Additional lawsuits filed against opioid manufacturers

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

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

Officials in the attorney general's office told state lawmakers Wednesday they will file suit against Purdue Pharma, one of the world's largest opioid makers, before the end of May.

Attorney General Ken Paxton said the pharmaceutical company violated the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act by misrepresenting the risk of addiction associated with prescription opioids. 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. Instead, Bondi said the distributors placed profit over safety and continued filling the suspicious opioid orders.

Citing Purdue's marketing materials, he claimed Purdue promoted something called "pseudoaddiction" to distract physicians from their concerns over the addictive nature of opioids.

Josephson added that Purdue announced in February it ended promotion of opioids to doctors and restructured and significantly reduced its commercial operation. They joined more than 20 other states that have sued companies including Purdue, Johnson & Johnson (jnj) and McKesson Corp.

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

Five other state's attorneys general also filed a similar lawsuit against Purdue Pharma on Tuesday, Stein said. "It's why we're taking action", Purdue said. Yet, Purdue promoted OxyContin and other narcotics to some of its top prescribers in Tennessee despite these many red flags and targeted our most vulnerable citizens.

Opioid drug overdoses were linked to the deaths of 1,186 Tennesseans in 2016, up from the 698 opioid-linked deaths in 2012, according to the latest figures from the Tennessee Department of Health (TDOH).

The two law firms' decision to file at the state level, Wolff said, will allow for a "more straightforward" legal process, as the County will communicate on its own behalf and would directly receive funds from damage awards.

"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 made a decision to pursue a costly and protracted litigation process", Purdue said.

The North Carolina egg farm at the center of a multi-state salmonella outbreak was infested with rodents, according to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspection report cited by the Washington Post. "We vigorously deny these allegations and look forward to the opportunity to present our defense".

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