North Dakota Joins Lawsuit Against Drug Maker Purdue Pharma

North Dakota Joins Lawsuit Against Drug Maker Purdue Pharma

Attorney General Ken Paxton is leading Texas into a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma for exacerbating the opioid crisis among Texans.

"Our Office has conducted an extensive investigation into Purdue's highly aggressive marketing practices and other unlawful conduct", Slattery said. Of the top 25 cities for opioid abuse, four are in Texas - Texarkana, Amarillo, Odessa and Longview.

Hundreds of similar lawsuits have been filed against drug manufacturers and distributors.

The Tennessee suit accuses Purdue of unlawfully marketing and promoting OxyContin and other drugs and creating a statewide public nuisance by interfering with the health of Tennesseans and the commercial marketplace.

Beyond holding the company accountable, Paxton went personal during the press conference when he talked about hearing stories of families "losing sons and daughters" to addiction.

He said the state is still investigating other pharmaceutical companies and distributors.

Purdue also faces three other lawsuits in Tennessee from 14 district attorneys general, including Sullivan County District Attorney General Barry Staubus.

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- Falsely representing that Purdue's abuse-deterrent formulation of OxyContin reduces the risks of OxyContin, including the risk of addiction.

"Those bringing lawsuits would be better served addressing the root causes, rather than trying to redirect blame through litigation", John Parker, the organization's senior vice president, said in a statement. But it also prompted complaints from some critics of Paxton that the state hasn't done more. One Nevadan dies on average each day from drug overdose, Laxalt said.

"Needless to say, our country is feeling a lot of pain in the hands of pain pills", Paxton said. "Lawsuits in other jurisdictions have been much stronger than this one".

In a statement, Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma denied the claims and said the company will defend itself. But more should be done, she said. The opioid epidemic exists in all counties in Nevada.

Sales of Purdue Pharma opioids are worth billions of dollars every year nationwide.

He says the filing by these attorneys general promises costly and protracted litigation. In March, Slatery filed motions to intervene, or take over, the lawsuits.

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