefings Frequent opportunities to engage with veteran beat reporters and industry experts Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more



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