Arizona sues Insys Therapeutics, three doctors over improper marketing and prescribing of synthetic opioid
"Arizona has joined the list of states accusing Chandler-based Insys Therapeutics of improperly marketing Subsys, a powerful synthetic opioid spray.
In addition to Insys, the Arizona lawsuit named three top-prescribing doctors — Steve Fanto, Nikesh Seth and Sheldon Gingerich — who accounted for nearly two-thirds of Subsys' $51.9 million worth of prescriptions dispensed in Arizona from March 2012 through April 2017.
The lawsuit alleges that Insys, Burlakoff and Gurrieri engaged in deceptive and unfair acts in the marketing of prescription drugs in violation of the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act.
The lawsuit additionally claims that the three doctors engaged in deceptive and unfair acts by concealing or omitting facts when prescribing Subsys to their patients."
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