I just can’t resist posting more of the news coming from the trial that Kolodny is starring in.
Attorneys defending Johnson & Johnson on Monday fended off accusations their client caused an addiction crisis and shifted attention onto Purdue Pharma, while also noting a plaintiffs expert is being paid upward of $500,000 for his testimony.
He’s quite the hypocrite, accusing pain patient groups of being mere “fronts” for the pharmaceutical opioid sellers from which they accept donations. I’m delighted to see his testimony dismissed as the unhinged anti-opioid zealotry it really is.
This came during the beginning of the fourth week of trial in Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter’s lawsuit against makers and distributors of opioids. Michael Yoder, the attorney for Johnson & Johnson, asked Dr. Andrew Kolodny if he thought the J&J opioid pill Nucynta helped cause the opioid crisis.
According to charts exhibited in the trial, the rate of overdose deaths from opioids peaked between the years 2008 to 2014.
Kolodny, considered a leading advocate for reform in the prescribing of opioid drugs, testified last week before attorneys for both sides and again on Monday.
Being “considered a leading advocate” has nothing to do with factual testimony and brands him as a fiercely opinionated, fact-free fanatic.
Yoder asked Kolodny about his writings in 2015 in an article about the sharp rise in the prescription opioid crisis, in which he said the crisis was brought about by a “multi-faceted” advertising campaign. Yoder said no mention was made in the article about Johnson & Johnson’s opioid timed-release fentanyl patch Duragesic.
“I was not aware (yet) of Johnson & Johnson’s wrongdoing,” he said.
This sounds like he thinks he’s starring in a made-for-TV courtroom drama.
He said what helped fuel the drug crisis in Oklahoma was an “unbranded” advertising campaign (no specific brand mentioned) to pave the way for greater sales and prescriptions of opioids.
Yoder exhibited payments from Janssen for key opinion leaders (KOL’s) including doctors to serve as speakers and advisors on drugs like Nucynta at the time the drug was launched. Some of the payments ranged from approximately $2,000 to $35,000 for a year.
Yoder compared it to what he said was Kolodny’s high rate of pay as an expert for the state.
“The state (Oklahoma) paid you over $500,000?” he asked. “My established range was $300,000 to $500,000,” Kolodny said.
“It’s correct that it’s more than these individuals (KOL’s).”
Yoder took issue with Kolodny’s reference to Johnson & Johnson as a drug “kingpin,” saying he had used the term in a tweet. Kolodny said state attorneys had first used the term.
“Do you believe that it’s (J&J) a kingpin of illicit drugs, is that your testimony?” Yoder asked.
“That’s what I believe a kingpin is,” Kolodny answered.
Right there, he’s spouting nonsense: a pharmaceutical company, by definition, doesn’t sell “illicit drugs” and the word “kingpin” isn’t a factual term that can be used in a trial. It’s a pejorative word he’s carelessly slapped on all makers of legal opioid medications.
I think they’re setting him up, provoking him to state progressively more unfounded beliefs that they will then meticulously pick apart and prove wrong. He’s so full of himself he doesn’t see the trap he’s walking into.
I can’t wait to hear his fundamentalist anti-opioid nonsense torn apart and finally discarded.