In 2002, Marianne Skolek Perez’s daughter Jill died at the age of 29 after being prescribed OxyContin for back pain. As a nurse employed at a large medical center, Marianne wanted answers. Her research led her to Purdue Pharma and the FDA’s involvement in a growing epidemic.
Marianne continues to work with government agencies and private attorneys in giving a voice for her daughter, as well as the voice for scores of victims of OxyContin. She assists attorneys and government agencies in their lawsuits against Purdue Pharma for marketing OxyContin as less likely to be addictive or abused. She is also an Investigative Reporter writing for Global News Centre, Salem-News.com, Sons of Liberty Media, The Washington Standard and Freedom Outpost.
In a later episode of this podcast, we featured author – Gerald Posner – who just published his expose of the pharmaceutical industry – Pharma, Greed, Lies and the Poisoning of America. In one of the chapters, Gerald focused on Marianne and here is an except from a WIRED article about her.
This is the excerpt today in WIRED from PHARMA’s Chapter 47, titled “You Messed with the Wrong Mom.”
Promising herself that her daughter’s death would not be in vain, Marianne Skolek Perez became a one-person advocate on behalf of Jill and other OxyContin victims. She delved into how the drug was being dispensed nationwide. Her grandson, Brian, sometimes asked, “Did you get the bad guys yet?”
For six months she says she peppered the FDA with letters providing examples in which she thought Purdue was mass-merchandising its powerful painkiller. She also called local reporters in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and encouraged them to look into the company and its best-selling painkiller. A few small-town newspapers in areas hard hit by OxyContin reported that “Marianne has launched her own investigation into her daughter’s death.”
Perez used her investigative talents to become a writer. Her tagline on her emails is “Investigative Reporter exposing the manufactured opioid epidemic and Purdue Pharma.” She writes for Salem-News.com. She also regularly blasts out to her enormous email list all developments in the massive opioid litigation. In interviews on podcasts, she hammers away at Purdue and keeps the pressure on both the Attorneys General and the private attorneys to not settle for anything but total victory. And, for Perez, justice is nothing less than jail time for some Sackler family members.