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Thu Dec 5, 2019, 06:57 PM

Tufts University to remove Sackler name from its buildings

Source: The Guardian

Tufts University to remove Sackler name from its buildings

Scientific and medical departments at the Massachusetts school were named after family as Tufts acknowledged it accepted gifts

Joanna Walters in New York
@Joannawalters13
Thu 5 Dec 2019 22.35 GMT
First published on Thu 5 Dec 2019 20.42 GMT

Tufts University has announced it is removing the name of a longtime, major donor from its departments – that of the Sackler family which owns Purdue Pharma, maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin blamed for fueling the US opioids crisis.

The prestigious college on the outskirts of Boston has been a beneficiary of largesse from the billionaire members of the pharmaceutical family whose reputation is at stake amid an avalanche of lawsuits over their role in aggressively pushing sales of OxyContin.

Several scientific and medical departments at Tufts have long been named after the Sacklers and the university acknowledged that it had received and solicited gifts from the family over the years.

In a statement, Tufts said on Thursday: “Our students, faculty, staff, alumni and others have shared with us the negative impact the Sackler name has on them each day, noting the human toll of the opioid epidemic in which members of the Sackler family and their company, Purdue Pharma, are associated.”

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/05/tufts-university-sackler-name-remove

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