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Texas joins 5 states suing opioid maker Purdue Pharma

Texas joins 5 states suing opioid maker Purdue Pharma

The privately-held company in February said it stopped promoting opioids to physicians after widespread criticism of the ways drugmakers market highly addictive painkillers.

The suit alleges Purdue violated the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act and created a statewide public nuisance.

Attorney General Ken Paxton is leading Texas into a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma for exacerbating the opioid crisis among Texans.

Tennessee is one of six states now going after Purdue Pharma, suing the makers of OxyContin and other drugs for unlawful marketing.

According to the attorney general, three Tennesseans a day die from opioid-related overdoses.

In a statement sent to us, Purdue Pharma officials said they deny these allegations and look forward to presenting their defense.

One of the country's largest pharmaceutical manufacturers knowingly exaggerated claims about the effectiveness of its drugs to mislead Nevada doctors to prescribe more painkilling opioid pills to patients, state Attorney General Adam Laxalt said today. The defendants include opioid manufacturers Purdue Pharma LP, J&J, Teva, Endo International Plc and drug distributors AmerisourceBergen Corp, Cardinal Health Inc and McKesson Corp. However, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) noted in its 2016 guidelines that "there is no good evidence that opioids improve pain or function with long-term use".

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Separate litigation involving at least 433 lawsuits by USA cities and counties has been consolidated in a federal court in Cleveland, Ohio.

The companies did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the lawsuit. He later withdrew the motions, allowing the district attorneys to continue handling the cases.

"It's time the defendants pay for the pain and the destruction they've caused", Florida State Attorney General Pam Bondi said Tuesday.

Staubus said Tuesday that he's pleased Slatery filed the lawsuit.

"We lack the resources that we need to treat this problem", said Stenehjem. "I think their lawsuit complements ours; it's not in competition".

Last year, Shelby County Commissioners filed a lawsuit against almost 20 different drug manufacturers, doctors and pharmacies. Dickenson County and Alexandria, Virginia, filed state lawsuits in March.