Former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Moves to Purdue Pharma

Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, previously Secretary of Agriculture under the Obama Administration has been appointed as a monitor for Purdue Pharma.  In his new role he will be responsible for ensuring compliance with a court-ordered restriction on promoting sales of opioid products.  The appointment follows the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by Purdue Pharma in advance of state and civil lawsuits alleging that OxyContin was responsible in part for initiating the opioid addiction crisis.

Since relinquishing his position as Secretary of Agriculture, Vilsack has served as the president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council. His $1 million annual salary was highlighted recently and was widely criticized given the state of the dairy industry.