States Sue Purdue Over Alleged Deceptive Opioid Marketing

States Sue Purdue Over Alleged Deceptive Opioid Marketing

States Sue Purdue Over Alleged Deceptive Opioid Marketing

Tennessee is joining four other states suing Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin and other drugs, for what the state calls "unlawful marketing and promotion" of the drugs.

Five other states also launched suits against Purdue on Tuesday.

Paxton's office wrote in a May 10 letter to the Texas Supreme Court that it planned to file a lawsuit under the state's Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

Mónica Villarreal, a mental health policy fellow with the left leaning Center for Public Policy Priorities, said in an email statement that the lawsuit could address important issues around the available opioid supply in Texas.

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"We are disappointed that after months of good faith negotiations working toward a meaningful resolution to help the state of Tennessee address the opioid crisis, the attorney general has unilaterally chose to pursue a costly and protracted litigation process", he said. 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.

The state alleges that Purdue made unsubstantiated claims regarding the benefits of long-term opioids treatment and falsely represented that opioid use improved patients' function and quality of life.

The companies did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the lawsuit.

"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.

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The lawsuit also claimed that Purdue targeted vulnerable populations, including veterans and senior citizens.

They allege the pharmaceutical company and opioid manufacturer played a leading role in the opioid epidemic in the Mid-South. In March, Slatery filed motions to intervene, or take over, the lawsuits.

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

Shafer said the county didn't want to wait for the state's lawsuit because already Shelby County suffers too big a burden from opioid addiction. Washington County is considering filing suit.

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