‘He died over 30 years ago, and he’s the scapegoat’

“He would have made them change the [promotions] immediately. Even if they did say, ‘Here’s a study,’ he would have said, ‘This study is a fraud.’ ’’ Dame Jillian Sackler, describing her belief that her husband would have prevented Purdue Pharma from creating misleading OxyContin promotions based on allegedly skimpy evidence.


laments that these facts are lost in the public debate. She has found it difficult to separate her husband’s name, she said, from the damage wrought by OxyContin. In media coverage, she often finds Arthur lumped together with his younger brothers,...

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