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Saturday, June 09, 2018

Purdue Pharma wants data sealed
A family that became one of the wealthiest in the country by taking advantage of opiate addicts in Tennessee doesn't want anyone to know how they marketed and sold a painkiller that is now the source of a national health epidemic. Purdue Pharma, owned by the Sackler family of Connecticut, is asking a Knox County Circuit Court to block the public from seeing the information about the internal workings of the business. District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn also has filed a lawsuit naming Purdue Pharma as defendant. Forbes magazine says the Sackler family’s fortune came, mostly from the firm’s peddling of oxycontin, as a miracle painkiller safe for patients. Purdue’s sales shot up by $35 billion after it introduced oxycontin onto the market in 1995. It now earns $3 billion annually from the sale of drugs. Tennessee is suing Purdue for allegedly hiding the addictive properties of opiate-based painkillers from both doctors and patients, and then using cash to lobby against regulations, laws and police scrutiny. The full details of the allegations are under seal however the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government and USA TODAY NETWORK have filed a motion to have the lawsuit made public.

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