HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - 37 cities and towns in Connecticut have appealed a judge's dismissal of their lawsuits blaming Purdue Pharma and other drugmakers for the opioid crisis.The municipalities appealed to the state Appellate Court on Tuesday. They want to recoup millions of dollars spent responding to drug overdoses and other opioid-related problems.Judge Thomas Moukawsher in Hartford ruled Jan. 8 the lawsuits are not allowed because they were not filed as government enforcement actions authorized by state public interest laws.Related Content: Opioid crisis brings unwanted attention to wealthy familyPurdue Pharma officials have said the judge was right to conclude opioid manufacturers cannot be held responsible to municipalities for indirect harms from the opioid crisis. Stamford-based Purdue Pharma makes the opioid painkiller OxyContin.More than 1,000 lawsuits against opioid makers by state and local governments remain pending nationwide. … [Read more...] about Cities appeal dismissal of lawsuits against opioid makers
I find it ironic that Purdue Pharma has decided to spend $3.4 million to help fund a research group to develop a lower-cost naloxone nasal spray. It seems to me this is a day late and a dollar short. Over 72,000 people died from overdoses in this country last year. As an Associated Press story in the Portland Press Herald (“Opioid maker helps fund overdose antidote,” Sept. 6, Page B1) states, that is a 10 percent increase from 2016. Purdue Pharma didn’t stop pushing its OxyContin on doctors until earlier this year, even though they paid a fine of $634 million back in 2007 because they downplayed the fact that their drug was highly addictive. Today's Letters Doubt claims that socialism would solve our problemsAdopt instead of shop to save lovable animalsKavanaugh shows disdain for workers' rights, safetyBecoming a foster parent also has its challenges If this company really wants to help the millions of people who’ve been affected by addiction, then … [Read more...] about Letter to the editor: Too little, too late from opioid maker
Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press Updated 11:35 am CDT, Wednesday, September 5, 2018 FILE - This May 8, 2007 file photo shows the Purdue Pharma offices in Stamford, Conn. On Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, the company, whose prescription opioid marketing practices are being blamed for sparking a nationwide overdose and addiction crisis says it’s helping to fund an effort to make a lower-cost overdose antidote. less FILE - This May 8, 2007 file photo shows the Purdue Pharma offices in Stamford, Conn. On Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, the company, whose prescription opioid marketing practices are being blamed for sparking a ... more Photo: Douglas Healey, AP Photo: Douglas Healey, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 FILE - This May 8, 2007 file photo shows the Purdue Pharma offices in Stamford, Conn. On Wednesday, … [Read more...] about Major opioid maker to pay for overdose-antidote development
Charles Krupa/AP Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. More than a decade ago, OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma approached Rudy Giuliani, then fresh off a stint as the lauded mayor of New York City, asking for help: The little-known pharmaceutical company needed a trusted lawyer to help fight growing public relations and legal battles. It was 2002, and Purdue was facing its first lawsuits accusing the company of underplaying the addictive effects of its signature drug. By the time that Purdue sought Giuliani’s guidance, he was reportedly helping raise money for a museum dedicated to the Drug Enforcement Administration and his consulting firm, Giuliani Partners, was consulting the Justice Department on reorganizing its major drug investigations. Purdue employed Giuliani Partners for years, clad with its founder’s shiny post-9/11 reputation and political connections. When a federal investigation in the mid-2000s … [Read more...] about Senators Are Demanding Information About Giuliani’s History With Opioid Maker Purdue Pharma
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