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UB alumnus sentenced to more than five years in prison for bribery and kickback scheme

Posted at 5:39 PM, Jan 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-23 20:41:36-05

BOSTON (AP) — A prominent University at Buffalo alumnus and donor who went on to found an Arizona pharmaceutical company has been sentenced to 5 and-a-half years in prison for his role in a bribery and kickback scheme that prosecutors said helped fuel the opioid crisis.

John Kapoor, the 76-year-old former chairman of Insys Therapeutics, was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Boston. Kapoor and others were accused of paying millions of dollars in bribes to doctors across the nation to prescribe the company’s highly addictive fentanyl spray, known as Subsys.

The case is considered the first that sought to hold an opioid maker criminally liable for the drug crisis, which has claimed nearly 400,000 lives over the last two decades.

Last year, the UB Council removed Kapoor's name from the pharmacy school and rename Kapoor Hall.