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Health & FitPurdue Pharma to settle historic Oklahoma opioid lawsuit

15:11  26 march  2019
15:11  26 march  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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The maker of OxyContin will pay to settle a historic opioid lawsuit brought by the attorney general of Oklahoma . Will other drugmakers named in the Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter filed suit two years ago alleging Purdue helped ignite the opioid crisis with aggressive marketing of the

Purdue Pharma ’s corporate headquarters in Stamford, Conn.CreditCreditJustin Lane/EPA, via “ Purdue appears to have concluded that it was less risky to settle the Oklahoma case than have Whether other defendants will settle before then is unclear. Unlike many opioid lawsuits , which have

Purdue Pharma to settle historic Oklahoma opioid lawsuit© John Moore/Getty Images NORWICH, CT - MARCH 23: Oxycodone pain pills prescribed for a patient with chronic pain lie on display on March 23, 2016 in Norwich, CT. Communities nationwide are struggling with the unprecidented opioid pain pill and heroin addiction epidemic. On March 15, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), announced guidelines for doctors to reduce the amount of opioid painkillers prescribed, in an effort to curb the epidemic. The CDC estimates that most new heroin addicts first became hooked on prescription pain medication before graduating to heroin, which is stronger and cheaper. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) Purdue Pharma has agreed to settle a historic lawsuit brought by the Oklahoma attorney general who accused the OxyContin maker of aggressively marketing the opioid painkiller and fueling a drug epidemic that left thousands dead in the state, a source familiar with the case tells CNN.

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(CNN) - Purdue Pharma has agreed to pay 0 million to settle a historic lawsuit brought by the Oklahoma attorney general, who accused the OxyContin maker of aggressively marketing the opioid painkiller and fueling a drug epidemic that left thousands dead in the state .

to settle a historic lawsuit brought by the Oklahoma attorney general who accused the OxyContin maker of aggressively marketing the opioid The settlement which was first reported by Reuters , comes after Purdue fought the attorney general in court, seeking to delay the start of the trial, which is

The settlement which was first reported by Reuters, comes after Purdue fought the attorney general in court, seeking to delay the start of the trial, which is scheduled for May 28.

The source would not say whether other drugmakers named in the suit would follow Purdue's lead.

A spokesman for Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter declined to comment. The attorney general has planned a news conference for Tuesday afternoon in Tulsa.

In an email Tuesday, Bob Josephson, Purdue Pharma executive director of communication said, "We are not commenting at this time."

The suit was brought by Hunter against some of the nation's leading makers of opioid pain medications, alleging that deceptive marketing over the past decade fueled the epidemic in the state. Hunter has said the defendants -- Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Allergan and others -- deceived the public into believing that opioids were safe for extended use.

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(CNN) - Purdue Pharma has agreed to pay 0 million to settle a historic lawsuit brought by the Oklahoma attorney general, who accused the OxyContin maker of aggressively marketing the opioid painkiller and fueling a drug epidemic that left thousands dead in the state .

to settle a historic lawsuit brought by the Oklahoma attorney general who accused the OxyContin maker of aggressively marketing the opioid The settlement which was first reported by Reuters , comes after Purdue fought the attorney general in court, seeking to delay the start of the trial, which is

On Monday, the Oklahoma Supreme Court rejected the drugmakers' appeal to delay the trial for 100 days.

Purdue Pharma to settle historic Oklahoma opioid lawsuit© Bloomberg The drugmakers have denied the allegations and maintained their marketing was appropriate.

Thirty-six states have brought cases against Purdue and other opioid drugmakers. Oklahoma was the first state set for trial, and court observers have been watching the case closely for precedent.

The Oklahoma trial was set to be the first in the nation to go before a jury that could determine pharmaceutical companies' role in the nation's opioid epidemic and whether Big Pharma should pay for it.

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