Massachusetts AG Maura Healey sues opioid maker Purdue Pharma

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Tuesday sued oxycodone (OxyContin) maker Purdue Pharma, alleging the company and its executives knowingly engaged in a scheme to mislead doctors and consumers about the deadly dangers of its opioids.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Tuesday sued oxycodone (OxyContin) maker Purdue Pharma, alleging the company and its executives knowingly engaged in a scheme to mislead doctors and consumers about the deadly dangers of its opioids. Healey claims the company and 16 of its key directors and executives actively obfuscated the truth about opioid use, downplaying the perils of addiction and overdoses with the aim of getting more people to take them at higher doses for longer periods of time in order to help the business's bottom line. Since May 2007, Purdue salespeople met with Massachusetts prescribers and pharmacists more than 150,000 times, the lawsuit says. It cites several different doctors Purdue allegedly targeted, with sales representatives pressing the prescribers to dole out more and higher doses of the company's opioids. The company said it "vigorously" denies Healey's allegations. "We believe it is inappropriate for the Commonwealth to substitute its judgment for the judgment of the regulatory, scientific, and medical experts at FDA," a company statement said. Other state attorneys general have taken similar legal action against Purdue.