One of the main reasons OxyContin addicts turn to heroin: price. Oxy dealers rake in lots of cash by capitalizing on this fact. Nathaniel Newhouse, however, took this to a new level, recruiting HIV-positive patients to fill prescriptions for Oxy and other lucrative painkillers. Now, he’s appealing his 8-year prison sentence, according to court documents.
A federal jury found Newhouse guilty in May 2010 of using the patients, who were Medicare beneficiaries, to obtain bottles of Oxy and other narcotics for a few dollars each. He paid the patients $300 per trip to the pharmacy, but the insurers were billed nearly $1,000 and Newhouse then resold the drugs for many times that amount.
But let’s not forget the biggest profit-reaper of all: Oxy’s maker, Purdue Pharma. Oxy sales totaled more than $3 billion in 2009 in the U.S., making it the nation’s eighth most popular drug, according to this article. The drug comprises about 70% of Purdue’s annual profits.
Oxy Watchdog will be following Newhouse’s appeal as it progresses.
Read more about Newhouse’s conviction here.