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The state of New Hampshire has filed suit against OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma for its alleged role in helping create the opioid epidemic afflicting the nation. New Hampshire, which President Donald Trump recently dubbed a “drug-infested den,” is number two in the country for opioid…

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sued opioid distributors over its drug crisis, the first such case brought in a tribal court.

Back in 2007, Purdue was fined $634 million by the federal government for charges related to its “misbranding” of OxyContin. At that time, it was the largest fine ever levied against an American corporation. Purdue also reached a $19.5 million settlement with 26 states and the District of Columbia. New Hampshire wasn’t among those states that benefitted from the Purdue settlement.

Most recently, in 2015, the drugmaker agreed to pay $24 million to resolve a lawsuit by the state of Kentucky.

“To defeat the epidemic, we must stop creating new users, and part of that is making sure these highly addictive and dangerous drugs are marketed truthfully and without deception and in such a way as not to minimize addiction risks or overstate benefits to patients,” said Ann Rice, the state’s Deputy Attorney General. “New Hampshire continues to experience a severe opioid epidemic. Last year alone nearly 500 overdose deaths occurred – almost ten times more than in 2000.”

Purdue’s reply

Purdue provided a response to the New Hampshire lawsuit in a statement to the media:

“While we vigorously deny the allegations, we share New Hampshire officials’ concerns about the opioid crisis, and we are committed to working collaboratively to find solutions. OxyContin accounts for less than 2 percent of the opioid analgesic prescription market nationally, but we are an industry leader in the development of abuse-deterrent technology, advocating for the use of prescription drug monitoring programs and supporting access to Naloxone — all important components for combating the opioid crisis.”

The rash of litigation related to the opioid epidemic may not be over. According to a June report, some 20 state attorneys general have announced their own investigations into the roles played by pharmaceutical companies involved in opioid manufacturing and distribution.

If you or someone you care for is experiencing dependence or addiction to opioids, or any drugs or alcohol, don’t wait until it’s too late. Do something about it now. Call Novus today.

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Back in the early days of the opioid epidemic, few people if any had the idea that the opioid painkiller OxyContin was going to precipitate the tsunami of addictions and overdose deaths that continues today across America. It was the late '90s and early 2000s, a heady time for OxyContin maker…

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Back in 2001, OxyContin was seen as the prime force driving the fledgling prescription opioid epidemic across America. In West Virginia, addictions and overdose deaths had reached unprecedented levels. And oxycodone - the active ingredient in Purdue Pharma's extended-release painkiller OxyContin -…

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A blockbuster investigative report in the Los Angeles Times recently says Purdue Pharma knew about illegal sales of its opioid painkiller OxyContin to Los Angeles drug dealers, and failed to report it to authorities. The highly addictive and potentially lethal painkiller OxyContin, essentially…

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Close to a dozen abuse-deterrent prescription opioid painkillers have been approved by the FDA Panel over the past few years. Already this year, three more companies have submitted new opioid painkillers with abuse-deterrent formulation for approval. (Abuse deterrence means that the pills,…

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In its second move in a week aimed at beefing up regulations concerning the nation’s opioid addiction epidemic, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has introduced guidelines for the development of abuse-deterrent formulations for all approved generic oral prescription opioids. Earlier in…

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FED UP! Coalition, a grass-roots coalition of individuals, organizations and doctors concerned about the overuse of prescription opioid painkillers, is calling for the U.S. Senate to release records obtained over three years ago from an official investigation into suspicious financial ties between…

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The FDA has said no-go to Purdue Pharma's plan to bring a new immediate-release oxycodone painkiller to market. But the same panelists have approved an extended-release oxycodone painkiller from Collegium Pharmaceutical. Purdue's new painkiller, to be called Avridi if approved, was planned as…

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(Novus reports to professionals in the treatment industry to help support those that work to handle the epidemic of addiction in the US.) The Food and Drug Administration has approved the powerful and notorious opioid painkiller OxyContin for children as young as 11. Physicians who treat…

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Kentucky lawmakers have passed sweeping new legislation aimed squarely at the state's never-ending war with drug addiction, drug crime and drug overdose deaths. Nicknamed the "heroin law" by the media, it's designed to increase funding for treatment programs, tougher penalties for drug dealers, a…

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