Pennsylvania AG Sues OyxContin Maker

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has announced he’s filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the creator of the prescription painkiller OxyContin. While at least 39 state have already sued Purdue, Shapiro says this suit is is the first to specifically detail how the company’s sales force visited PA doctors more than 500,000 times and pushed them to write more and more prescriptions for the addictive opioid. With the exception of California, the suit says, Purdue “made more sales visits in Pennsylvania than any other state.” Shapiro says the company’s sales force would continue to call on doctors who over-prescribed and illegally prescribed OxyContin. Shapiro contends that Purdue misinformed doctors about the addictive nature of OxyContin. All the while, the company made more than $35 billion in revenue. Pennsylvania is one of the states hardest hit by the opioid crisis. An estimated 26,300 people died statewide from opioids between 1999 and 2017.