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North Dakota Joins Lawsuit Against Drug Maker Purdue Pharma

16 May 2018, 06:44 | Opal Carroll

Texas, 5 other states sue Purdue Pharma, alleging deception that led to opioid overdose deaths

Texas sues national drug maker for 'deceptive' opioid practices

During a May 15 press conference, Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that his office has filed a consumer protection lawsuit against Purdue Pharma over the marketing and selling of opioids, including OxyContin.

The lawsuit also alleges that the drug company downplayed concerns about opioid addictions by "hyping" a concept known as "pseudo-addiction".

"My office is holding Purdue Pharma accountable for fueling the nation's opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing prescription painkillers including OxyContin when it knew their drugs were potentially risky and that its use had a high likelihood of leading to addiction", Attorney General Paxton said.

Asked if Texas will sue other pill manufacturers, Paxton said, "I would not be surprised". Slatery said three Tennesseans die each day from opioid-related overdoses. "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".

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Stamford, Connecticut-based Purdue in a statement said it denied the allegations.

USA state attorneys general of Nevada, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, North Dakota and Tennessee claim Purdue Pharma violated state consumer protection laws by falsely denying or downplaying the addiction risk while overstating the benefits of opioids. Company spokesman Bob Josephson says the civil lawsuits followed months of negotiations with state officials to address the opioid crisis. 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".

National law firm Robins Kaplan filed the lawsuits on behalf of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, as well as the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe and the Menominee Indian Tribe.



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