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Hundreds of cities, counties and Native American tribes file federal lawsuit against Sackler family over opioid crisis


A spokesperson for the families of Drs. Mortimer and Raymond Sackler, the late founders of the company, issued this statement: “These baseless allegations place blame where it does not belong for a complex public health crisis, and we deny them. The company our fathers and grandfathers founded manufactures an FDA-approved medicine … “While we have always acted properly, we remain committed to making a meaningful contribution to solutions that save lives by preventing diversion and abuse of prescription medicines and treating those who are suffering from addiction.” Purdue Pharma also denied wrongdoing.

More than 600 cities, counties and Native American tribes from 28 states have filed a federal lawsuit against eight members of the Sackler family — owners of the pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma LP — accusing them of creating the opioid addiction crisis through ownership of the company that manufactures the painkiller OxyContin. “Because they controlled their own privately held drug company, the Sackler Defendants had the power to decide how addictive narcotics were sold. They got more patients on opioids, at higher doses, for longer, than ever before. They paid themselves billions of dollars. They are responsible for addiction, overdose, and death that damaged millions of lives. They should be held accountable now.”, the suit says.

Original Article (CNN):
Hundreds of cities, counties and Native American tribes file federal lawsuit against Sackler family over opioid crisis
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