Collections
Thursday, May 30, 2024

393,760 new JUUL Labs documents!

393,760 new JUUL Labs documents were uploaded today! This new batch includes customer complaint files, weekly social media reports, international retail strategies, and more. The image is from a JUUL Brand Review slide deck, one of over 500 new JUUL Labs presentation files added to IDL this month.

slides from a JUUL Brand Review presentation deck

In partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries, the IDL continues to process and make available documents subject to public disclosure under JUUL Labs’s 2021 settlement with North Carolina.

Our Archivists are working hard behind the scenes to ensure certain sensitive personal information is redacted and that any technical issues are resolved before the documents make their way onto the IDL. Stay tuned for continued monthly uploads through 2024!


OIDA Symposium

The Opioid Industry Documents Archive (OIDA) hosted a successful national symposium earlier this month. This unique virtual discussion offered a series of complementary panels demonstrating OIDA’s value in addressing fundamental questions of importance to health policy experts, archivists and historians.

OIDA symposium YouTube Playlist
Recordings are now available on YouTube and on the symposium webpage. Chapter markers on each video make it possible to navigate directly to specific presentations. These are linked within the agenda on the symposium website for ease of access.

Thank you to everyone who attended and especially to our amazing panel of speakers!


Fourth Workshop on Scientific Archives

This year's workshop will be held on June 5th and 6th in the UCSF Library! Specific themes discussed include:

  • Collaboration between scientists and archivists to best capture contemporary material
  • Appraisal of science and technology archives
  • Curating and making accessible science and technology archives to support both humanities research and scientific reuse
  • The description of specialist collections from a non-scientific perspective
  • Archives and scientific data management and usage
  • Public outreach and communication
Of particular note is the presentation on Day 2 by UCSF's Dan Kabella, Kelly Ray Knight, Dorie Apollonio, and Halle Young: Opioid Industry Documents Archive reveals the industry's role in AI-enabled prescription drug monitoring programs.


Call for Proposals: Advancing Digital Health Humanities Institute

UCSF Archives and Special Collections is seeking applicants for The Advancing Digital Health Humanities Institute (ADHHI), hosted by the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and funded through the National Endowment for the Humanities Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities.

In particular, the ADHHI is looking for digital health humanities projects that plan to work with data to answer humanistic research questions from a range of approaches and disciplines. Successful applicants should have a strong knowledge of their intended data set, and their research questions should be defined in relation to this material. Applicants do not need to be experts in a proposed analytical method or tool. ADHHI is most interested in projects that ask questions about human health, illness, ability, and the culture of care using historical materials and archival datasets.

More information and application

Thursday, April 25, 2024

New OIDA Collection and More JUUL Labs Documents

Collection Updates

New OIDA Collection - Poppell v. Cardinal Health
Poppell v. Cardinal Health Litigation Documents consists of transcripts, interrogatories, briefs and motions, complaint and answers, orders, and trial materials.

On March 1, 2023, a jury cleared wholesale drug distributors Cardinal Health Inc., McKesson Corporation, and J M Smith Corporation against claims that they violated Georgia’s Drug Dealer Liability Act and the state’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statute when supplying pharmacies with opioids. The 21 plaintiffs are family members of individuals who became addicted to opioids. It was the first lawsuit to come to trial brought by individual victims of the opioid crisis against pharmaceutical companies rather than by government entities.

The defendants, which also include pharmacies, pharmacy owners, and pharmacists, were charged for actions related to the illegal sales, marketing, and distribution of controlled substances. The allegations included ignoring warnings by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), filling pharmacy orders without a legitimate medical need, failing to report excessive purchases and unusual and suspicious orders, and violating their obligations to prevent diversion.

The records in this collection were provided to OIDA by the law office of Bondurant Mixson & Elmore LLP. Documents in the collection include trial and hearing transcripts, trial exhibit lists, trial witness lists, statements of fact, expert disclosures, responses to requests for production of documents, briefs in support of motion to dismiss, and orders to seal records. The documents detail the roles and responsibilities of pharmacies, pharmacists, and distributors in dispensing opioid medication within the regulatory system, specifically related to efforts to prevent drug abuse and diversion.

JUUL Labs Documents
139K new JUUL Labs documents were uploaded. In partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries, the IDL continues to process and make available documents subject to public disclosure under JUUL Labs’s 2021 settlement with North Carolina. Our Archivists are working hard behind the scenes to ensure certain sensitive personal information is redacted and that any technical issues are resolved before the documents make their way onto the IDL. Stay tuned for continued monthly uploads through 2024!

Final uploads from the Minnesota Tobacco Documents Depository
We are pleased to report the upload of the final batch of documents from the Minnesota Tobacco Documents Depository reconciliation project.
The final set of 32 video files were part of a batch of trial exhibits and other materials used in litigation and stored in the depository. We have added these files to our DATTA collection, which holds trial transcripts and other resources.

On September 1, 2021, as a result of the expiration of the 2006 federal court order for document disclosure, the tobacco industry’s large warehouse of paper records in Minnesota closed its doors to the public. In advance of this permanent closure, the IDL team worked to complete a full reconciliation of our records, comparing them with the tobacco company indices to ensure we collected and preserved every document we could. A big thank you to the MN Historical Society archivists for their assistance with identifying and digitizing missing files. This included audiovisual materials, trial exhibits, and the content of computer disks that had not been previously available.


Education and Research Updates

The Opioid Industry Documents Archive (OIDA) is hosting a national symposium, Monday, May 13 through Thursday, May 16, from 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.

For more details on speakers and how to register, please visit https://oida-resources.jhu.edu/oida-national-symposium-2024/.

Presentations
Chris Shaffer, Anne Seymour, and Kevin Hawkins will present "New Ways to Engage Users and Provide Access to Primary Source Documents Arising from the Opioid Industry" at the Medical Library Association's 2024 conference in Portland, Ore., May 18-21.

Rachel Taketa, Kate Tasker, and Melissa Ignacio presented "Redirect: Navigating a Major Website Redesign at the UCSF Industry Documents Library" for the Society of California Archivists at their virtual annual general meeting on April 15-19.

New Research Feature - Bulk Document Download
We've added a "Download Selected" option that will create a zipped folder of all selected documents (PDF, text and metadata) in your search results. By default the search shows 20 results at a time, but you can increase that to up to 200. You'll need to log in to your Industry Documents Library account to use this feature. (Click on My Library to create an account if you don't already have one!)

Thursday, March 28, 2024

JUUL Labs Collection Hits the 1 Million Mark!

This month we uploaded 519,000+ new JUUL Labs documents bringing the entire collection to over 1 Million records!

In partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries, the IDL is continuing to process and make available documents subject to public disclosure under the terms of JUUL Labs’s 2021 settlement with North Carolina. Our Archivists are working hard behind the scenes to ensure certain sensitive personal information is redacted and that any technical issues are resolved before the documents make their way onto the IDL. Stay tuned for continued monthly uploads through 2024!


Welcome our new Project Archivist, Emma James!
We are delighted to welcome Emma James to the UCSF Library as the Industry Document Library’s new project archivist. Emma will be working with the IDL team to process and make public millions of documents in our growing JUUL Labs Collection.

Emma started her professional journey in the museum field, with a concentration in collection management. Based on her graduate research pursuits, she sought to focus her work towards digital preservation, most recently applied to long-term archiving of digitized and born-digital artwork assets.
Read more about Emma...

New Research Using IDL Documents:

2024 Industry Documents Undergraduate Summer Fellowship
We are currently seeking applicants for an eight-week remote paid fellowship to support computational research using the JUUL Labs Collection.
The fellow will take a leading role in a collaborative data project jointly mentored by the IDL and the UCSF Library Data Science and Open Scholarship (DSOS) team. There will also be opportunities to develop computational analysis skills for digital health humanities research, attend data science courses, and participate in staff meetings.

The fellow will design a summer project using data from the Juul Labs Collection in consultation with the fellowship supervisor. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree/license program at a two or four-year institution (undergraduate only).
Click here for more info and to apply...
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

JUUL Labs Collection Now Available Online!


We are very happy to announce a partnership between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Libraries and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) resulting in an online searchable public depository of roughly 4 million internal documents from the state of North Carolina’s $40 million settlement with electronic cigarette maker JUUL Labs.

The first 280,000 documents are now available online as part of the UCSF Industry Documents Library. UNC-Chapel Hill and UCSF will publish the remaining documents monthly, concluding the project in 2025.

"The online depository was one condition of the agreement between the state of North Carolina and Juul Labs. Stein selected UNC-Chapel Hill to oversee the $1 million project. Carolina’s library in turn partnered with the UCSF Industry Documents Library, which has extensive experience managing the massive number of records involved in the Truth Tobacco Industry Documents and other collections. The Juul Labs documents will be cross-searchable with more than 18 million other documents in the Industry Document Library’s tobacco, opioid, chemical, drug, food, and fossil fuel industry archives, which have supported over 1,100 publications and had a significant impact on tobacco control and other public health policies in the U.S. and around the world."

Please check out UNC at Chapel Hill's announcement for more information about the collaboration and documents.
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.
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.

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