North Carolina AG Joins Other States In Suing Opioid Manufacturer

17 May, 2018, 00:31 | Author: Keith Rowe
  • Texas, 5 other states sue Purdue Pharma, alleging deception that led to opioid overdose deaths

Nevada, Texas, Florida, North Carolina and North Dakota attorneys general filed similar suits.

Prescription painkillers are primarily to blame for the health crisis with Oxycontin, Hydrocodone and fentanyl being the main prescription drugs that lead to addiction and potential overdosing.

Stenehjem says Purdue "misrepresented and trivialized" the risk of addiction from prolonged opioid use. "It represents a callous disregard for human life that Texans simply can not and will not tolerate".

"As Purdue got rich from sales of its opioids, Texans and others across the nation were swept up in a public health crisis that lead to tens of thousands of deaths each year due to opioid overdoses", stated Paxton.

Last year, Paxton joined 40 other state attorneys general in serving investigative subpoenas to eight pharmaceutical companies that manufactured or distributed these highly addictive pain killers.

The order was filed under a 10-day temporary steal unless Purdue makes a motion to extend it.

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood said New York is committed to holding opioid manufacturers and distributors accountable for the damage they've wrought on New York's towns, communities, and families. Purdue says it's confidential, but the state has asked a judge to release the information.


The lawsuit, iled in state District Court in Travis County, claims Purdue Pharma violated state law by misrepresenting the risk of addiction associated with its opioids.

The State of Texas is suing Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, over the opioid crisis in Texas.

Paxton says that amount will be determined once his office finishes looking over evidence.

NY and other states announced a nationwide investigation last summer into major opioid manufacturers and distributors.

Anesthesiologist Dr. Carlos "Nick" Lee explained to legislators how more doctors are trying to strike a balance when managing a patient's pain, but it's often hard. "We're seeing clients younger and younger", said Joseph.

In its own statement, Purdue said the company "vigorously" denies the allegations and looks "forward to the opportunity to present our defense". Those lawsuits are also vying for drug companies and distributors to reimburse counties and cities for the cost of opioid problems, including treatment, lost productivity, emergency room costs and more.

"You can't accomplish anything in terms of getting companies to admit they are responsible without filing lawsuits", Papantonio said. The first trial consolidating three OH cases is set to begin in March 2019 and is considered to be a test of how other lawsuits may shake out.

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