Drug-company founder gets 5 years for opioid-spray bribery scheme

Image: John Kapoor

Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor arrives for sentencing at federal court in Boston on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020.Charles Krupa / AP

John Kapoor, the 76-year-old founder of Insys Therapeutics, was sentenced Thursday to five and a half years in prison for contributing to the opioid crisis.

Kapoor was convicted of racketeering last May after a 10-week trial. Prosecutors said Kapoor ran a bribery and kickback scheme that involved millions of dollars paid out to get doctors to prescribe the Arizona pharmaceutical company’s highly addictive fentanyl spray, Subsys, a painkiller for cancer patients.

Bribes were disguised as sham speaking engagements. “Kapoor ran Insys without a moral compass,” prosecutors wrote in recent court documents.

Kapoor’s lawyers said other executives developed the bribery scheme.

The India-born Kapoor, they said, developed the drug after his wife died from breast cancer.

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