Five state attorneys general announced a lawsuit against the company that manufacturers OxyContin Thursday, accusing the drugmaker, Purdue Pharma, of exacerbating the opioid epidemic through illegal marketing tactics. "This lawsuit reveals many years of painstaking investigation," West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R) said in a statement. "The senseless death and ruined lives of untold thousands must stop. Our complaint alleges that the company used false and misleading information to deceive medical personnel and patients. They must be held accountable." Morrisey filed the lawsuit, which also names former Purdue CEO Richard Sackler, with the attorneys general (AGs) of Iowa, Kansas, Maryland and Wisconsin. The plaintiffs allege Purdue and Sackler employed deceptive marketing that misrepresented the the drug's potential for abuse, despite findings by federal regulators that its abuse-deterrent properties did nothing to prevent swallowing it, the most common form of...
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