Judge Unseals Secret Documents About Purdue’s OxyContin Marketing
STAT filed a motion to bring to light the documents that include the deposition of Dr. Richard Sackler, a former president of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma. Purdue plans to appeal the ruling.
Los Angeles Times:
Maker Of Painkiller OxyContin Loses Legal Battle To Keep Lawsuit Records Secret
Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, lost a legal battle Wednesday to keep records and testimony about its bestselling and widely abused painkiller secret. A judge in Pike County, Kentucky, a region hard-hit by prescription painkiller abuse, granted a motion by a news outlet to unseal records from a lawsuit by the state accusing the company of fraud, conspiracy and negligence in the development and marketing of the drug. Purdue settled that suit in December for $24 million without any admission of wrongdoing. (Kim and Ryan, 5/11)
Last week, the Los Angeles Times took an in-depth look at the painkiller. Read the story here.