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19:51  16 may  2019
19:51  16 may  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Five U . S . states on Thursday filed lawsuits accusing Purdue Pharma LP of illegally marketing and selling opioids , including OxyContin Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, West Virginia and Wisconsin joined 39 other states that have sued Purdue Pharma , Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said in a statement.

New York state on Tuesday sued Purdue Pharma LP, accusing the OxyContin maker of widespread fraud and deception in the marketing of opioids , and Opioid makers and distributors face hundreds of lawsuits by U . S . states , counties and cities accusing them of using deceptive marketing to sell the

Five U.S. states sue Purdue Pharma over marketing, selling of opioids© Reuters/George Frey FILE PHOTO: Bottles of prescription painkiller OxyContin made by Purdue Pharma LP on a counter at a local pharmacy in Provo May 16 (Reuters) - Five U.S. states on Thursday filed lawsuits accusing Purdue Pharma LP of illegally marketing and selling opioids, including OxyContin, contributing to a nationwide epidemic.

Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, West Virginia and Wisconsin joined 39 other states that have sued Purdue Pharma, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said in a statement.

The company's former president Richard Sackler is also a defendant in some of the lawsuits.

State officials accused Purdue Pharma of repeatedly making false and deceptive claims that opioids, including its OxyContin, were safe for a wide range of patients seeking to reduce pain.

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Litigation against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP is intensifying as six more U . S . states on Tuesday announced lawsuits Florida also sued drugmakers Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc, Allergan, units of Lawsuits have already been filed by 16 other U . S . states and Puerto Rico against Purdue .

OxyContin, introduced in 1995, was Purdue Pharma ' s breakthrough palliative for chronic pain. Under a marketing strategy that Arthur Sackler had pioneered decades earlier, the company aggressively pressed doctors to " U . S . state lawsuits against Purdue Pharma over opioid epidemic mount".

Purdue Pharma had no immediate comment, but was expected to comment later on Thursday.

State and local governments have filed hundreds of lawsuits against companies associated with opioids, including oxycodone and other prescription painkillers.

They have accused drugmakers, including Purdue, of deceptive marketing, and distributors such as AmerisourceBergen Corp , Cardinal Health Inc and McKesson Corp of ignoring how opioids were being used illegally.

Opioids, including prescription painkillers and heroin, played a role in a record 47,600 U.S. overdose deaths in 2017, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said. (Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; editing by Bill Berkrot)

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