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Thursday, April 18, 2024

UCSF-JHU Opioid Industry Documents Archive Announces National Symposium

The Opioid Industry Documents Archive (OIDA) is hosting a national symposium, Monday, May 13 through Thursday, May 16, noon-2:30 PM (ET) / 9:00 AM-11:30 AM (PT). This unique symposium offers a series of complementary panels that will demonstrate OIDA’s value in addressing fundamental questions of importance to health policy experts, archivists and historians.


Dates: Monday, May 13 through Thursday, May 16 – each day noon to 2:30 PM ET

Day 1: Health Policy and Law (Monday, May 13)

  • Keith Ellison, Minnesota Attorney General’s Office
  • Regina LaBelle, Georgetown University

This group of experts will explore how laws and policies are being developed to prevent further harms from the opioid crisis, and the critical role of document disclosure as a means to improve public health.

Day 2: Information Science (Tuesday, May 14)

  • Laurie Allen, Library of Congress
  • Rob Sanderson, Yale University
  • Ben Lee, University of Washington

In the digital age, organizational records are being produced on a scale that dwarfs physical archives and even digital archives based only on electronic documents. Speakers will talk about the challenges and opportunities of managing and providing access to massive digital collections like OIDA.

Day 3:History and Science of Medicine (Thursday, May 16)

  • David Courtwright, University of North Florida
  • Antoine Lentacker, University of California, Riverside
  • Liz Chiarello, Saint Louis University

This interdisciplinary panel will discuss the ways in which OIDA collections are an important gateway into telling new stories and developing new analyses about one of the most impactful drug epidemics in U.S. history.

For more details on speakers and how to register, please visit
Thursday, March 07, 2024

UCSF-JHU Opioid Industry Documents Archive Launches OIDA Curriculum Library

The Opioid Industry Documents Archive (OIDA), a collaborative undertaking between the University of California, San Francisco and Johns Hopkins University, announces the launch of the OIDA Curriculum Library, a resource created to facilitate use of OIDA documents in the classroom.

The OIDA Curriculum Library provides materials that introduce students at the undergraduate and graduate level to the role of corporate tactics in the opioid crisis as demonstrated by documents held in the Archive. The Library contains lectures and classroom activities of various lengths that provide an overview of the opioid crisis and specifically address the corporate marketing strategies used by pharmaceutical and consulting companies involved in the manufacturing, sales and distribution of opioids.

"Through the Library, we hope to make accessible to students these documents that corporations have kept secret until they were exposed through litigation," said Dr. Cecília Tomori, associate professor and director of Global Public Health and Community Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, with a joint appointment at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. "It's my hope that the Curriculum Library makes it easy for faculty to motivate their students to delve deeper into the documents and use them in the service of improving our current response to the opioid crisis and to prevent future ones."

The Curriculum Library also contains an annotated bibliography of relevant resources—scholarly articles, books, investigative journalism, documentaries, etc.—for use in the classroom. These materials have been pilot tested and refined by the OIDA team in a variety of courses ranging from undergraduate and graduate level public health courses to courses on substance use and health policy for health professionals such as medical and nursing students.

“The US opioid crisis is one of the worst public health disasters to date, claiming more lives since 1999 than in the worst of the HIV/AIDs epidemic,” said Dr. Kelly Ray Knight, professor at the UCSF School of Medicine. “It is critical that students understand the behaviors of industry and regulators that created the opioid crisis through these newly developed OIDA educational materials. These are the commercial determinants of health that set in motion the conditions under which hundreds of thousands of American lives are still lost every year.”

“The archive brings to life for students the complexity and challenges of policy making in a world of intrenched interests,” said John Colmers, Johns Hopkins Medicine vice president for health care transformation and strategic planning, former Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), and senior associate in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “The legacy of the discovery from the successful litigation will live long in the public domain, and it can be used to arm the next generation of public health leaders for the challenges ahead.”

OIDA was launched by UCSF and Johns Hopkins in March 2021 as a free public resource. The digital repository includes publicly disclosed documents arising from litigation brought against opioid manufacturers, distributors, pharmacies and consultants by local and state governments and tribal communities.

The Archive contains more than 12.6 million pages in 3 million documents and is expected to continue to grow for years to come. Documents are full-text searchable and include an array of relevant materials from many different companies, including emails, memos, presentations, sales reports, budgets, audit reports, Drug Enforcement Administration briefings, meeting agendas and minutes, expert witness reports and trial transcripts.

OIDA may be of use to many different parties, including individuals and communities harmed by the opioid crisis, as well as the media, health care practitioners, students, lawyers, and researchers. Major news outlets such as the New York Times and academic resources like Evidence & Policy and the American Journal of Public Health have published investigative reports and analysis using OIDA documents.

To learn more and access the OIDA Curriculum Library, visit

Friday, March 01, 2024

New JUUL Labs Documents and Opioid Industry Documents Posted

Tobacco Industry Documents

253,000 new documents were added to the JUUL Labs Collection today! These documents come to us from JUUL Lab's 2021 settlement with North Carolina.
UNC-Chapel Hill and UCSF will continue to publish the remaining documents monthly, concluding the project in 2025.
Screenshot from JUUL Labs presentation on influencer events - document lpyv0284

Opioid Industry Documents

We have added a new collection, the US v. Doud Litigation Documents.
On February 2, 2022, a jury convicted Laurence F. Doud III of conspiring to unlawfully distribute oxycodone and fentanyl and of conspiring to defraud the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). He was sentenced to 27 months in prison.
Doud was charged for actions related to his role as CEO of pharmaceutical distributor Rochester Drug Cooperative (“RDC”) between 2012 and 2017. Doud and other defendants with RDC failed to report suspicious pharmacy orders (such as unusual sales volumes, cash purchases, and out-of-state purchasers) to the DEA, misrepresented RDC’s adherence to written compliance policies and procedures, and failed to conduct due diligence on new customers who purchased opioids and other narcotics.
The records in this collection were provided to OIDA by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Documents in the collection include email correspondence, DEA reports and reporting logs, pharmacy order records, Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders System (ARCOS) reports, as well as call logs and transcripts. The documents detail the wholesale distribution process, sales and market share information of wholesalers, as well as compliance and audit reports submitted to the DEA.

Education and Research Updates

2023 Carol Weiss Prize -
Congratulations to Brian W. Gac, Hanna Yakubi & UCSF Professor Dorie Apollonio! Their paper in Evidence & Policy, based upon files in the Opioid Industry Documents Archive, was selected as recipient of the journal's 2023 Carol Weiss Prize recognizing outstanding contributions from early career scholars. The editorial board "appreciated the authors' innovative use of an enormous corpus of documents to explore the (in this case, problematic) intersection of evidence and policy in ways that would not be possible through direct surveys or interviews."

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

January 2024 - New OIDA collection - NY Litigation Documents

We have added a new collection, the NY Litigation Documents.

The records in this collection were provided to OIDA by the Simmons Hanly Conroy law firm and consist of pleadings and trial exhibits from coordinated litigation for the three cases contained in In re Opioid Litigation: County of Suffolk v. Purdue Pharma LP et al., County of Nassau v. Purdue Pharma LP et al., and State of New York v. Purdue Pharma. The allegations from the combined cases are that manufacturers including Purdue, Teva and Johnson & Johnson; distributors including Amerisource and McKesson; pharmacies including CVS and Walgreens; and individuals including several members of the Sackler family, engaged in deceptive business practices, false advertising, creating a public nuisance, violation of the New York Social Services law, fraud, unjust enrichment, and negligence.

The only defendants that did not settle before trial were Allergan, and Teva and its subsidiaries: Cephalon, Actavis, Anda and Watson Laboratories. On the eve of closing arguments, Allergan settled for $200 million. A verdict was delivered against Teva et al. for creating a public nuisance on December 30, 2021. Teva later settled the claims for $523 million.

The documents consist of emails; distributor agreements between Purdue and Anda, and Purdue and Watson; Suffolk County statistics on overdoses and deaths; marketing plans; sales training materials; compliance and audit reports; correspondence to and from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); and scholarly articles, sales data, suspicious order monitoring (SOM) reports, board meeting minutes, standard operating procedure documentation, settlement agreements, and expert reports (Dr. Craig McCann, Rob Lyerla).

New OIDA Research Tools

Navigate to our Insys Litigation Documents collection page to access new guides:
Please let us know if you have any upcoming publications or presentations that use IDL documents—we'd love to share them!

Education & Research Updates

Apply Now - New Post-Doc Fellowship!

We are recruiting another post-doctoral scholar funded through the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education (CTCRE) at UCSF to work on research and community engagement for the Opioid Industry Documents Archive (OIDA).

This postdoctoral scholar will be offered research and grant-writing training through the CTCRE’s robust program. The scholar will have the opportunity to develop their own OIDA-relevant research projects and participate in the development and implementation of community engagement activities with local and national groups directly responding to the opioid overdose crisis and currently unfolding opioid settlement activities.
Applications due January 31, 2024.

More information and applications.

Apply Now - New UCSF Library Artist in Residence

The UCSF Library Archives and Special Collections are accepting proposals for the fifth annual UCSF Library Artist in Residence program.

The UCSF Library Artist in Residence award will be given to a candidate with a degree in Studio Arts or a related field and/or a history of exhibiting artistic work in professional venues. The 2024 residency will begin on July 1, 2024 and end on June 30, 2025. Possible projects can include, but are not limited to: painting; photography; performance; sculpture; 3D scanning and 3D printing; programmable electronics; and digital, video, or installation art.

The last few artists have created some thought-provoking exhibits melding archival materials, corporate documents from the UCSF Industry Documents Library, and their specific art forms, to comment on public health risks, social justice issues and storytelling during a pandemic.
Read more about this amazing residency, including our past artists and how to apply

Thursday, December 21, 2023

Season's Greetings! 2023 in Review

As 2023 comes to a close, we’d like to say a big THANK YOU to all of our researchers for your continuing support and connection to the Industry Documents Library.

We’re grateful for your interest in industry documents and for your participation in the IDL community, whether that’s through documents research, workshops and trainings, project partnerships, or strategic planning and guidance.

Here are some of the achievements you helped us reach in 2023:

18,387,011 documents now available through IDL!

  • In collaboration with Johns Hopkins University, we continued to acquire and make available millions of documents created by Insys Therapeutics disclosed in opioid litigation as well as a new collection of DEA materials for the UCSF-JHU Opioid Industry Documents Archive. This brings the total number of OIDA documents to 3.1M.

  • The UCSF-JHU Opioid Industry Documents Archive team was honored to be the 2023 recipient of the Archival Innovator Award given by the Society of American Archivists. The Archival Innovator Award recognizes an archivist, a group of archivists, a repository, or an organization that demonstrates the greatest overall current impact on the profession or their communities.

  • With the support of the UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PHRE), IDL added the new Talc Litigation Collection to the Chemical Industry Documents Archive. This initial set of 3,500 documents was obtained through investigations and lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, which alleged that the company knew its talc products contained asbestos, a known toxin linked to ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.

  • At the closing of the MN Tobacco Depository in 2021, we identified a number of tobacco industry files and videos that were missing from our holdings. The Minnesota Historical Society conducted a search and a major digitization project on our behalf and we are so grateful for their efforts! This year we began adding these missing files to TTID and will continue to do so through 2024.

  • We welcomed J.A. Nelson to the IDL Team this year. J.A. is our Sr Front-end Web Developer helping to build an updated version of the IDL website. More details about this rebuild will be coming in 2024!

  • This summer, we hosted one Senior Data Science Fellow, Noel Salmeron, and two Junior Data Science Fellows, Adam Silva and Bryce Quintos, in collaboration with the UCSF Data Science and Open Scholarship team. As senior fellow, Noel utilized our audiovisual materials on IDL to evaluate the transcription accuracy of digital archives and the impact on documentation along with the creation of subject words and descriptions. Read more about this project on the Archives & Special Collections Brought to Light blog.

  • UCSF Magazine wrote a wonderful piece, Corporate Strategy, National Tragedy: UCSF’s industry archives expose the marketing tactics that fueled the opioid epidemic, featuring Professor Dorie Apollonio and her work with UCSF pharmacy students using the opioid industry documents.

  • We added 18 new publications which cite industry documents to our Bibliography, bringing the total number of citations to 1,174!
2023 was a busy year for workshops and webinars!
  • In May, we delivered our Annual Tobacco and Industry Documents Workshop.
  • Also in May, we had the pleasure of participating in the joint UCSF-JHU OIDA webinar "Exploring the Opioid Industry Documents: Research Communities, Educational Opportunities, and Community Data" (recording available)
  • In August, we assisted with a workshop on Breast Cancer and Industry Documents where advocates learned about a 1-year research project uncovering what industry knew about breast cancer risk and their products as well as new methodologies for research, advocacy and journalism collaborations.

From all of us at the IDL, we wish you a safe and festive holiday season, and a healthy and hopeful New Year ahead.

Kate, Rachel, Rebecca, Sven, Melissa and J.A.
Thursday, November 30, 2023

New Talc Litigation Collection Added to CIDA

Collections Updates

Chemical Industry Documents Archive

We are pleased to announce the addition of the Talc Litigation Collection, a new Chemical Industry Documents Archive collection.

This initial set of 3,500 documents was obtained through investigations and lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, which alleged that the company knew its talc products contained asbestos, a known toxin linked to ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.

Please check out the UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment's blog post announcing this new collection. We are thankful for PRHE's continued support of the IDL and the crucial work they do disseminating research on industry strategies that harm public health.

UCSF-JHU Opioid Industry Documents Archive
Insys Therapeutics
The UCSF-JHU Opioid Industry Documents Archive (OIDA) added 3,600 documents to the Insys Litigation Documents collection. This set contains emails, reports and documents from 2014 discussing the many aspects of Insys's business activities, ranging from insurance pre-authorization to speakers bureau training.

The Insys collection ultimately will contain several million documents that are currently being processed chronologically. Processed documents are being made public on a rolling basis.

Bibliography Updates

Alfred-John (A.J.) Roderos, Anthony Wong, James Chhen, Clever Chiu, Dorie E. Apollonio. Retail Chain Pharmacy Opioid Dispensing Practices from 1997 to 2020: A Content Analysis of Internal Industry Documents. Drug and Alcohol Dependence Reports, 2023.

Friday, October 27, 2023

October 2023 Updates - Opioid and Tobacco Industry Documents

Collection Updates:

Opioid Industry Documents Archive
Insys Therapeutics Collection -
We added 3,600 documents to the Insys Litigation Documents collection. This set contains emails, reports and documents from 2014 discussing the many aspects of Insys's business activities, ranging from insurance pre-authorization to speakers bureau training.

The Insys collection ultimately will contain several million documents that are currently being processed chronologically.

Truth Tobacco Industry Documents

Since the closing of the Minnesota Tobacco Documents Depository in 2021, we have been collaborating with the Minnesota Historical Society to finish a comprehensive reconciliation of the Depository's holdings. With the Historical Society's assistance on site, we have been able to locate many files missing from our Tobacco MSA Collections and will be uploading documents, audio/visual materials, and other resources as we process them.

This month, we were able to complete 61 tobacco document records that had been missing videos, PDFs, and computer files for many years. Some of these documents represent batches of computer-based files or training modules that for the first time are available as downloadable ZIP files.

In addition, 32 new DATTA (Depositions and Trial Transcripts) documents were added today.

Bibliography Updates:

See all Papers and Publications written using Industry Documents

Evaluating Automated Transcription Accuracy: A Data Science Fellowship Report
It was a pleasure to work with Noel Salmeron this summer! As our 2023 Senior Data Science Fellow for the Industry Documents Library and Data Science Initiative, Noel utilized our audiovisual materials on IDL to evaluate the transcription accuracy of digital archives and the impact on documentation and the creation of subject words and descriptions for such archives.

Read Noel's Guest Post on the UCSF Archives Blog to learn more about this project.