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Five more U.S. states sue OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma over opioid epidemic

Christian Fernsby |
Five U.S. states on Thursday filed lawsuits accusing Purdue Pharma LP of illegally marketing and selling opioids, escalating the wave of litigation over a nationwide abuse epidemic.

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Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, West Virginia and Wisconsin joined 39 states to file lawsuits targeting Purdue Pharma and its leaders, including former president Richard Sackler and his family.

Officials accused Purdue Pharma of repeatedly making false and deceptive claims that opioids, including OxyContin, were safe for a wide range of patients seeking to reduce pain.

“This is a bipartisan effort,” Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, a Democrat, said on a conference call.

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