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Purdue Pharma in Settlement Talks Over 2k Lawsuits

Purdue Pharma in Settlement Talks Over 2k Lawsuits”

The prescription painkiller OxyContin, introduced by Purdue in 1996, helped make the Sacklers America's 19th richest family with a combined net worth of $13 billion, according to Forbes. Details of the proposed settlement were also reported by NBC and The New York Times.

The Sackler household, which might now not be concerned with the corporate, would additionally personally contribute $three billion to the settlement and an additional $1.5 billion from the sale of one other drug firm they personal, Mundipharma.

As part of the settlement, the company would also reportedly provide addiction treatment drugs to the public at no cost.

Meanwhile, Ohio Attorney General David Yost's office confirms that Yost is "at the table and actively engaged in conversations with Purdue" regarding lawsuits being overseen by his office on the behalf of the state of Ohio.

"The (opioid crisis in Montana) began not with an outbreak, but with a business plan", the suit said in its amended filing in January 2018.

The company said in a statement emailed to NBC, which first reported the settlement, and The Times: "While Purdue Pharma is prepared to defend itself vigorously in the opioid litigation, the company has made clear that it sees little good coming from years of wasteful litigation and appeals". The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 400,000 people have died from opioid abuse since 1999.

In recent months, a number of cultural institutions, including New York's Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, have said they would stop accepting donations from the Sackler family. Oklahoma reached settlements with two other opioid drugmakers: a $270 million deal with Purdue Pharma; and an $85 million settlement with Teva Pharmaceuticals, one of the world's leading providers of generic drugs.

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