Purdue Pharma Settles With States Over OxyContin

Law360, New York (May 8, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Drug manufacturer Purdue Pharma has agreed to pay 26 states and the District of Columbia $19.5 million to settle allegations that it encouraged doctors to prescribe OxyContin for unapproved uses and did not adequately disclose the potential for abuse of the drug.

The settlement, which still has to be approved by state judges across the country, would also force the company to market and promote the narcotic painkiller effectively, not base the bonuses of sales representatives on the volume of OxyContin prescribed, and use education about...
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