Hi I’m Annabelle Timsit, a Quartz journalist who uncovered how the US opioid marketing playbook is going global after investigating Mundipharma, the international arm of US-based Purdue Pharma. Ask me anything!
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Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin, recently declared bankruptcy as part of a tentative deal to settle more than 2,000 lawsuits alleging that they worsened the US opioid epidemic. I spent a year investigating Mundipharma, Purdue’s international arm, and the ways in which it promoted opioids overseas. I conducted interviews with Mundipharma-paid consultants, public health officials and advocates, and a former Purdue Pharma sales rep for Quartz’s documentary, How to Sell Drugs. I became interested in this topic after I visited the small town of Winchester, Virginia, to report on how a hospital was treating babies suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome because of the opioids their mothers took while pregnant. I’ve been at Quartz for a year and a half, and before that I was at The Atlantic. I recently was named one of the 30 journalists to watch under 30 in the UK for my health coverage. AMA!