Beth Macy

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Michael Friedman Character Analysis

Michael Friedman is the CEO of Purdue Pharma when, in 2007, the company accepts a plea deal for its role in manufacturing the opioid crisis. Along with Paul Goldenheim and Howard Udell, he is sentenced for a federal crime, although the charges are considerably lighter than they could have been. His sentencing helps keep attention away from the Sackler family, who remain wealthy even after the plea deal.

Michael Friedman Quotes in Dopesick

The Dopesick quotes below are all either spoken by Michael Friedman or refer to Michael Friedman. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 4 Quotes

Conspicuously absent from the courthouse drama was the family that owned the company and its 214 affiliates worldwide- and benefited the most from the drug’s sale. Purdue had earned over $2.8 billion from the drug by 2007, including $595 million in earnings in 2006 alone. Unlike a public company that answers to shareholders, privately held Purdue answered only to the Sacklers.

In 2015, the family would earn its way onto Forbes’s “America’s Richest Families” list. With an estimated net worth of $14 billion, the OxyContin clan would edge out such storied families as the Busches, Mellons, and Rockefellers. Having gone from selling earwax remover and laxatives to the most lucrative drug in the world, the family had museum wings and college institutes named for it from Boston to Tel Aviv.

Page Number: 94
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Michael Friedman Character Timeline in Dopesick

The timeline below shows where the character Michael Friedman appears in Dopesick. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
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Paul Goldenheim (Purdue’s medical director), Michael Friedman (the CEO), and Udell seem stunned to see the families of the OxyContin victims there.... (full context)
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...tied by the plea agreement that Purdue made with prosecutors. The former Purdue people (Goldenheim, Friedman, and Udell) serve out their probation, with Udell dying of a stroke in 2013. Udell’s... (full context)