Tennessee, 5 other states suing opioid maker Purdue Pharma

16 May, 2018, 14:41 | Author: Lillian Steele
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"It's time the defendants pay for the pain and the destruction they've caused", Florida State Attorney General Pam Bondi said Tuesday. The lawsuit lays out, in stark detail, how Purdue violated the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act by making numerous unlawful marketing claims about its narcotics, including misleading claims about the safety of the drugs and their benefits to consumers.

"According to the National Institute of Health 1,375 Texans died of an opioid-related overdose in 2016 alone", said Paxton.

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".

Stamford, Connecticut-based Purdue, in a statement, denied the accusations, saying its drugs were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and accounted for only 2 percent of all opioid prescriptions.

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

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Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt announces a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma during a news conference at the Grant Sawyer Building in Las Vegas on May 15, 2018. He says proceeds from the lawsuit should be devoted to opioid treatment programs. In September, his office subpoenaed Purdue Pharma and four other drug makers, as well as three distributors, gathering information through the state's powers to investigate.

Slatery requested that the lawsuit be temporarily sealed because documents Purdue turned over during his office's investigation contain "highly confidential, proprietary, or trade secret information". He later withdrew the motions, allowing the district attorneys to continue handling the cases. "We're seeing clients younger and younger", said Joseph.

Bondi said state attorneys general from New York, California and MA were preparing similar lawsuits.

They allege the pharmaceutical company and opioid manufacturer played a leading role in the opioid epidemic in the Mid-South. Washington County is considering filing suit.

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