Our first meeting of 2023 will be held next Monday, and will be presented by my fellow Café Sci organiser John Holroyde. John will be drawing on his experience in pharmaceuticals in the UK and USA.

The Pharmaceutical industry has made a huge contribution to improving the quality of many lives with advances continuing to be made in tackling diseases that were once considered incurable. However, the industry often attracts criticism over the profits that it makes, and the adverse reactions that occur in some patients.

John worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 35 years. During the time that he lived in Connecticut in the United States, a company from that state, Purdue Pharmaceuticals, were responsible for fuelling the opioid crisis, which has led to hundreds of thousands of deaths in the US from the misuse of pain killing drugs. What happened, and could it happen again?