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This Strung-Out Dope Pusher Peddled Pills for Big Pharma

A sales manager for drug maker Insys had a secret: He was addicted to the potent opioid he was pushing doctors to prescribe. And guess what helped.

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Sales executive for opioid maker was addicted to the drug he promoted

As a district sales manager for Insys Therapeutics, Jeffrey Pearlman led a team that aggressively pushed doctors to widely prescribe the company's highly addictive opioid painkiller Subsys. He even threatened to stop paying a nurse speaking fees if she didn't help boost sales of the drug, emails show. All the while, Pearlman held a secret: He…

David Armstrong is a senior enterprise reporter for STAT. Armstrong previously worked as an investigative reporter at Bloomberg News, The Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Globe. 

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