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Friday, June 15, 2018

Eight members of billionaire family behind addictive painkiller that is blamed for starting opioid crisis are targeted in lawsuit

The wealthy family behind a painkiller which is widely blamed for the country's opioid crisis has been targeted in a lawsuit filed by the state of Massachusetts.

The Sackler family, whose combined net worth in 2014 was estimated to be $14billion, owns Purdue Pharma, the pharmaceuticals company which produces OxyContin.

In a lawsuit filed on Thursday, members of the family along with other company executives are named as defendants and are accused of spinning a 'web of illegal deceit.'

Purdue Pharma is already defending lawsuits from several states and local governments, but Massachusetts is the first state to personally name the company's executives in a complaint, Attorney General Maura Healey said.

It names 16 current and former executives and board members, including CEO Craig Landau.



Anonymous said...

Stupid people. It's like saying McDonald's made you fat. Nobody is responsible for their own actions anymore.

Anonymous said...

11:12 So true.

Anonymous said...

Stupid person.I don't think McDonalds french fries have the same addictive qualities as oxycontin. While I agree with you that people today should be held accountable for their actions, the fact that they were prescribed this medicine and lied to about its addictiveness you can not hold them totally accountable. To be held accountantable is to know all the facts and be responsible for its outcome.

Anonymous said...

Bla bla 6:37 you’d have to crawl out from under a rock to not know what oxy is and what it does before you ingest it. Sueing the owners of a pharma company is just liberals shaking down a private business with wealthy owners. It has more to do with jealousy and wanting a piece of something that is not theirs than actual negligence.

Anonymous said...

They were also credited for marijuana, psychedelic drugs, powder cocaine, and every illegal drug from the 70's.