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Thursday, September 02, 2021

New Tobacco and Opioid Documents - September 2021

Tobacco Industry Documents Update
67 new tobacco industry documents were posted today!
This batch marks the final download from the tobacco company documents websites which are slated to come down in September 2021. For background on Judge Kessler's 2006 Order extending the document provisions to 2021, check out the Public Health Law Center's section on the DOJ Lawsuit. In addition, Jim Carrier's Washington Post piece discusses the significance of the tobacco industry documents and the final days of the Minnesota Depository.

In August, IDL staff conducted a final comprehensive reconciliation of our tobacco documents, matching all Philip Morris, RJ Reynolds, Lorillard, Brown & Williamson and American Tobacco Company website records with our own, and adding missing or modified documents to our respective collections. There are still a handful of outstanding media materials located in the MN Depository that will be digitized and added to TTID at a later date. It's the end of an era but not the end of the tobacco documents archive - we will be here for many years to come.
Opioid Industry Documents Update Preserving Opioid Industry Documents to Protect Public Health
Read our short piece about the recently launched Opioid Industry Documents Archive in Archival Elements, the newsletter of the Society of American Archivists Science, Technology, and Health Care Section.

New Papers and Publications
Pedroza-Tobias A; Crosbie E; Mialon M; Carriedo A; Schmidt LA. Food and beverage industry interference in science and policy: efforts to block soda tax implementation in Mexico and prevent international diffusion. BMJ Global Health; Aug 2021.

Kozlowski LT. Nicotine Addiction, Maurice Seevers, and the First Surgeon General Report on Cigarette Smoking and Health: Conflicting Terms and Interests. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Aug 2021.
Friday, August 13, 2021

Industry Documents Update - August 2021

Tobacco Industry Documents
155 new documents were posted to TTID yesterday including: 
Food Industry Documents
435 new documents posted to the USRTK Food Industry Collection - these materials largely contain communications between the Coca-Cola Company, the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, and other related scientists/academics regarding ISCOLE and obesity in children.  More documents are forthcoming.

 6 new documents added to the Roger Adams Papers - Sugar Research Foundation meeting minutes and research reports from the 1960s.   

Technical Recommendations for Preserving Industry Documents Disclosed in Litigation
The IDL recently crafted the report Technical Recommendations for Preserving Industry Documents Disclosed in Litigation which is linked on our website under About/Overview. These recommendations come from two decades of experience collecting, preserving, and providing public access to industry documents disclosed in litigation, and offer recommendations on how to make these materials freely available in perpetuity and what costs should be included as part of settlements or judgements.
Thursday, July 08, 2021

5000+ New Industry Documents Posted!

5,054 new tobacco and opioid industry documents were added today!


Thursday, June 10, 2021

More Opioid, Tobacco and Food Industry Documents Online

Today, IDL staff added 1,266 new industry documents across 3 archives!
Thursday, May 13, 2021

12K New Industry Documents Posted including New Internal Insys Opioid Documents

11,953 new documents were added to IDL today!

Included in this new posting:
  • 4,809 Tobacco Industry Documents from RJ Reynolds, Philip Morris and Brown and Williamson files
  • 5,691 new Food Industry Documents from the USRTK Food Collection. The majority of these documents concern Coca-Cola partnerships with academic institutions and researchers on issues of obesity and exercise.
  • 1,453 Insys Therapeutics internal documents. This Insys Litigation Documents collection is being processed and posted over the course of the year (yes its a big collection!). The documents come from U.S. District Court records (District of Massachusetts, Boston) and from investigation by the New York State Office of the Attorney General.
    In 2016, former executives and managers of Insys Therapeutics Inc. (an opioid manufacturer which produced Subsys, a fentanyl-based pain medication) were indicted by a Grand Jury on charges including conspiracy to commit racketeering, mail and wire fraud, and conspiracy to violate the anti-kickback law in relation to a nationwide conspiracy to bribe medical practitioners and defraud insurers.
Thursday, April 15, 2021

New Food and Tobacco Industry Documents Posted

869 new documents have been posted to the Industry Documents Library today!

This includes:
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

UCSF and Johns Hopkins University Launch Opioid Industry Documents Archive

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Johns Hopkins University announced the launch of the Opioid Industry Documents Archive, a digital repository of publicly disclosed documents from recent judgments, settlements, and ongoing lawsuits concerning the opioid crisis. The documents come from government litigation against pharmaceutical companies, including opioid manufacturers and distributors related to their contributions to the deadly epidemic, as well as litigation taking place in federal court on behalf of thousands of cities and counties in the United States. The documents in the archive include emails, memos, presentations, sales reports, budgets, audit reports, Drug Enforcement Administration briefings, meeting agendas and minutes, expert witness reports, and depositions of drug company executives.  

The Opioid Industry Documents Archive leverages extraordinary expertise within UCSF and Johns Hopkins University in library science, information technology, and digital archiving. It also relies on scholarship focused on many dimensions of the opioid epidemic, ranging from the history of medicine to pharmaceutical policy to clinical care. Key organizations at UCSF involved include the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies; Department of Clinical Pharmacy; Department of Humanities and Social Sciences; Department of Family and Community Medicine; and Library. From Johns Hopkins University, the project involves the Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness; Welch Medical Library; Institute of the History of Medicine; and Sheridan Libraries’ Digital Research and Curation Center.  

The new archive will provide free public access to anyone who is interested in investigating the activities that have led to the devastating epidemic, which has now contributed to the deaths of nearly 500,000 people. The archive will promptly include new documents as they become available through resolution of legal action against companies that contributed to the deadly opioid crisis. The launch coincides with the universities’ efforts to house more than 250,000 documents produced by opioid manufacturer Insys in the course of its bankruptcy proceedings following opioid litigation.  

The archive is similar to the groundbreaking Truth Tobacco Industry Documents archive at UCSF, which has fostered scientific and public health discoveries shaping tobacco policy in the U.S. and around the world. This new archive from two top research universities will deliver a wealth of information that experts can analyze to help policymakers prevent another disaster like this from happening again.

To learn more, read the full press release or contact us.
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