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Lawsuit says drug company trivialized addiction risk

17 May 2018, 12:34 | Rodolfo Quinn

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Purdue, based in Stamford, Connecticut, denied the claims and said it will defend itself. Attorney General Paxton's lawsuit seeks significant penalties from the company for its illegal conduct, and a permanent injunction to prevent future harm to Texans.

And lastly, Stein charged that Purdue targeted vulnerable populations, including the elderly and military veterans, to increase sales.

"Defendants convinced doctors that instead of being addictive and unsafe for long-term use in most circumstances, opioids were required in the compassionate treatment of chronic pain", Simon wrote of opioid manufacturers.

Paxton said he's leading Texas to sue Purdue for several reasons including for lying to doctors and patients about the possibility of increasing opioid dosages without risk, falsely representing that common signs of addiction are signs the patient needs higher opioid dosages and misrepresenting the risk of becoming addicted to the company's abuse-deterrent formulation OxyContin. The companies have said they're working to be part of the solution to stem the tide of the opioid epidemic, which contributes to the deaths of an estimated 115 Americans per day.

A pharmacist holds prescription painkiller OxyContin, 40mg pills, made by Purdue Pharma L.D.at a local pharmacy, in Provo, Utah.

Company spokesman Bob Josephson said in an email statement that the lawsuits followed months of negotiations with state officials to address the opioid crisis.

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Other states, including Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina, North Dakota and Nevada, are also pursuing lawsuits against Purdue.

" Violating the 2007 judgment by not taking steps to stop sales promotion to prescribers whose practices showed "unambiguous, credible signs of abuse or diversion". But he added that each violation carries a fine of up to $20,000. Other investigations remain ongoing.

Tennessee is one of six states now going after Purdue Pharma, suing the makers of OxyContin and other drugs for unlawful marketing. He later withdrew the motions, allowing the district attorneys to continue handling the cases.

Staubus said Tuesday that he's pleased Slatery filed the lawsuit.

"We've identified that because of quality scores, there are physicians that will overprescribe", Lee said. "I think their lawsuit complements ours; it's not in competition". Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi accuses [press release] Purdue, and other manufacturers and distributors whom she filed suit against, of "profiting from the pain and suffering of Floridians" through a "campaign of misrepresentations and omissions". Dickenson County and Alexandria, Virginia, filed state lawsuits in March.



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