Pennsylvania hits Purdue Pharma with opioid lawsuit

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro accused Purdue Pharma of fueling the opioid epidemic in the state in a lawsuit filed May 14, according to The Hill.

In the lawsuit, Mr. Shapiro claims the drugmaker misled physicians in the state about its drug by downplaying its addiction risk and saying there was no maximum dose. Additionally, the suit said the drugmaker made more sales visits in Pennsylvania than any other state except California.

"Simply stated, Purdue [Pharma] took advantage of addiction to make money," the lawsuit reads, according to the report.

Purdue Pharma faces similar accusations in lawsuits filed by more than three dozen states and 1,600 U.S. cities.

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