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Montana Files Opioid Suit Against Purdue Pharma

Montana’s attorney general has announced that the state is suing Purdue Pharma for its allegedly deceptive opioid marketing, claiming that more than 700 people have died of opioid overdoses in MT in the last 17 years. State Attorney General Timothy Fox said the prescription drug addiction is deadlier than cocaine, heroin, and methadone combined, and claims that Purdue misrepresented the risks and benefits of opioids, which helped fuel the crisis.  He alleged that Purdue used deceptive marketing to manipulate physicians into prescribing OxyContin for patients without sufficiently advising doctors or patients of the dangers of addiction. The MT suit,  State of Montana v. Purdue Pharma LP, alleges that Purdue told physicians that OxyContin would work for 12 hours but knew that was not correct for many patients, which led to increased prescribing.  Purdue denies the allegations and has said it is working to help the opioid crisis.  Purdue also referred to the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, a publication now referenced by many health regulatory boards, including Boards of Medicine.