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North Carolina AG Joins Other States In Suing Opioid Manufacturer

16 May 2018, 08:13 | Silvia Roy

Tennessee joins states suing Oxy Contin maker

Tennessee joins states suing Oxy Contin maker

The Attorney General says filing a lawsuit is an important step in fighting addiction by going after the root of the problem.

"I believe that credible evidence exists to conclude that Purdue knew the serious risks of long-term opioid use and minimized or ignored evidence that its product could be deadly", Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said of one of the nation's leading manufacturer of prescription opioids, including OxyContin.

The lawsuit also alleges that the drug company downplayed concerns about opioid addictions by "hyping" a concept known as "pseudo-addiction".

In 2016, 1,375 Texans died of opioid-related deaths.

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Despite filing separate lawsuits, the six attorneys general on Tuesday said they would continue to engage in settlement discussions with Purdue and other companies.

Stenehjem says because the company could be liable for up to $5,000 per violation, the potential damages are "enormous".

The lawsuit brought applause from people urging the state to take action on the opioid crisis.

Slatery requested that the lawsuit be temporarily sealed because documents Purdue turned over during his office's investigation contain "highly confidential, proprietary, or trade secret information".

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North Carolina is taking a big drug company to court. Laxalt's office has filed suit against any other pharmaceutical companies.

"It's time the defendants pay for the pain and the destruction they've caused", Florida State Attorney General Pam Bondi told a press conference.

Lawsuits have already been filed by 16 other USA states, Puerto Rico against the privately held company.

Stamford, Connecticut-based Purdue, in a statement, denied the accusations, saying its drugs were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and accounted for only 2 percent of all opioid prescriptions. The defendants include opioid manufacturers Purdue Pharma LP, J&J, Teva, Endo International Plc and drug distributors AmerisourceBergen Corp, Cardinal Health Inc and McKesson Corp.

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Last year, Shelby County Commissioners filed a lawsuit against almost 20 different drug manufacturers, doctors and pharmacies.



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