Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA) and Congressman Hal Rogers (R-KY) are calling for the World Health Organization to prevent Mundipharma International, the international arm of Purdue Pharmaceuticals, from fueling a worldwide opioid epidemic. In a letter to World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan, Clark and Rogers detail how Purdue and its partners “helped spark a public health crisis in the United States that will take generations to fully repair,” and how Mundipharma is now pursuing the same deadly marketing strategy internationally. The letter also emphasizes that Purdue’s misleading and aggressive marketing of the painkiller OxyContin set off America’s opioid crisis in the late 1990s. Clark and Rogers warn the World Health Organization that growing scrutiny and diminishing sales in the U.S. have led Purdue’s owners to move toward aggressively marketing OxyContin internationally through Mundipharma, and urge the WHO to learn from America’s experience and rein in Mundipharma’s reckless and dangerous practices.
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