New York Is Suing The Makers Of OxyContin Over The Opioid Epidemic

Tennessee joins states suing Oxy Contin maker

Teva, in a statement, emphasized the importance of safely using opioids, while AmerisourceBergen said it was committed to collaborating with all stakeholders to combat opioid abuse.

"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 unsafe and that its use had a high likelihood of leading to addiction", Paxton said in a news release.

"Defendants convinced doctors that instead of being addictive and unsafe for long-term use in most circumstances, opioids were required in the compassionate treatment of chronic pain", Simon wrote of opioid manufacturers.

The Healthcare Distribution Alliance, an umbrella group for drug distributors, said in a statement that accusations that distributors were responsible for the abuse of opioid prescriptions defied common sense and lacked understanding of how the pharmaceutical supply chain worked.

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

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

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




"In the face of abundant evidence showing the drug was risky and that long-term use could lead to addiction, Purdue saw fit to exchange destroyed lives for financial gain", said Paxton.

Last year, Shelby County Commissioners filed a lawsuit against almost 20 different drug manufacturers, doctors and pharmacies.

Justin Nelson, a Democrat who is challenging Paxton's re-election bid in November, said in an emailed statement that the announcement "is too little too late for so many Texas families suffering from the opioid crisis" and that "Paxton has sat idly by while drug companies have hiked up prices with no consequences".

"Needless to say, our country is feeling a lot of pain in the hands of pain pills", Paxton said.

Slatery filed his suit in Knox County Circuit Court. A settlement could mean billion dollar payouts. Meanwhile, the petition alleged that from 1999 to 2015, Texas experienced a 3.5-fold increase in the state's number of opioid related deaths.

New York State Acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced on Wednesday, May 16, that the state is preparing to sue the maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin.

The judge has scheduled three trials in OH beginning next year.

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