North Dakota joins lawsuit against maker of OxyContin

  • North Dakota joins lawsuit against maker of OxyContin

North Dakota joins lawsuit against maker of OxyContin

USA state attorneys general of Nevada, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, North Dakota and Tennessee also said Purdue Pharma violated state consumer protection laws by falsely denying or downplaying the addiction risk while overstating the benefits of opioids.

North Dakota and five other states are accusing a major pharmaceutical company of fueling the opioid crisis.

"Our office has conducted an extensive investigation into Purdue's highly aggressive market-ing practices and other unlawful conduct", said Slatery in the release.

"We are disappointed that after months of good faith negotiations working toward a meaningful resolution to help these states address the opioid crisis, this group of attorneys general have unilaterally made a decision to pursue a costly and protracted litigation process", Purdue said.

Stamford, Connecticut-based Purdue in a statement said it denied the allegations.

Stenehjem estimates Purdue has raked in almost 35 billion dollars from opioids over the years that have taken thousands of lives, numbers he calls unconscionable. Attorney General Paxton's lawsuit seeks significant penalties from the company for its illegal conduct, and a permanent injunction to prevent future harm to Texans.

State Attorney General Herbert Slatery announced the suit, filed in Knox County, on Tuesday.

The state alleges that Purdue made unsubstantiated claims regarding the benefits of long-term opioids treatment and falsely represented that opioid use improved patients' function and quality of life.

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

Similar lawsuits were filed in Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

National law firm Robins Kaplan filed the lawsuits on behalf of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, as well as the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe and the Menominee Indian Tribe.