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Purdue Pharma LLC

Hartford, CT: (May-08-07) In a lawsuit filed by the Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and state Consumer Protection Commissioner Jerry Farrell Jr. against Stamford-based Purdue Pharma LLC, the maker of the painkiller OxyContin, they alleged that the company propagated illegal marketing practices that led to greater abuse of the highly addictive painkiller. The suit claimed that Purdue Pharma also violated FDA rules by encouraging doctors to prescribe the drug to be administered every eight hours rather than every 12 hours, which has led to misuse, diversion and abuse of Oxycontin by increasing the amount of the drug in circulation. In a settlement reached with 27 states, Purdue agreed to pay $19.5 million as well as not to market the drug for off-label purposes, that is uses other than those approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. [HARTFORD COURANT: OXYCONTIN ABUSE]

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Published on May-10-07


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