Wednesday, March 24, 2021
UCSF and Johns Hopkins University Launch Opioid Industry Documents Archive
The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Johns Hopkins University announced the launch of the Opioid Industry Documents Archive
, a digital repository of publicly disclosed documents from recent judgments, settlements, and ongoing lawsuits concerning the opioid crisis. The documents come from government litigation against pharmaceutical companies, including opioid manufacturers and distributors related to their contributions to the deadly epidemic, as well as litigation taking place in federal court on behalf of thousands of cities and counties in the United States. The documents in the archive include emails, memos, presentations, sales reports, budgets, audit reports, Drug Enforcement Administration briefings, meeting agendas and minutes, expert witness reports, and depositions of drug company executives.
The Opioid Industry Documents Archive leverages extraordinary expertise within UCSF and Johns Hopkins University in library science, information technology, and digital archiving. It also relies on scholarship focused on many dimensions of the opioid epidemic, ranging from the history of medicine to pharmaceutical policy to clinical care. Key organizations at UCSF involved include the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies
; Department of Clinical Pharmacy; Department of Humanities and Social Sciences; Department of Family and Community Medicine; and Library. From Johns Hopkins University, the project involves the Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness; Welch Medical Library; Institute of the History of Medicine
; and Sheridan Libraries’ Digital Research and Curation Center
The new archive will provide free public access to anyone who is interested in investigating the activities that have led to the devastating epidemic, which has now contributed to the deaths of nearly 500,000 people. The archive will promptly include new documents as they become available through resolution of legal action against companies that contributed to the deadly opioid crisis. The launch coincides with the universities’ efforts to house more than 250,000 documents produced by opioid manufacturer Insys in the course of its bankruptcy proceedings following opioid litigation.
The archive is similar to the groundbreaking Truth Tobacco Industry Documents
archive at UCSF, which has fostered scientific and public health discoveries shaping tobacco policy in the U.S. and around the world. This new archive from two top research universities will deliver a wealth of information that experts can analyze to help policymakers prevent another disaster like this from happening again.
To learn more, read the full press release
or contact us
Thursday, March 18, 2021
New Tobacco Industry Documents Posted2,218 new tobacco documents
were posted today!
10th Anniversary Conference Recordings
The Medical Heritage Library 10th Anniversary Conference took place on November 13, 2020. UCSF Archives and Special Collections staff attended the day of virtual presentations, and our Industry Documents Library archivists delivered a talk titled “Smoke on Screens: Audiovisual Evidence of the Tobacco Industry’s Harms to Public Health.”
All talks were recorded with captioning and are now available on the Medical Heritage Library YouTube channel (see Session 2 for the “Smoke on Screens” talk).
Thursday, February 18, 2021
20,000+ Formerly Confidential Documents Posted Today24,601 new Tobacco Industry Documents
were added today:
Education & Research Updates:
If you were unable to join us for the annual It's About a Billion Lives Symposium in January, or just want to re-visit the day, the recording is now available at:
The California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) has announced a new funding opportunity
for investigating industry influence over scientific information. Using the Industry Documents Library,
researchers will examine past efforts by the tobacco, chemical, drug, food, and fossil fuel industries to
suppress public awareness of the link between breast cancer and environmental exposures.
Applications are due 3/24/2021.
Thursday, December 10, 2020
Formerly Confidential RJ Reynolds Documents PostedTobacco Industry Documents update
For our last documents update for 2020 we uploaded over 10,000 tobacco industry documents:
Food Industry Documents update
2 new BC Sugar Company documents
were added today containing 1978-1979 Sugar Association Board Meeting materials
Documents Research update
We added four papers and publications to the IDL Bibliography
recently. Links to text as well as industry documents used in the research available on the bibliography page:
Behind the scenes update:
- van der Eijk Y, Tan GPP. Tobacco industry targeting of health-conscious youth with 'lighter' cigarettes: the case of Singapore. Tobacco Control 2020 Oct.
- Jureidini J, McHenry LB. The Illusion of Evidence-Based Medicine: Exposing the crisis of credibility in clinical research. Wakefield Press, 2020.
- Mathew M, Karazas D, Manmatha R and Jawahar CV. DocVQA: A Dataset for VQA on Document Images. 2020 July.
- Qian ZJ, Hill MJ, Ramamurthi D and Jackler RK. Promoting Tobacco Use Among Students: The U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company College Marketing Program. The Laryngoscope, 2020 Oct.
Reminder: We are upgrading from Solr5.5.1 to Solr8.5.1 to bring our index to the latest generation of search technology. While most of the improvements are in the background making our index more efficient, our users can expect improved sorting, faceting, and relevance ranking. Please let us know if you experience something in your search you did not expect.
Friday, November 06, 2020
More Industry Documents and the 10th Annual Medical Heritage Library Conference
Drug Industry Documents Update:
563 new documents
515 new National Prescription Opiate Litigation documents (Opioid MDL)
- 48 documents in our new Insys Litigation Documents collection - documents include 45 volumes of transcripts in the 2019 US vs. Kapoor, et al. lawsuit brought by the government after a grand jury found Insys, maker of Subsys, a fentanyl-based pain medication, guilty of charges including racketeering, mail and wire fraud, and bribery. Insys founder, Dr John Kapoor, and a number of executives, were found guilty and sentenced to jail time.
Tobacco Industry Documents Update:
76 new Tobacco Documents including DATTA and RJ Reynolds Records
Today is World Digital Preservation Day! Since last year's digital preservation celebration on November 7, 2019, the Industry Documents Library has added 152,445 new industry documents for preservation in our archives. #WDPD2020
Smoke on Screens: Audiovisual Evidence of the Tobacco Industry’s Harms to Public Health. Join the IDL team on 11/13 at 10:15am PST for our presentation at the 10th Annual Medical Heritage Library Conference! Registration is free; please sign up in advance.
Behind the scenes update:
We are upgrading from Solr5.5.1 to Solr8.5.1 to bring our index to the latest generation of search technology. While most of the improvements are in the background making our index more efficient, our users can expect improved sorting, faceting, and relevance ranking.
Thursday, October 08, 2020
New Tobacco and Drug Industry Documents Posted
Truth Tobacco Documents Update:
11,426 new Tobacco Industry Documents added to the Truth Tobacco collection today!
Most of these documents were unavailable and "confidential" until now - see the "formerly confidential" docs in this release.
Drug Documents Update:
We are excited to announce 2 new collections of opioid documents totaling over 2,100 documents:
- The National Prescription Opiate Litigation Documents is a collection of documents from the Federal Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) 2804 heard in the U.S. District Court in Cleveland, Ohio (Northern District of Ohio). Plaintiffs alleged that the manufacturers of prescription opioids grossly misrepresented the risks of long-term use and distributors failed to properly monitor suspicious orders of those prescription drugs--all of which contributed to the current opioid epidemic.
The Kentucky Opioid Litigation Documents is a collection of documents from the lawsuit brought by the Commonwealth of Kentucky against Purdue Pharma, settled in 2015 for $24 Million, that alleged improper marketing of the drug OxyContin