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Marianne Skolek-Perez

Marianne Perez, Salem-News.com Investigative Reporter, is an Activist for Victims of OxyContin and Purdue Pharma throughout the United States and Canada. In July 2007, she testified against Purdue Pharma in Federal Court in Virginia at the sentencing of their three CEO's - Michael Friedman, Howard Udell and Paul Goldenheim - who pleaded guilty to charges of marketing OxyContin as less likely to be addictive or abused to physicians and patients. She also testified against Purdue Pharma at a Judiciary Hearing of the U.S. Senate in July 2007. Marianne works with government agencies and private attorneys in having a voice for her daughter Jill, who died in 2002 after being prescribed OxyContin, as well as the voice for scores of victims of OxyContin. She is currently working on a book that exposes Purdue Pharma for their continued criminal marketing of OxyContin.

Marianne is a nurse, graduated in 1991 as president of her class, and also has a Paralegal certification. Marianne served on a Community Service Board for the Courier News, a Gannet newspaper in NJ, writing articles predominantly regarding AIDS patients and their emotional issues. She was awarded a Community Service Award in 1993 by the Hunterdon County, NJ HIV/AIDS Task Force in recognition of and appreciation for the donated time, energy and love in facilitating a Support Group for persons with HIV/AIDS.

In June 2016, I wrote the below article for publication in Salem-News.com. It focused on the first buprenorphine implant for treatment of opioid dependence marketed by San Francisco-based Titan Pharmaceuticals Inc. and approved by the FDA on May 26, 2016. In December 2015, Renaissance Technologies, LLC, a leading hedge fund …

This is Part 2 of my series on the impunity of the FDA as regards the opioid addiction/death epidemic crippling the U.S.  For almost two decades I have been exposing the FDA and their leadership with “pay to play”, conflicts of interest with hedge funds and many decision makers forming …

In my 19 continuous years of exposing the FDA and their “pay to play” tactics with the pharmaceutical industry, I have had many articles published calling it as it is — “the root of the opioid epidemic is at the top” with the FDA.  I will be running a series …

The pharmaceutical industry waits in the wings salivating at their next multi-billion dollar drug to slide past the FDA for approval.  Bear with me as I bring you down the “road of no conscience” having had 19 years involved in the sordid history of pharma and the FDA. The pharmaceutical industry entices physicians to …

Rhode Island is becoming the first U.S. state to authorize a pilot program for so-called “harm reduction centers” that give drug users a “safe place” to consume pre-obtained illegal drugs. These harm reduction centers are promoted for people dealing with addiction so they can use heroin and other illegal drugs under …

After years of my exposing the FDA for their “pay to play” tactics with the pharmaceutical industry at the cost of loss of lives, it appears some momentum is growing.  Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization since 1971 who works to ensure that government works for the people – …

Last week a hearing was held in the N.Y. House of Representatives chaired by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY Democrat) ostensibly taking testimony on the Sackler Family, owners of Purdue Pharma and their killer opioid, OxyContin.  Why is Rep. Maloney re-inventing the wheel on a tsunami of deaths and addictions when a US Senate …

There is a commercial that plays on TV all day every day.  A small child wearing a costume looking like a young Batman and a voice calling out “Be a superhero — wear a mask.”  Then there are the stupid people who think it’s funny to don a black cloth …

It appears the CDC is positioning itself to recommend a very dangerous drug called Tamiflu in the treatment of COVID-19. In 2012, I wrote an article warning of the dangers of children and infants being prescribed Tamiflu. This drug causes psychosis, delusions and paranoia and adversely affects children.  The following …

Over the years, I have written many articles regarding Janet Woodcock, MD, Director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and her role in the opioid epidemic killing and addicting people in the hundreds of thousands.  Links to some of my …