President Trump just called for giving the death penalty to drug dealers — but does that pertain to pharma CEOs?
“I’m not sure how, exactly, executing people will solve a public health crisis,” Great Moments in Weed History’s David Bienenstock stated. “My personal view of the death penalty is that in a just world, we wouldn’t need it, and in an unjust would, we shouldn’t have it. But hey, if we’re going to start putting drug dealers in the electric chair, I’ve got the perfect guy.”
The guilty party Bienenstock alluded to is John Kapoor — the billionaire former CEO of Insys Therapeutics who was arrested by the FBI is October for an alleged scheme to “Lead a nationwide conspiracy to bribe medical practitioners to unnecessarily prescribe a fentanyl-based pain medication and defraud healthcare insures.”
Along with Kapoor, at least 7 other Insys executives have been arrested and currently face federal charges. At the time of these alleged crimes the accused pushed Subsys on patients, which is a highly addictive opioid agonist used for breakthrough pain in cancer patients.
Based on their aggressive peddling of the highly addictive product, Kapoor and the other Insys execs were essentially running a drug cartel — but these people are likely not who Trump was thinking about when he pitched his deadly idea.