US Massachusetts sues opioid maker Purdue Pharma, executives

18:32  12 june  2018
18:32  12 june  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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(Reuters) - Washington state on Thursday sued OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP, becoming the latest state or loc. "I don't know how executives at Purdue sleep at night," Ferguson told reporters. Stamford, Connecticut-based Purdue said in a statement it was "deeply troubled" by the opioid crisis

Utah's attorney general on Thursday sued OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP to hold it responsible for its role in the opioid epidemic. Purdue and three executives previously pleaded guilty in 2007 to federal charges related to the misbranding of OxyContin and agreed to pay a total of 4.5 million to

Massachusetts on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma LP accusing the OxyContin maker of illegally promoting the use of opioids and became the first state to sue the drugmaker's executives and directors to hold them responsible as well.

The lawsuit, brought by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, alleges that Purdue deceived doctors and patients by misrepresenting the risks of addiction and death associated with the prolonged use of its prescription opioids.

The civil action, filed in Suffolk County Superior Court in Boston, added to a growing list of lawsuits by states and local governments accusing the Stamford, Connecticut-based company of deceptively marketing opioid painkillers.

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(Reuters) - South Carolina sued Purdue Pharma LP on Tuesday, becoming the latest state or local government to accuse the OxyContin maker of deceptive marketing practices that have contributed to a national opioid addiction epidemic.

A veteran New York litigator is taking on opioid makers . On the hunt for patients, his law firm started advertising, and in 2003, it filed its first suits against Purdue Pharma , the maker of OxyContin. Separately, the company and three executives pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges that they

But the lawsuit went a step further than those of other states by also naming 16 current or former Purdue executives and board members as defendants, including members of the Sackler family, which owns the company.

"These defendants must be held accountable for their role in the opioid epidemic that has ravaged our state and claimed so many lives," Healey said in a statement.

Purdue had no immediate comment but has denied similar allegations. The company in February announced that it had reduced the size of its sales force and would stop promoting opioids to physicians.

Opioids were involved in more than 42,000 overdose deaths in 2016, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Healey had been part of a group of 41 state attorneys general who were working together to investigate opioid manufacturers and distributors, including Purdue, and to negotiate settlements with the companies.

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Washington state on Thursday sued OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP, becoming the latest state or “I don’t know how executives at Purdue sleep at night,” Ferguson told reporters. Stamford, Connecticut-based Purdue said in a statement it was “deeply troubled” by the opioid crisis and that

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But in a May 8 letter, Healey's office notified Purdue that while it would continue to engage in settlement talks, it believed the public deserved "immediate and significant resources to mitigate this crisis" and planned to sue.

The letter was disclosed publicly when six other states participating in the multistate opioid investigation decided to sue Purdue on May 15. In total, it faces lawsuits by 24 states and the territory of Puerto Rico.

In 2007, Purdue and three executives pleaded guilty to federal charges related to the misbranding of OxyContin and agreed to pay a total of $634.5 million in penalties.

That year, Purdue also reached a $19.5 million settlement with 26 states including Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. But Healey's office alleges Purdue continued deceptively marketing opioids after 2007.

(Reporting by Nate Raymond in Boston; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

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