WKU Public Radio News Staff
Thu January 10, 2013
Kentucky Courts Will Hear Case Against Oxycontin Maker
The Kentucky Attorney General's Office has won a round in a lawsuit against a major drug manufacturer. The state is suing Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin, alleging the company lied about the addictive nature of the drug. Purdue Pharma wanted the lawsuit against them heard in federal court in New York, but an appeals court has returned the case to Kentucky.
"I am relishing getting that company in front of a jury in Pike County to talk about what they have done in the way they have marketed this particular type of painkiller," says Attorney General Jack Conway.
Conway says Purdue Pharma helped fuel an epidemic of prescription drug abuse across Kentucky. He expects the trial to result in a big recovery for the state that can go toward treatment for addiction.