BOSTON (Reuters) – Massachusetts on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma LP, accusing the OxyContin maker of illegally promoting the use of opioids, and became the first state to sue the drugmaker’s executives and directors to hold them responsible as well.
The lawsuit, brought by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, alleges that Purdue deceived doctors and patients by misrepresenting the risks of addiction and death associated with the prolonged use of its prescription opioids.
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The civil action, filed in Suffolk County Superior Court, adds to a growing list of lawsuits by states and local governments accusing the Stamford, Connecticut-based company of deceptively marketing opioid painkillers.
But the lawsuit went a step further than those of other states by also naming 16 current or former Purdue executives and board members as defendants, including members of the Sackler family, which owns the company.
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“Their strategy was simple,” Healey said at a news conference. “The more drugs they sold, the more money they made, and the more people died.”
Healey said more than 670 Massachusetts residents who were prescribed Purdue’s opioids have died of overdoses since 2009. Her lawsuit seeks damages and penalties.
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