Could the tide be turning in the opioid crisis? Purdue Pharma, one of the major manufacturers of opioid painkillers has announced that they will no longer be marketing the drug to doctors.
The company has said it will be cutting its sales force roughly in half and shifting entirely away from marketing the OxyContin painkiller that made it billions of dollars over the past two decades.
OxyContin was originally marketed as being far less likely to be addictive than previous pain killers. This turned out to be false, and by 2007, the company was forced to admit that it had lied to doctors and patients about the risks associated with the drug. The resulting fines totaled to almost $600 million.
Now that the mood of the country has shifted, and opioid addiction is being more regularly recognized for the health emergency that it is, companies like Purdue Pharma are backing away from the drugs that helped drive their profits.
Any good news is welcome, of course, but In the meantime, the so called opioid epidemic is not over. Tens of thousands still die each year due to the ongoing drug crisis. If you or a loved one has suffered due to drug addiction or bad drug prescriptions, you may be entitled to compensation.
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