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Arizona Attorney General moves against Purdue Pharma

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TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona Attorney General’s office has taken legal action against Purdue Pharma, manufacturer of the opioid painkiller OxyContin.

The filing Monday in Pima County Superior Court alleged that Purdue engaged in deceptive and misleading marketing to push opioids, in violation of a prior court order issued in 2007 in connection with the state’s Consumer Fraud Act.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich said countless Arizona residents have been harmed by the opioid crisis that has swept across the U.S. and companies that use advertising that hide the risks of those drugs should be held accountable.

Robert Josephson, executive director of communications for Purdue Pharma, denied the state’s allegations and said it had shared FDA-approved information with those people prescribing the drug.

“We share the state’s concern about the opioid crisis,” Josephson said.

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