Thursday, September 29, 2011

Purdue Pharma Lawsuit Returned To Pike County

{Kentucky}...U.S. District Judge Sidney H. Stein, a federal court judge in New York, ruled this week that a lawsuit filed in 2007 against Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, should be heard in Pike County Circuit Court in Pikeville. The ruling granted Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway's motion to remand the suit back to where it was originally filed. Not long after the suit was filed, Purdue Pharma had pushed successfully to move the case to the Southern District of New York, where it has been stayed for nearly four years. Conway alleges that Purdue Pharma misled health care providers, consumers and government officials regarding the risk of addiction associated with OxyContin. Conway is seeking reimbursement of money spent on law enforcement, drug treatment programs and Medicaid prescriptions.  Conway says, "OxyContin is one of the most powerful and addictive substances on the planet."