Purdue Pharma, manufacturer of oxycontin, already many complaints about the product.
Massachusetts, the manufacturer of prescription opioid pain relievers oxycodone already sued and its executives Tuesday, accusing the company of fueling the deadly drug, abuse, crisis, and turning a “web of illegal deceit”, in order to increase the profits.
The lawsuit — what the state attorney general says is the first, the names of the executives of the company in connection with opioid-related deaths — such as Purdue Pharma defending against lawsuits from several other States and local governments is already in place.
Purdue Pharma and its executives built a multi-billion-dollar business is based on deception and addiction. We are being sued. https://t.co/FFWhquz9b8
— Maura Healey (@MassAGO) June 13, 2018
“Purdue Pharma and its executives built a multi-billion-dollar business is based on deception and addiction. We are suing,” Attorney General Maura Healey tweeted Tuesday.
The Massachusetts lawsuit names 16 current and former executives and members of the Executive Board-including CEO Craig Landau, and members of the Sackler family, the owners of the Purdue.
“Their strategy was simple: the more drugs they sold, the more money you made, and the more people died.”
– Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey
The lawsuit alleges, Purdue played down the risks of opioids and prescribers pushed patients to keep the medication for longer aggressively targets vulnerable population groups, such as seniors and veterans.
“Their strategy was simple: the more drugs they sold, the more money they made, and killed more people,” Healey said.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey speaks in Worcester, Mass., 1. June 2018.
Purdue has “vigorously” denied the accusations of a ride.
“However, we are disappointed that in the midst of good faith negotiations with many States, the Commonwealth has decided to pursue a costly and lengthy litigation process,” the company said in a statement. “We will continue to bring the cooperation with the States, meaningful solutions.”
The Massachusetts lawsuit, which was filed in Suffolk Superior Court, alleges that Purdue leadership encourages deadly misconduct by the company “” when lining their pockets. The sale of more than 70 million doses of prescription opioids in the state over the last decade, brought together more than 500 million US dollars for the company, Healey says.
“It was Purdue executives, led, and directed this illegal business model, to lead to addiction and to enrich deception, a few leave, while you said a path of devastation and destruction in its Wake,” Healey.
According to Healey, more than 670 of the Massachusetts residents have died from Purdue opioids since 2009.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.