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The makers of OxyContin have been accused of funneling money out of the company in an effort to avoid liability, Connecticut's Attorney General has claimed.
Purdue Pharma, founded by brothers Raymond and Mortimer Sackler, was sued by a number of states, including Connecticut, in December for its role in the deadly national opioid epidemic.
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Now Connecticut Attorney General William Tong has said Purdue Pharma has fraudulently transferred hundreds of millions of dollars to the extended Sackler family to evade liability and accountability to victims in the state.
'We will not allow Purdue Pharma to cry poverty after illegally transferring hundreds of millions of dollars to members of the Sackler family—unearned funds these individuals reaped as Connecticut families suffered,' Tong said in a statement released on Monday.
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Meanwhile, in March the company settled a lawsuit brought by the state of Oklahoma for $270 million.
The amended complaint filed on Monday in Connecticut seeks to recover money transferred to multiple Sackler-controlled companies and prevent the future transfer of funds while the lawsuit progresses.
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When Purdue Pharma introduced OxyContin in 1996, it was aggressively marketed and highly promoted.
Connecticut's initial lawsuit alleges it was done so fraudulently, and the amended complaint provides more detail.
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Purdue Pharma is accused of intentionally deceiving doctors and patients about the risk of addiction and death in order to push opioid sales in doctors' offices, clinics, pharmacies, and hospitals in Connecticut.
During its first year on the market, sales totaled $48 million, and ballooned to almost $1.1 billion just four years later in 2000, according to an article published in February 2009 in the American Journal of Public Health.
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The amended lawsuit has alleged that Purdue Pharma accomplished this in party by falsely telling doctors that addiction was 'not caused by drugs,' but instead was the result of 'susceptible individuals' and that 'appropriate'...
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