Texas files lawsuit against maker of OxyContin over opioid epidemic

Texas files lawsuit against maker of OxyContin over opioid epidemic

Texas files lawsuit against maker of OxyContin over opioid epidemic

NY joins six other states in suing Purdue - Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee and Texas - for its manufacture of the drug OxyContin.

The Texas lawsuit accuses Purdue Pharma of using a marketing campaign to convince doctors and consumers that their opioid drugs are effective for treating long-term pain and have a low risk of addiction.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Tuesday Purdue sold its drugs knowing they were "potentially dangerous" and its use has "a high likelihood" of addiction.

Lawsuits have already been filed by 16 other USA states and Puerto Rico against Purdue.

The attorneys general of five other states took similar legal action today against the Stamford, Connecticut-based pharmaceutical giant.

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

According to the attorney general, three Tennesseans a day die from opioid-related overdoses.

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 USA opioid epidemic. "Purdue targeted vulnerable patient populations, such as the elderly and veterans, while refusing to recognize the increased risk associated with opioid use in these patient populations".

"Purdue's deception lined the pockets of its owners and led to the deaths and hospitalization of thousands of Nevadans", said Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt in reference to his own state's opioid problem.

Lawsuits have already been filed by 16 other US states, Puerto Rico against the privately held company.

Six more states have sued Purdue Pharma, a manufacturer of the opioid painkiller OxyContin.

According to the lawsuit, Purdue "realized over $35 billion in sales from OxyContin since it began marketing the drug in 1996".

Gov. Andrew Cuomo also said the state "will not sit idly by as big corporations fuel the opioid epidemic and ignore the consequences of their actions". "Lawsuits in other jurisdictions have been much stronger than this one".

He also praised Bondi's selection of Clif Curry of the Curry Law Group and Rich Newsome of Newsome Melton to join Florida's team fighting opioid distributors and manufacturers.

"We vigorously deny these allegations and look forward to the opportunity to present our defense", it added.

The judge has scheduled three trials in OH beginning next year. First, they need to send a letter notifying the company the state is going to file a lawsuit, says chief criminal deputy Spencer Austin.

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