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Major opioid maker Purdue Pharma is arguing that an Ohio lawsuit should be thrown out because the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of its popular painkiller.
Ohio is among several states suing opioid makers, and claims these companies falsely marketed the drugs and downplayed the addictive effects of opioid painkillers that drove an epidemic still ravaging the United States. Purdue Pharma, maker of popular painkiller Oxycontin, argues that it marketed the drugs according to FDA guidelines.
Lawsuit - Others - States - Localities - Response
The lawsuit, and others filed from several states and localities, are a response to a nationwide epidemic that took 33,000 lives in 2015, according to federal data.
Ohio argued in its lawsuit that Purdue Pharma marketed the drugs to treat chronic pain. Ohio defines chronic pain as noncancer pain lasting three or more months. However, Purdue Pharma says that the FDA approved Purdue's long-acting...
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