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Tennessee joins states suing OxyContin maker

17 May 2018

Lawsuits have already been filed by 16 other USA states and Puerto Rico against Purdue.

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

"When doctors expressed concerns about these risky and addictive drugs on their patients, Purdue tried to not only minimize those concerns but to encourage the doctors to prescribe them more", Stein said. "It represents a callous disregard for human life that Texans simply can not and will not tolerate". "As Purdue got rich from sales of its opioids, Texans and others across the nation were swept up in a public health crisis that led to tens of thousands of deaths each year due to opioid overdoses".

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

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While the state is seeking extensive financial damages from Purdue, Paxton said Tuesday that his immediate goal is securing an injunction that would force Purdue to stop misrepresenting its drugs in the state.

This is in addition to a larger investigation into multiple drug manufacturers and distributors Stein and 40 other attorneys general launched. 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.

Connecticut-based Purdue denied the claims in an email statement that said it will defend itself.

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Paxton says that amount will be determined once his office finishes looking over evidence.

Anesthesiologist Dr. Carlos "Nick" Lee explained to legislators how more doctors are trying to strike a balance when managing a patient's pain, but it's often hard. "It's why we're taking action", Purdue said. "At Purdue we are committed to lead our industry in helping address our nation's prescription and illicit opioid abuse crisis".

Watts said they've seen an increase in opioid-related cases in the Hub City.

Last week, representatives of Russell, Smyth, and Wythe counties in Southwest Virginia announced they will file federal lawsuits against opioid manufacturers, but the names of the manufacturers weren't announced. "They should be more liberally prescribing narcotics - opioid medication - as a standard treatment protocol".

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Lawsuits filed against Oxycontin maker Purdue Pharma and other drugmakers by Tennessee and Florida cast more doubt about the viability of settlement talks aimed at addressing the USA opioid epidemic.

Tennessee joins states suing OxyContin maker