February 6, 2018 / 4:46 PM / 4 months ago

Alabama sues OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma over opioid epidemic

Feb 6 (Reuters) - Alabama on Tuesday became the latest state to file a lawsuit accusing OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP of fueling the opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing prescription painkillers to generate billions of dollars in sales.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall alleged in a lawsuit filed in a federal court that Purdue misrepresented the risks and benefits of opioids, enabling the widespread prescribing of the drugs for chronic pain conditions. (Reporting by Nate Raymond in Boston Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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