Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Tennessee AG files suit against Purdue Pharma over opioid epidemic

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem announces lawsuit against opioid manufacturer in Fargo Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem announces lawsuit against opioid manufacturer in Fargo
Johnnie Parks | 16 May, 2018, 08:13

The Tennessee suit accuses Purdue of unlawfully marketing and promoting OxyContin and other drugs and creating a statewide public nuisance by interfering with the health of Tennesseans and the commercial marketplace.

Attorney General Josh Stein filed a lawsuit against Perdue Pharma, which makes Oxycontin. A new question on the list is regarding opioid abuse.

"There's nothing like talking to a mom who's lost her son from an overdose", Paxton said.

More than a year ago, Stenehjem's office, together with a coalition of other states, launched an investigation that obtained hundreds of thousands of documents from the manufacturers and distributors of various opioid prescription medications.

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

Stenehjem added in the release that the state will continue its investigation and look into the liability of additional companies that share responsibility for this epidemic, including other manufacturers and distributors. Each day, 115 Americans die of opioid overdoses.

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Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt announced a lawsuit Tuesday against pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma. "Purdue must be held accountable for its actions and its role in Nevada's opioid epidemic".

Dozens of county and city governments across Texas have also lawyered up and filed lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies.

"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 chose to pursue a costly and protracted litigation process", Purdue said in a statement. Laxalt's office has filed suit against any other pharmaceutical companies.

"Those bringing lawsuits would be better served addressing the root causes, rather than trying to redirect blame through litigation", John Parker, the organization's senior vice president, said in a statement.

Nationally, individual cases across the country have been absorbed into one multi-district case under a federal judge in Ohio.

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