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Pain Management Feature Trailer 2019

Pain Management Feature Trailer 2019

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By Sam Brusco, Associate Editor03.29.19
The next significant casualty of the deadly opioid crisis may in fact be a pharmaceutical manufacturer.
 
Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin (the brand name for the opioid analgesic oxycodone hydrochloride) is reportedly exploring filing for bankruptcy to tackle the liabilities from about 2,000 lawsuits. All of these actions allege the drugmaker and its wealthy owners, the Sackler family, contributed to the crisis by misleading doctors and patients about the risks of prolonged prescription opioid use. Purdue denied the allegations, and according to The Guardian, claimed the FDA-approved labels for its opioids displayed warnings concerning the risk of abuse and misuse during pain treatments.
 
The company faces a May trial brought by Oklahoma’s attorney general that also accuses Purdue of contributing to a surge of fatal overdoses by flooding the market with the highly addictive drugs and falsely proclaiming their safety. The drugmaker sought to dispel the bankruptcy rumors in a Feb. 22 court filing for this case. “Purdue is still here—ready, willing, and eager to prove in this court that the State’s claims are baseless,” the company said in court papers.

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