North Carolina AG Joins Other States In Suing Opioid Manufacturer

North Carolina AG Joins Other States In Suing Opioid Manufacturer

North Carolina AG Joins Other States In Suing Opioid Manufacturer

Texas joins states such as Tennessee, Florida and North Carolina that are suing Purdue Pharma for misrepresenting the risks of opioid addiction. "Since the release of OxyContin, Purdue has engaged in an extensive, well-crafted and highly targeted deceptive marketing campaign to spread false and misleading messages to health care professionals and patients in Nevada".

Tennessee and five other states are filing new lawsuits accusing a pharmaceutical company of using deceptive marketing to boost drug sales that fueled opioid overdose deaths.

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The announcements follow lawsuits already filed by 16 other USA states, Puerto Rico and New York City against the privately-held company.

"We do not have adequate, available, affordable treatment in the state of North Dakota, wherever you look, big city and small, rural and urban", said Stenehjem. "I believe that credible evidence exists to conclude that Purdue knew the serious risks of long-term opioid use and minimized or ignored evidence that its product could be deadly", Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said of one of the nation's leading manufacturer of prescription opioids, including OxyContin.

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"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 made a decision to pursue a costly and protracted litigation process", Purdue said in a statement.

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.

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At a press conference May 15, Paxton announced that his office filed a consumer protection lawsuit in the Travis County District Court against the company for allegedly violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA). The cases have been consolidated before a federal judge in Ohio.

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