Tennessee, 5 other states suing opioid maker Purdue Pharma

Tennessee, 5 other states suing opioid maker Purdue Pharma

Tennessee, 5 other states suing opioid maker Purdue Pharma

Asked if Texas will sue other pill manufacturers, Paxton said, "I would not be surprised". If you feel you're struggling with addiction, you can contact them here.

Tuesday, Attorney General Herbert Slatery claimed Purdue Pharma helped create one of the most devastating public health crisis in Tennessee's history.

Opioids are a family of drugs that include prescription painkillers such as OxyContin as well as illegal drugs like heroin.

Slattery III and a bipartisan group of attorneys general have filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharmaceuticals for their alleged unlawful marketing of OxyContin and other drugs that have caused and prolonged the opioid epidemic in the state.

Hundreds of similar lawsuits have been filed against drug manufacturers and distributors. In the course of the investigation, Stenehjem said he concluded that Purdue Pharma is in large part responsible for fueling the opioid epidemic.

The NC attorney general also said Purdue used deceptive marketing techniques, including targeting vulnerable patients like veterans and seniors.

"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".

But critics are already shooting down Paxton's plan, claiming Texans suffering from opioid abuse need better medical treatment right away- not a drawn-out lawsuit. Between 2010 and 2016, he says opioid-related emergency room encounters increased by 136 percent.

The drug manufacturer denied the lawsuits' allegations and said it is disappointed that after months of good faith negotiations working toward a meaningful resolution to help the state of Tennessee address the opioid crisis, the attorney general has unilaterally chose to pursue a costly and protracted litigation process.

The company also repeatedly claimed its opioid products did not have maximum dosage limits, even after doctors raised concerns, saying limits are dependent on side-effects experienced by the patient, the lawsuit alleges. "Purdue crossed the line, and I intend to hold them accountable".

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

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