The Supreme Court has sided with doctors who over-prescribed opioid painkillers to their patients, basically running “pill mills” from their practices. Mike Papantonio & Farron Cousins discuss more.


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Mike Papantonio:             The Supreme Court has sided with doctors over, who overprescribed opioid painkillers to their patients. They were running pill mills. That’s what it was. And as you know, we handled the national, we’re still in the process of handling this national opioid case that’s going on. And there’s no question that the pill mill doctors knew exactly what they were doing. They knew they were killing 150 people a day. They knew exactly what the ramifications were of selling fentanyl in, in numbers that were just staggering. But the Supreme Court justice Breyer of all people, justice Breyer says, well, they didn’t get a good jury instruction because there wasn’t enough, there wasn’t enough emphasis on intent beyond a reasonable doubt. Pick it up from there.

Farron Cousins:                  Yeah. Yeah, this is absolutely disgusting. I mean, you basically, you had this unanimous ruling.

Mike Papantonio:             Yeah.

Farron Cousins:                  You know, Breyer who now is gone from the court. Thank goodness.

Mike Papantonio:             Yeah.

Farron Cousins:                  But says, eh, a little unclear, you know, you couldn’t really prove the intent of these doctors.

Mike Papantonio:             Yeah. It was.

Farron Cousins:                  And all of the evidence says, no, the intent is clear. These doctors understood that you’re giving people enough fentanyl to kill them and kill several other people.

Mike Papantonio:             Mm-hmm.

Farron Cousins:                  there was no excuse. There was no reason or rationale for the amount of prescriptions these two doctors involved in this case were prescribing to their people.

Mike Papantonio:             Yeah.

Farron Cousins:                  This was clearly a way to get pills out there on the, the market.

Mike Papantonio:             Yeah. They had deals. Okay. They had deals with the distributors, the distributors, whether it was McKesson or AmerisourceBergen or Cardinal, they, they would pump pills into the pill mills. They would go to cities like, you know, where there’s a thousand people and sell 6 million pills through these doctors. These doctors were simply part from a RICO standpoint, they were simply part of that criminal conduct. And so I, I just, I, I looked at this decision on this. I go, wow.

Farron Cousins:                  Well, well, you know, and see, that’s the part of the, the story that I think a lot of people miss, you know, we know about the manufacturers. We, we know about the distributors of the medication.

Mike Papantonio:             Mm-hmm.

Farron Cousins:                  But people always forget, none of this is possible without that prescription from the doctor. That is where it originates and that is where this plan basically takes off from people like these.

Mike Papantonio:             The, the distributors would actually, they would search the country and they would have lists of who ran the pill mills. And they would put more emphasis in those doctors. They would, they would do everything they could to implement as much material, as much narcotic going to that doctor as they could. It was part of their plan. And these guys, they were part of it. And the Supreme Court says, ah, they didn’t get a good, there was no, no good jury instruction on that. Really?

Mike Papantonio is an American attorney and television and radio talk show host. He is past president of The National Trial Lawyers, the most prestigious trial lawyer association in America; and is one of the few living attorneys inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. He hosts the international television show "America's Lawyer"; and co-hosts Ring of Fire Radio, a nationally syndicated weekly radio program, with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Sam Seder.