Curtis Hill Sues Owners Of Purdue Pharma For Misleading Risks Of OxyContin

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Curtis Hill Sues Owners Of Purdue Pharma For Misleading Risks Of OxyContin

Hill says the Sackler family personally profited from purposefully down playing the risks of their opioid based pain killer, OxyContin.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Helping spur the opioid epidemic in Indiana is what Indiana's Attorney General is accusing the owners of one drug make of doing.

Attorney General Curtis Hill is accusing the Sackler family, who owns Purdue Pharma, of “intentionally understated the health risks of long-term opioid use and deceptively marketed several drugs in ways that violated Indiana law.”

“We believe the Sacklers’ wrongful acts have left a wake of addiction, death and devastation in Indiana and across the country,” Attorney General Hill said in a news release. “I hope this lawsuit serves notice to all that this office will continue to hold accountable companies and individuals who are engaging in abusive, deceptive, illegal and/or unfair conduct that causes harm to Indiana consumers.”

Purdue Pharma, who is not affiliated in any way with Purdue University, is best known for producing and promoting OxyContin, a opioid based pain killer. 

Hill said the Sacklers violated the Deceptive Consumer Sales Act, the Prescription Drug Discount and Benefit Card Statute, the False Claims Act and the Medicaid False Claims Act. He said they purposefully down played the risks of the pain killer and personally profited from it.

According to court documents, the lawsuit seeks civil penalties, treble damages, disgorgement of ill-gotten gains, and restitution of sums constituting unjust enrichment.

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