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Stein Sues Purdue Pharma Over Deceptive Marketing of Opioids

Stein Sues Purdue Pharma Over Deceptive Marketing of Opioids

The state's original lawsuit, which was filed in Knox County Circuit Court a year ago, alleges Purdue violated the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act, as well as a 2007 settlement made with the state of Tennessee and, "created a statewide public nuisance by interfering with the health of Tennesseans and the commercial marketplace".

On its homepage, Purdue has acknowledged the opioid epidemic.

New York's acting attorney general announced Wednesday that the state is preparing to sue the maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin, making NY the seventh state to announce a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma this week.

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.

NY and other states announced a nationwide investigation last summer into major opioid manufacturers and distributors.




The growing opioid crisis is impacting people around the country, but also right here in East Texas. "It's too little, too late for so numerous Texas families suffering from the opioid crisis", Nelson said.

"It's what has spurred us to redouble our efforts in the fight against the prescription and illicit opioid abuse crisis". As a result, physicians are cutting back on the prescriptions. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated more than 42,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in 2016 and they involved an opioid. That's five times higher than in 1999.

The Attorney General says filing a lawsuit is an important step in fighting addiction by going after the root of the problem. Texas' civil suit does not request specific monetary damages but does ask for a jury trial. The letter claims that the lawsuit falls under the Deceptive Trade Practices Act. But he added that each violation carries a fine of up to $20,000.

Paxton did not say how much money the state was pursuing but, according to a news release, his office "seeks significant penalties" from Purdue. "It is clear to us that Purdue profited by deliberately exploiting New Yorkers' addictions, and by pushing healthcare providers to increase patients' use and dependence on these potentially fatal drugs".

Lawsuits filed against Oxycontin maker Purdue Pharma and other drugmakers by Tennessee and Florida cast more doubt about the viability of settlement talks aimed at addressing the US opioid epidemic. Nevada, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas were part of that agreement.


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