Former Chandler opioid company founder sentenced to 66 months in prison

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Posted at 4:08 PM, Jan 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-23 18:08:53-05

CHANDLER — Insys Therapeutics Inc. founder John Kapoor was sentenced to 66 months in federal prison Thursday, the result of his conviction of conspiring with other executives to fuel the spread of the Chandler company's opioid drug.

Kapoor, once one of the richest men in Arizona, is among five executives convicted last year of conspiring to bribe doctors to prescribe the company's drug Subsys, according to NPR.

Originally used for cancer patients, Subsys began to be prescribed for other uses and was among several drugs cited within a national opioid crisis.

The sentence is among the first for federal prosecutors trying to tie the opioid epidemic back to companies that pushed the spread of their drugs.

Read more on the Phoenix Business Journal.