McKinsey Faces Criminal Probe Over Alleged Role in Fueling Opioid Sales

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McKinsey & Company, the renowned international consulting firm, is under scrutiny as federal prosecutors go deep into its involvement in bolstering the sale of opioids by pharmaceutical companies.

This investigation, led by the U.S. attorneys’ offices in Massachusetts and the Western District of Virginia, in conjunction with the department’s civil division in Washington, aims to shed light on McKinsey’s role in maximizing the sale of painkillers like OxyContin.

In recent years, McKinsey has faced mounting legal challenges related to its work with opioid manufacturers, particularly Purdue Pharma, the producer of OxyContin.

McKinsey’s recommendations to Purdue to “turbocharge” its sales of the drug amid the opioid crisis have raised serious concerns, given the devastating toll the crisis has exacted on countless Americans.

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The Consulting Firm Has Reached Agreements With 49 States Because Of Its Sales Advice To Drugmakers, Including Purdue Pharma, The Manufacturer Of Oxycontin.

Despite reaching settlements amounting to about $1 billion since 2021, McKinsey has not admitted any wrongdoing in connection with its opioid-related consulting.

The latest revelation of a criminal investigation underscores the severity of the allegations against the firm.

The probe has been ongoing for several years, with pharmaceutical companies like Endo and Mallinckrodt also being drawn into the scrutiny.

Federal prosecutors are examining whether McKinsey obstructed justice in handling relevant records, adding another layer of complexity to the investigation.

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Notably, senior McKinsey consultants expressed concerns about potential accountability for their opioid-related work as early as 2018.

Emails revealing discussions about the elimination of documents and emails related to opioids have further intensified scrutiny of the firm’s actions.

While McKinsey made substantial profits from advising Purdue Pharma, amounting to around $86 million, it announced in 2019 that it would cease advising clients on opioid-related business. However, the lingering questions surrounding its past engagements continue to haunt the firm.

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Amidst the investigation, McKinsey declined to comment, and the Justice Department has refrained from providing any official statements on the case.

As the legal proceedings unfold, the outcome of the investigation will undoubtedly have far-reaching implications for McKinsey and its reputation in the consulting industry.

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