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Crime OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma pleads guilty in criminal case

20:40  24 november  2020
20:40  24 november  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Purdue Pharma , the maker of OxyContin , has agreed to plead guilty to three federal criminal charges for its role in creating the nation's opioid crisis and will pay more than billion and close States across the country have filed claims topping trillion in the Purdue Pharma bankruptcy case .

The maker of OxyContin painkillers has reached an .3bn (£6.3bn) settlement and agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges to resolve a probe of its role in fuelling America's opioid crisis. Purdue Pharma will admit to enabling the supply of drugs "without legitimate medical purpose".

Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty Tuesday to three criminal charges, formally admitting its role in an opioid epidemic that has contributed to hundreds of thousands of deaths over the past two decades.

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 8, 2007, file photo, a Purdue Pharma logo is affixed to part of a Purdue building in Stamford, Conn. Proposed settlements between the federal government and OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and its owners cleared a major legal hurdle Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, when a bankruptcy judge said they could move ahead. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Tuesday, May 8, 2007, file photo, a Purdue Pharma logo is affixed to part of a Purdue building in Stamford, Conn. Proposed settlements between the federal government and OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and its owners cleared a major legal hurdle Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, when a bankruptcy judge said they could move ahead. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File)

In a virtual hearing with a federal judge in Newark, New Jersey, the OxyContin maker admitted impeding the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's efforts to combat the addiction crisis. Purdue acknowledged that it had not maintained an effective program to prevent prescription drugs from being diverted to the black market, even though it had told the DEA it did have such a program, and that it provided misleading information to the agency as a way to boost company manufacturing quotas.

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Purdue Pharma , the maker of OxyContin , and its owners, the Sackler family, are facing hundreds of lawsuits across the country for the company's alleged Purdue Pharma LP, the pharmaceutical giant responsible for manufacturing OxyContin , pleaded guilty to criminal charges and faces roughly .3

Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images. Purdue Pharma is about to have a moderately unpleasant day. The maker of OxyContin will plead guilty to three criminal charges as part of an .3 billion settlement with the Justice Department, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.

FILE- In this Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, file photo Purdue Pharma headquarters stands in Stamford, Conn. Proposed settlements between the federal government and OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and its owners cleared a major legal hurdle Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, when a bankruptcy judge said they could move ahead. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE- In this Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, file photo Purdue Pharma headquarters stands in Stamford, Conn. Proposed settlements between the federal government and OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and its owners cleared a major legal hurdle Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, when a bankruptcy judge said they could move ahead. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

It also admitted paying doctors through a speakers program to induce them to write more prescriptions for its painkillers.

The guilty pleas were entered by Purdue board chairperson Steve Miller on behalf of the company. They were part of a criminal and civil settlement announced last month between the Stamford, Connecticut-based company and the Justice Department.

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Purdue Pharma , the makers of the painkiller OxyContin , pleaded guilty to three federal criminal felony charges Wednesday as part of an .3 billion Following the initial September 2019 settlement — which the company agreed to in order to avoid a court case — Purdue Pharma filed for Chapter

Purdue Pharma , the company that makes OxyContin , the powerful prescription painkiller that experts say helped touch off an opioid epidemic, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than US billion (.2 billion), US Justice Department officials say.

The deal includes $8.3 billion in penalties and forfeitures, but the company is on the hook for a direct payment to the federal government of only a fraction of that, $225 million. It would pay the smaller amount as long as it executes a settlement moving through federal bankruptcy court with state and local governments and other entities suing it over the toll of the opioid epidemic.

Members of the wealthy Sackler family who own the company have also agreed to pay $225 million to the federal government to settle civil claims. No criminal charges have been filed against family members, although their deal leaves open the possibility of that in the future.

Purdue's plea to federal crimes provides only minor comfort for advocates who want to see harsher penalties for the OxyContin maker and its owners. The ongoing drug overdose crisis, which appears to be growing worse during the coronavirus pandemic, has contributed to the deaths of more than 470,000 Americans over the past two decades, most of those from legal and illicit opioids.

The attorneys general for about half the states opposed the federal settlement, as well as the company’s proposed settlement in bankruptcy court. In the bankruptcy case, Purdue has proposed transforming into a public benefit corporation with its proceeds going to help address the opioid crisis.

The attorneys general and some activists are upset that despite the Sacklers giving up control of the company, the family remains wealthy and its members will not face prison or other individual penalties.

The activists say there’s no difference between the actions of the company and its owners, who also controlled Purdue's board until the past few years.

Simms, Clemson beat Purdue 81-70, win Space Coast Challenge .
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