Maker of oxycodone gets hit with another state lawsuit

The Pennsylvania attorney general's office has filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, making Pennsylvania at least the 39th state to sue the company over allegations that oxycodone hydrochloride (OxyContin) was prescribed inappropriately.

The Pennsylvania attorney general's office has filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, making Pennsylvania at least the 39th state to sue the company over allegations that oxycodone hydrochloride (OxyContin) was prescribed inappropriately. The lawsuit says Purdue drug representatives made 531,000 detailing calls on doctors in the state since 2007, when the company settled with Pennsylvania and 25 other states and agreed to stop identifying illegal diversion of its oxycodone hydrochloride and to promote it only for federally approved uses. Only California doctors heard from the company more, according to Pennsylvania. Several physicians are named in the lawsuit whom the state says were call on by the company to promote opioid analgesics despite signs that they were prescribing to addicted patients or alarming pharmacies with their prescribing levels. Attorney General Josh Shapiro did not rule out future legal actions against Purdue sales representatives and executives.