The Charges Against Indivior
On April 9, 2019, a grand jury in Virginia accused Indivior of conducting an illicit scheme to drive Suboxone sales. Prosecutors have charged Indivior with both fraud and conspiracy. They claim that the drug is prone to abuse and that Indivior not only did nothing to stop the abuse but actually misled the medical community in order to drive sales.
The Department of Justice (DoJ) is currently demanding Indivior to pay up at least $3 billion in fines. This is shocking, as the company only has a market value of £202 million. This paints a bleak picture of the company’s future.
According to the indictment, Indivior made numerous claims of the efficacy of Suboxone without any scientific evidence to support those claims. The DoJ has also claimed that Indivior deceived and intentionally misled health care providers into believing that Suboxone Film was a safer and less divertible option. Indivior also made it seem as if Suboxone Film was less abusable. All of these claims are false according to the prosecutors.
They further claim that the company used a “Here to Help Program” to further drive up their sales. This scheme encouraged physicians to prescribe Suboxone Film. They used this program to connect patients with doctors who prescribed their product. They also encouraged physicians to prescribe a higher dose than allowed and in “suspicious circumstances”.
“Indivior promoted [Suboxone] with a disregard for the truth about its safety and despite known risks of diversion and abuse.”
~ Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt
Prosecutors claim that Indivior’s malicious actions have led it to become a huge contributor to the nation’s opioid epidemic.
Brian Mann, a reporter with North Country Public Radio, has been following the opioid crisis and this case. Here’s a recording of an interview that he recently had about the situation: