SUNY officially revokes Kapoor name from UB's Pharmacy School

Jun 20, 2019

The State University of New York Board of Trustees on Thursday revoked the names of John and Editha Kapoor from the University at Buffalo's School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The school is now officially named the Pharmacy Building.

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The UB Council initiated the building - known as Kapoor Hall - renaming process on June 3.

Kapoor, a UB alumnus, was convicted with four co-defendents of racketeering conspiracy by a federal jury in May. The federal government accused Kapoor, the founder of Insys Therapeutics, and his co-defendants of running a nationwide bribery scheme.

Between 2012 and 2015, Insys allegedly paid doctors to prescribe its potent opioid medication and then lied to insurance companies to ensure that the expensive fentanyl-based painkiller would be covered. Kapoor is among the highest-ranking pharmaceutical executives to face trial amid a national opioid epidemic.

The resolution renaming the South Campus building by the SUNY Board also revoked the honorary degree awarded to Kapoor in 2000.

NPR's Gabrielle Emanuel contributed to this story.