Texas AG aims opioid lawsuit at Purdue Pharma

Texas, 5 other states sue Purdue Pharma, alleging deception that led to opioid overdose deaths

Texas, 5 other states sue Purdue Pharma, alleging deception that led to opioid overdose deaths

He says the company promoted the drugs through a "pervasive and deceptive marketing campaign".

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

Texas joined five other states Tuesday in lawsuits accusing a pharmaceutical company of using deceptive marketing to boost drugs sales that fueled opioid overdose deaths. Slatery said three Tennesseans die each day from opioid-related overdoses. 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.

Stamford, Connecticut-based Purdue in a statement said it denied the allegations.

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


USA state attorneys general of Nevada, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, North Dakota and Tennessee also said Purdue Pharma violated state consumer protection laws by falsely denying or downplaying the addiction risk while overstating the benefits of opioids.

Laxalt's lawsuit seeks civil penalties and damages for reimbursement and treatment, and seeks to cease Purdue's unlawful promotion of opioids on behalf of the State as a whole and the municipalities and counties.

Stenehjem estimates Purdue has raked in almost 35 billion dollars from opioids over the years that have taken thousands of lives, numbers he calls unconscionable.

"As a matter of common sense, drugs that can kill patients or commit them to a life of addiction or recovery do not 'improve their function and quality of life, '" said Stenehjem, adding the state will continue its investigation and look into the liability of additional companies that share responsibility for this epidemic.

Similar lawsuits were filed in Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

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