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UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Tufts University severs ties with family behind OxyContin

Members of the family that own OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma say they will push to reverse Tufts University’s decision to strip their name from campus facilities and programs


States say they’ll keep lawsuits against Purdue on hold

State attorneys general with pending lawsuits against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and its owners will ask a federal bankruptcy judge Wednesday to give them more time to continue negotiating.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

Judge will halt lawsuits against Purdue Pharma, its owners

A judge is pushing for a settlement of more than 2,600 lawsuits facing OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma with a decision Friday to pause litigation against the company and members of …


Spokane City Council agrees to pursue legal action against manufacturers of opioid painkillers

Lawmakers asked the city’s legal team last year to explore litigation against the makers of OxyContin and other prescription painkillers, cited as the major source of the country’s opioid crisis. …


Purdue Pharma to stay in business as bankruptcy unfolds

A judge has cleared the way for OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to stay in business while it pursues bankruptcy protection and settlement of more than 2,600 lawsuits filed over the …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 16, 2019

Can Purdue Pharma’s opioid settlement win judge’s approval?

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma says its bankruptcy filing is not a way to seek refuge but rather an effort to resolve claims against it.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 13, 2019

N.Y. finds $1B in hidden transfers by family behind OxyContin

The family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma used Swiss and other hidden accounts to transfer $1 billion to themselves, New York’s attorney general contends in court papers filed Friday.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 27, 2019

OxyContin maker, government attorneys in settlement talks

State attorneys general and lawyers representing local governments say they are in active settlement negotiations amid a report that OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has offered to settle for $10 billion …


UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019

Revamped OxyContin was supposed to reduce abuse, but has it?

Dr. Raeford Brown was uniquely positioned to help the U.S. government answer a critical question: Is a new version of the painkiller OxyContin helping fight the national opioid epidemic?


California sues opioid maker Purdue Pharma

California on Monday became the latest state to sue the pharmaceutical company behind the painkiller OxyContin, alleging it falsely promoted the drug as not addictive even as it emerged as …


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019

Maker of OxyContin reaches $270M settlement in Oklahoma

The maker of OxyContin and the company’s controlling family agreed Tuesday to pay a groundbreaking $270 million to Oklahoma to settle allegations they helped create the nation’s deadly opioid crisis …


UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019

OxyContin maker: Lawsuit distorts facts, scapegoats company

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma is asking a Massachusetts court to throw out a lawsuit filed by the state’s attorney general that accuses the company, its owners and top executives of …


Montana seeks marketing injunction against OxyContin maker

The state of Montana is seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent the maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin from marketing opioids to Montana prescribers, seeking to put the force of …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 10, 2018

OxyContin maker will stop promoting opioids to doctors

The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin said it will stop marketing opioid drugs to doctors, a surprise reversal following lawsuits that blamed the company for helping trigger the current …


Lawyers appear in court for lawsuit against OxyContin maker

After the makers of the prescription opioid OxyContin filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against them, lawyers for the city of Everett are expected in U.S. District Court Monday …


Painful words: How a 1980 letter fueled the opioid epidemic

A report released Wednesday, May 31, 2017, traces how a short letter in a medical journal in 1980 helped sow the seeds of today’s opioid epidemic by helping to convince …


Everett counters OxyContin maker’s call to have lawsuit tossed

The city of Everett is firing back at the multibillion-dollar producer of the prescription drug OxyContin.


UPDATED: Mon., April 10, 2017

Workers’ comp programs fight addiction among injured workers

Meet a victim of the nation’s opioid addiction scourge: the American worker. A number of U.S. states are taking steps through their workers’ compensation systems to stem the overprescribing of …


Maker of OxyContin seeks to dismiss Everette’s lawsuit

The manufacturer of the powerful painkiller OxyContin on Tuesday asked a judge to dismiss a novel lawsuit by a city seeking to hold the company financially responsible for a raging …


Everett files lawsuit against painkiller manufacturer

The city of Everett has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the powerful painkiller OxyContin. The


As opioid abuse widens, drugmakers push new (unproven) alternatives

Pilloried for their role in the epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse, drugmakers are aggressively pushing their remedy to the problem: a new generation of harder-to-manipulate opioids that have racked up …


First drug-oozing implant to control addiction gets FDA approval

Federal health officials have approved an innovative new option for Americans addicted to heroin and painkillers: a drug-oozing implant that curbs craving and withdrawal symptoms for six months at a …


FDA reconsiders training requirements for painkillers

The Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering whether doctors who prescribe painkillers like OxyContin should be required to take safety training courses, according to federal documents released Friday.


California man sentenced to 2 years in federal prison for distributing OxyContin in Spokane

Jamil Jones, AKA Batman, will spend two years in federal prison and receive drug treatment after pleading guilty to dealing OxyContin for an illegal arms dealer in Spokane.


OxyContin ringleader gets 50-year prison sentence

The ringleader of a drug trafficking operation that brought thousands of illicit painkillers from California to Spokane over several years was sentenced to 50 years in prison last month.


Two face 201 counts in 40 Green Bluff burglaries

Two 21-year-olds were accused Thursday in a string of 40 Green Bluff burglaries. Trever J. Burzic and Damian A. Zowal face 201 felonies after sheriff’s officials say they broke into …


Drug ring defendant could avoid prison with trouble-free 18 months

A 24-year-old college student caught in the wide net of a federal investigation into gang and drug activity stretching from Spokane to Las Vegas and California will avoid prison time …


Woman, 70, allegedly assaulted, held captive

A 31-year-old Loon Lake man is behind bars accused of assaulting with a machete a 70-year-old woman and holding her against her will after she refused to give him prescription …


Spokane restaurateur takes plea deal in massive drug case

Sally B. Guthrie, owner of several Spokane restaurants and named in a federal indictment filed last year exposing an alleged OxyContin ring between California and Washington state, will plead guilty …


Feds paying to house drug ring suspects in county jail

Housing dozens of inmates arrested in connection with what police are calling a massive oxycodone distribution ring brings some logistical headaches, but also a financial benefit to the Spokane County …