Another CEO of Opioid Pusher Insys Resigns Over Scandal


The CEO of Insys Therapeutics has resigned amid the company’s ongoing opioid pay-for-play scandal.

On Monday, Insys released a statement announcing Saeed Motahari’s resignation, which it said was amicable, Bloomberg reported. Motahari was replaced by Andrew Long, who previously served as the company’s Chief Financial Officer.

Currently, the company is facing criminal litigation for its alleged role in a nationwide bribery scheme. According to prosecutors, Insys illegally paid doctors to get patients hooked on its fentanyl drug, the nasal spray Subsys. Motahari’s predecessor, former Insys CEO Michael Babich, pled guilty to conspiracy and fraud charges earlier this year.

The founder of Insys Therapeutics, billionaire John Kapoor, was charged in 2017 with drug racketeering, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and conspiracy to violate the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, which bans pharmaceutical companies from paying doctors to push their drugs. Kapoor resigned from Insys shortly after he was charged.

In addition to bank records, prosecutors also filed a rap video produced by Insys as evidence against the company. The video, which promoted Subsys and included the drug’s mascot, bites A$AP Rocky’s “Fuckin’ Problems.” In it, two rappers spit lyrics such as, “VIP service like they never seen/goin’ deeper than dead in a submarine,” and “build relationships that’re healthy/got more docs than Janelle [Monáe] got selfies.”