The State of New York is suing Purdue Pharma, one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of opioid painkillers, for what it says is the company’s role in driving the opioid crisis. On Tuesday morning, the attorney general’s office announced that it was filing a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company for allegedly misleading the public and doctors about the dangers of its opioid products, particularly OxyContin. The lawsuit is the result of a long-running investigation conducted by the New York Attorney General’s office, according to current Attorney General Barbara Underwood. (Underwood was appointed in May to replace her predecessor Eric Scheidemann, following allegations of sexual misconduct made against him.) It was filed in Suffolk County. “Our investigation found a pattern of deception and reckless disregard for New Yorkers’ health and wellbeing—as Purdue lined its own pockets by deliberately exploiting our communities and fueling an opioid epidemic that’s destroyed families across the state,” said Underwood in a statement. “We’re now holding Purdue to account for this reprehensible and illegal conduct. Our work won’t stop with this lawsuit: our office will continue to lead the multistate investigation of opioid manufacturers and distributors across the country.” At least 25 states, including Nevada, Texas, and Florida, have filed their own lawsuits against Purdue as of this May, according to Reuters, as have many state counties. The complaint, available here, reiterates many of the claims made in other lawsuits about Purdue’s marketing of OxyContin and other opioids. It says that starting in the 1990s, Purdue… [Read full story]
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