Purdue Pharma sought secret plan to become 'end-to-end pain provider,' lawsuit alleges - CNN

The suit says the company and its owners, the Sackler family, whose name adorns some of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the country, engaged in a decade of deception to push their pharmaceuticals, namely the painkiller OxyContin, on doctors and patients, publicly denying what internal documents show they privately knew to be true: that the highly addictive drugs were resulting in overdoses and deaths.

Purdue examined selling overdose antidotes, including Narcan, as "complementary" products to the same doctors to whom it sold its opioids, the lawsuit claims, and although the company maintained a ledger of doctors it suspected of inappropriate opioid prescriptions and other forms of abuse, dubbed "Region Zero," it continued to collect revenue from those doctors.

Opioid maker Purdue Pharma fights to prevent documents involving Sackler family from going public The lawsuit also includes a profit chart that the Massachusetts attorney general's office, which filed the suit, says shows that the Sacklers paid themselves more than $4 billion in opioid profits between April 2008 and 2018.

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