“OxySacklers” angry that Tufts removed family name from campus

BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 5: Tufts employee Gabe Ryan removes letters from signage featuring the Sackler family name at the Tufts building at 145 Harrison Ave. in Boston on Dec. 5, 2019.

Enlarge / BOSTON, MA –
DECEMBER 5: Tufts employee Gabe Ryan removes letters from signage
featuring the Sackler family name at the Tufts building at 145
Harrison Ave. in Boston on Dec. 5, 2019. (credit:
GettyBoston Globe
)

The Sackler family is pushing back after Tufts University
removed the family name from its buildings and programs due to the
family’s link to the ongoing opioid epidemic,
according to a report in The New York Times
.

In a letter to Tufts’ president, a lawyer for the family wrote
that the removal was “contrary to basic notions of fairness” and
“a breach of the many binding commitments made by the University
dating back to 1980 in order to secure the family’s support,
including millions of dollars in donations for facilities and
critical medical research.”

Tufts made the decision to remove the family name after getting
the results of an independent review of the university’s
relationship with the Sacklers and
OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma, which the Sacklers own
. Both the
family and the company have been accused of helping to spark the
crisis by aggressively marketing the powerful painkiller and
misleading doctors, patients, and regulators about its
addictiveness.

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“OxySacklers” angry that Tufts removed family name from campus