Friday, July 6, 2018

Purdue Pharma Lays Off Entire Sales Force

Back on June 20, Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, laid off its entire sales force.  There are a couple of things at play here:

  1. Given the bad publicity, OxyContin demand is nothing like it has been in the past
  2. More importantly, these are the people complicit in the deaths of thousands of Americans
The addictive properties of OxyContin are off the charts, as are the deaths the drug is directly responsible for.  Both data points have been known for years.  Despite that, the sales foot remained on the floor; death of innocents be damned.

This kind of wanton negligence is the stuff of Upton Sinclair (and that's as close as this blog is ever going to get to an avowed Socialist).  

The sales team will land elsewhere.  How they can sleep at night is really the only question that remains.  Oh, sure, there are higher ups in Purdue that did worse, but it really doesn't matter how much blood is on one's hands.  

Blood is blood. 

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