A maintenance worker has removed the name of the billionaire family that owns Purdue Pharma, maker of the prescription painkiller Oxycontin from a Tufts University building.
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.”
Tufts University Medical School, students cheered as the name of Arthur Sackler was stripped from their building amid concerns over the family's role in the opioid crisis.
The move came after the the prestigious university on the outskirts of Boston said it will strip the Sackler name from its campus and accept no further donations from the family.
The decision ends a relationship that has spanned nearly four decades and brought $15 million to the school's science and medical programs.
Tufts leaders said they considered the issue for more than a year before concluding it is inconsistent with the school's values to display the family's name.
Officials said the Sackler name will now be dropped from all campus facilities and programs, including the biomedical sciences school, the medical school building, a laboratory and two research funds.
Eight billionaire members from the pharmaceutical family have had an avalanche of lawsuits brought by US states, counties and cities seeking accountability and damages for the overdose deaths and opioid addiction affecting communities coast to coast.