On March 9th, North Providence Doctor Jerrold N. Rosenberg was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison on charges of health care fraud, conspiracy to solicit or accept kickbacks, and receipt of kickbacks from the drug company Insys Therapeutics.
Insys Therapeutics is the manufacturer of Subsys – a highly potent, highly addictive sublingual spray version of the opioid painkiller drug Fentanyl. The founder and majority shareholder of Insys Therapeutics was charged late last year with fraud and with leading a nationwide conspiracy to profit illegally by offering doctors bribes and kickbacks to prescribe their drug.
The FDA approved Subsys in 2012 “for the management of breakthrough pain in adult cancer patients who are already receiving and who are tolerant to around-the-clock opioid therapy for their underlying persistent cancer pain.” In other words, this dangerous and highly addictive drug was intended to be prescribed only to treat pain in cancer patients who were unresponsive to safer versions of opioid painkillers.
A jury found Dr. Rosenberg guilty of accepting these bribes and kickbacks from the company and of prescribing the drug Subsys for off-label purposes.
Daisy Medina, one of the victims of this heinous greed, told the court at Rosenberg’s sentencing, “I’m very upset that they keep calling him a doctor — a doctor makes an oath … I never touched drugs. He made me a junkie.” Medina went on to report that when she asked Rosenberg to help her get off the drug, he told her to “stop being a baby”.
Marasco & Nesselbush is deeply concerned about the current opioid epidemic in our community. The state of Rhode Island saw 207 deaths due to Fentanyl overdoses in 2017 alone. When individuals like Rosenberg show utter disregard for their patients, their community, and their oath to do no harm, we stand up and take action.
Marasco & Nesselbush currently represent victims of Dr. Rosenberg and of Insys Therapeutics. If you or someone you know was treated by Dr. Rosenberg or by another doctor and were prescribed Subsys, we urge you to contact our firm immediately.
Addiction ruins lives and recovery often requires tremendous resources, both emotional and financial. Together, we can hold responsible parties accountable and recover monetary damages.
Call us today at 401-274-7400 for a consultation about your case. It’s absolutely free and you won’t have to pay anything until your case is settled and you receive compensation.