North Carolina one of six states suing drug company Perdue Pharm

16 May, 2018, 08:11 | Author: Hope Soto
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Attorney General Josh Stein filed a lawsuit against Perdue Pharma, which makes Oxycontin. Each day, 115 Americans die of opioid overdoses.

Nevada, Texas, Florida, North Carolina and North Dakota attorneys general filed similar suits.

Connecticut-based Purdue denied the claims in an email statement that said it will defend itself.

Company spokesman Bob Josephson said the civil lawsuits followed months of negotiations with state officials to address the opioid crisis.

"We are disappointed that after months of good faith negotiations working toward a meaningful resolution to help these states address the opioid crisis, this group of attorneys general have unilaterally chose to pursue a costly and protracted litigation process", Purdue said.

Stenehjem estimates Purdue has raked in almost 35 billion dollars from opioids over the years that have taken thousands of lives, numbers he calls unconscionable. However, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) noted in its 2016 guidelines that "there is no good evidence that opioids improve pain or function with long-term use".

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"Today's lawsuit is another step on the path toward justice for victims of this epidemic", Laxalt said.

The other companies did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The 270-page complaint outlines the state's argument, which accuses the company of causing the "most devastating public health crisis in Tennessee history" by making unlawful and misleading claims about the safety and benefits of drugs like OxyContin. Rand, who prescribed over 401,000 more opiate pills in 2015 any other doctor in Northern Nevada and was a client of Purdue Pharma, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Yenick's death, and operating a pill-mill out of his office as well as a local Ford dealership. A spokeswoman for the office did not say when that lawsuit would be filed. He later withdrew the motions, allowing the district attorneys to continue handling the cases.

"Even though we have separate lawsuits we can work together for the same goal of trying to hold the folks that helped create this problem accountable", he said.

In September, Paxton announced he was joining a 41-state investigation of companies that manufacture or sell opioids. Washington County is considering filing suit.

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