New York Met Museum removes Sackler’s name from art galleries

The Sackler family of the defunct Purdue Pharma will have its name removed from the seven showrooms in which it is housed, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York announced Thursday.

The museum, commonly known as the Met, had already begun in 2019 to deny funding to the family, now infamous for its role in deepening America’s opioid crisis that has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans.

“We believe this is in the best interests of the museum and the important mission it serves,” the family said in a joint statement with the Met.

The Tate Museum and National Gallery in London, the Louvre in Paris, the Jewish Museum in Berlin and the Guggenheim in New York have already severed ties with the family.

Purdue Pharma dissolved

The Sacklers are descendants of brothers Mortimer and Raymond Sackler, who took over Purdue Pharma in 1962. The company became infamous for producing the highly addictive opioid drugs OxyContin and fentanyl.

According to court documents, family members, some of whom held management and board positions, continued to ask their sales representatives to push the drugs and pressure doctors long after they learned of the incident. their side effects.

Purdue Pharma dissolved in September after a judge cleared a controversial legal bid by the Sackler family that will see them pay $4.5 billion, a fraction of their fortune, to victims and institutions in exchange for immunity from future opioid lawsuits. .

2021 saw a huge spike in overdose deaths in the United States, with researchers estimating the coronavirus pandemic played a significant role in a 30% increase from 2019.

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Mildred D. Field