Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt sues maker of OxyContin

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt sues maker of OxyContin

"We are disappointed that after months of good faith negotiations working toward a meaningful resolution to help these states address the opioid crisis, this group of attorneys general have unilaterally chose to pursue a costly and protracted litigation process", Purdue said.

Six more USA states on Tuesday announced lawsuits against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP, accusing the company of fueling a national opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing its prescription painkillers to generate billions of dollars in sales.

More than a year ago, Stenehjem's office, together with a coalition of other states, launched an investigation that obtained hundreds of thousands of documents from the manufacturers and distributors of various opioid prescription medications.

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.

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

The Texas lawsuit accuses Purdue Pharma of using a marketing campaign to convince doctors and consumers that their opioid drugs are effective for treating long term pain and have a low risk of addiction.

In a statement sent to us, Purdue Pharma officials said they deny these allegations and look forward to presenting their defense. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says he has filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma. "Purdue initiated the expansion of the opioid market that created the opioid crisis", Stenehjem said.

Stenehjem says depending on how the settlement progresses goes, the state could amend its complaint to add other manufactures or bring separate suits.

Similar lawsuits were expected in Florida, North Carolina, North Dakota and Texas. The cases have been consolidated before a federal judge in Ohio.

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