An article posted by PBS NewsHour is alleging that the family behind pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma made money off of the Opioid epidemic facing America.
According to court documents, it was discovered that Purdue Pharma took steps to keep OxyCotin on the market. They also aggressively pushed the drug to be prescribed after knowledge that the drug was highly addictive. Purdue Pharma also invested money into drugs such as Suboxone and Narcan, which are intended to help with addiction and overdose issues, often as a result of Opioid use. As a result, it was found that the Sackler family paid themselves over $4 billion dollars from 2007 through 2018.
Legal Consequences for Purdue
Despite Purdue Pharma’s attempts to keep the documents from being public, they have come to light. Three courts have ruled against Purdue Pharma.
Legal representation for the company commented that the state of Massachusetts who brought the lawsuit against the company (read more about that here), is trying to make an example of the company and “try the case in a court of public opinion rather than the justice system.”
How does this affect the cases moving forward?
Jonathan Novak, a Dallas based lawyer representing the state of Utah and the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico in other drug lawsuits said that the Massachusetts lawsuit can provide a good road map for other potential cases like this in the future.
I have been injured by the use of Oxycotin. What are my legal options?
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of using OxyCotin contact our office at (303) 327-9988 to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. Please also visit our practice area page on pharmaceutical drugs here for additional information.