OXYCONTIN MAKERS FINED FOR DOWNPLAYING ADDICTION RISK
Purdue Pharma L.P., the maker of OxyContin, and three of its executives were ordered Friday to pay a $634.5 million fine for misleading the public about the painkiller's risk of addiction.
I'm watching a documentary about it and you have to be very careful on the dosage, times you take it and even be sure not to take it if the tablet is broken because it can be very harmful. It seems there is a battle over the US government removing the drug from public use. There is a lot of money being made here with over $1 billion dollars annually going to the manufacturers of this drug.
In-depth: Oxycontin's 12-hour problem
An extensive investigation into the pain killer Oxycontin found that despite the maker's claim that the drug lasted 12 hours, the relief wore off much faster and left many patients with excruciating withdrawal symptoms and an intense craving for the drug. Ref. Source 4h.
6 states sue maker of OxyContin as they battle expenses, human costs of opioid crisis. The lawsuits — filed in state courts in Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee and Texas — accuse Purdue Pharma of aggressively selling its drugs it spite of knowing the products were potentially dangerous. Source 8g.