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US Opioid crisis: US laboratory agrees to pay $ 8 billion

04:05  22 october  2020
04:05  22 october  2020 Source:   20minutes.fr

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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 $ 8 billion and close down the company.

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L'OxyContin, un anti-douleur aux opiacés, est fabriqué par la laboratoire Purdue Pharma. © Toby Talbot / AP / SIPA OxyContin, a painkiller opioid, is manufactured by the Purdue Pharma laboratory. UNITED STATES - Pharmaceutical group Purdue to plead guilty for its misleading promotion of painkillers

US pharmaceutical company Purdue to plead guilty to its misleading promotion of painkillers to opiates , and now focus on fighting against opioid overdoses, responsible for the death of more than 450,000 people in the United States for 20 years.

In an announced deal with the US Department of Justice, Purdue Pharma, owned by the controversial Sackler family, will plead guilty in New Jersey federal court to three counts, related to how he deceptively promoted this drug, and misled the US regulatory agency FDA between 2007 and 2017.

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The Pay Check. Purdue Pharma LP has agreed to a settlement with the U . S . Justice Department to resolve federal probes of how it marketed OxyContin, the The deal is likely to boost Purdue’s effort to move past claims it helped spark a public-health crisis over opioids with its marketing of OxyContin.

The laboratory will have to pay some 225 million dollars in criminal fines directly to the federal state, plus some 2.8 billion of dollars supposed to end the civil part of the litigation.

The problem is, this deal is still subject to court approval, as Purdue went under bankruptcy protection in 2019, so the company could only pay a fraction of this amount because many creditors are already waiting to receive a check.

Dissolution

The Connecticut-based company will also have to dissolve and then create a new entity dedicated to the "public good" (Public Benefit Company), managed by a trust: this entity will have to provide anti-overdose drugs free or at cost price and treatment for opioid dependence.

The profits of the entity should also contribute to the payment of programs set up by local communities - states, counties, Indian reserves - most affected by the opiate crisis.

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"Purdue deeply regrets and accepts responsibility for his misconduct" detailed in the agreement, its chairman, Steve Miller, said in a statement. "Purdue is very different today (...), we have substantially changed our direction, our operations, our governance and our mode of oversight," added the man who headed the laboratory in mid-2018, with the mission of finding a way out of the mountain of litigation brought against it.

The Sackler family in the crosshairs

The Sackler family - which financed museums around the world before being boycotted in the wake of the opioid crisis - will have to pay, separately, 225 million dollars in damages, aimed at settling its civil dispute with federal justice, the ministry said. "Today's agreement is a critical step in the ministry's efforts to hold all those who fueled the opioid crisis to account," said Jeffrey Bossert Clark, a ministry lead.

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Purdue will also agree to . 8 billion in damages to resolve its civil liability. Purdue would transform into a public benefit company, meaning it would be But after that, the nation's addiction crisis only deepened. As the maker of the best-known prescription opioid , Purdue is the highest-profile player in

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The deal comes after several years of federal investigations into Purdue's practices. However, it does not provide for any criminal prosecution against the Sacklers, much to the chagrin of prosecutors in several states, including New York, who are determined to continue their own legal actions to make them pay more.

"While our country is still recovering from the pain and destruction caused by the greed of the Sacklers, this family is trying to escape its responsibilities and compensate, at a lower cost, the millions of victims of the crisis", lamented New York State Democratic Attorney General Letitia James in a statement. "We will continue to take these cases to justice to get to the last penny possible, in order to limit future addiction to opiates," she added.

Comparison with the tobacco industry

As broad as this agreement - which comes after other ad hoc agreements sealed with laboratories or distributors of opioid drugs in recent months - it is far from ending the host of ongoing litigation in the USA.

Hundreds of local communities have taken legal action against laboratories, wholesalers and pharmacy chains distributing opioid drugs. All are accused of having, from the end of the 90s, pushed to an overconsumption of painkillers to opiates - until then used mainly in the treatment of the most serious diseases - even though they knew their potency. addictive.

The addictions thus generated have fueled the illegal trafficking of opioid drugs, such as the potent fentanyl, causing tens of thousands of overdose deaths each year - in total more than 400,000 in 30 years by adding prescribed drugs and illegal trade.

Some have compared these actions to litigation brought against the big tobacco companies in the 1980s and 1990s, accused of having played down the dangers of smoking for decades. They agreed to pay over $ 200 billion as part of a deal in 1998.

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