Purdue Pharma LP agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges over the handling of the company’s addictive prescription opioid OxyContin, in a deal with U.S. prosecutors that effectively sidestepped paying billions of dollars in penalties and stopped short of criminally charging its executives or wealthy Sackler family owners.
New York state filed civil charges accusing Johnson & Johnson of insurance fraud for downplaying the risks of opioid painkillers, including to doctors and elderly patients.
U.S. states claimed they are owed $2.2 trillion to address harm from OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP’s alleged role in America’s opioid epidemic, accusing the drugmaker in new filings of pushing prescription painkillers on doctors and patients while playing down the risks of abuse and overdose.
U.S. prosecutors are pursuing possible penalties of nearly $13 billion to resolve investigations of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma after uncovering evidence of criminal and civil misconduct stemming from the company’s alleged role in fueling the nation’s opioid crisis, people familiar with the matter said.
John Kapoor, the founder and former chief executive officer of Insys Therapeutics, was sentenced to more than five years in federal prison for the role his company played in the opioid epidemic.
Nektar Therapeutics withdrew the application for the company’s opioid painkiller for adults with chronic low back pain, after a U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel unanimously voted against the drug’s approval.
Insights into former president Richard Sackler’s control of Purdue Pharma and his aggressive stance on marketing OxyContin were revealed when internal company documents were unsealed following a four-year court battle in Kentucky.
Federal prosecutors are investigating six pharmaceutical companies for potential criminal charges in connection with shipping large quantities of opioid painkillers that contributed to a healthcare crisis, according to regulatory filings.
A recent report from the Associated Press alleges the Sackler family is using similar marketing tactics to push sales of OxyContin in China through another company they own, Mundipharma.
An Oklahoma judge said Johnson & Johnson must pay that state $465 million for fueling the opioid epidemic through the deceptive marketing of painkillers, down from his original award of $572 million.