WKU Public Radio News Staff
Wed September 18, 2013
Judge Asked to Move Oxycontin Case Away from Eastern Kentucky Town
A judge is considering whether a civil trial involving the maker of OxyContin should be moved away from Pikeville.
The lawsuit filed by Kentucky Attorney General against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma alleges that the company 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.
The Appalachian News Express reports Circuit Judge Steve Combs heard arguments during a hearing in Pikeville last week over whether the trial should be moved.
Attorneys for Purdue Pharma said it would be impossible to seat an impartial jury there and asked that the proceedings be moved to central Kentucky.
The attorney general's office said the trial should remain in Pikeville.