October 31, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Complaint Lays Blame for Epidemic on Company’s “Dangerously False” Marketing Push

TRENTON – Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced today that the State has filed a five-count lawsuit against Purdue Pharma L.P. alleging a “direct” link between New Jersey’s opioid crisis and a push by Purdue to boost profits by deceptively marketing addictive medications and exploiting vulnerable new markets, such as the elderly and the “opioid-naïve.”  The lawsuit charges Purdue with widespread deception about the risks and benefits of these dangerously addictive pain medications.

“When we point the finger of blame for the deadly epidemic that has killed thousands in New Jersey, Purdue is in the bullseye of the target,” said Attorney General Porrino. “Today, my office took the first step toward holding them legally and financially responsible for their deception.”

Filed today in Superior Court in Essex County, the State’s 100-page complaint charges that Purdue manipulated the public and even the medical community to embrace the view that pain was undertreated and that opioids should be the first-line solution for patients suffering from chronic conditions such as moderate back pain, migraine headaches and arthritis. The complaint alleges that Purdue aggressively marketed its blockbuster opioid drugs – particularly OxyContin – as safe, effective, long-term treatments for chronic pain.  It also alleges Purdue failed to disclose that it had no studies to support the efficacy or safety of opioid medications for treatment periods longer than 12 weeks. 

The Attorney General has retained the law firms of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC and the Keefe Law Firm to assist the State in the Purdue matter.

The full press release can be accessed here.