House panel requests documents from Purdue Pharma

The House Oversight Committee asked Oxycontin-maker Purdue Pharma to hand over several documents that may help uncover more about the Sacklers, the billionaire family that owns the company, according to STAT.

In a letter to Purdue Pharma, Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the committee’s chairman, and Mark DeSaulnier, D-Calif., asked the company to provide a list of Sackler family members who have served on the board or worked as officers.

Lawmakers also requested documents prepared for the Sackler family about the marketing strategies for OxyContin and communications between company employees and family members.

While Purdue Pharma is facing hundreds of lawsuits for its alleged role in fueling the nationwide opioid crisis by misleading providers and patients about the safety of OxyContin,  attention is shifting to the Sackler family as well.

A lawsuit filed in Massachusetts named the Sackler family as defendants. The lawsuit claims that family members were involved in the company's sales tactics and knew about the risks of its opioids.

Purdue Pharma denies the allegations.

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