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Beverly Sackler, an owner of Purdue Pharma, dies

Oct. 14, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

One of the owners of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has died. Beverly Sackler died Monday, according to a filing made by her lawyers in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. She was the widow of Raymond Sackler, one of the brothers who bought the drug company Purdue Frederick in 1952. The company later became Purdue Pharma....

Correction: Opioid Crisis-Purdue story

Oct. 14, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — In a story Oct. 11 about Purdue Pharma's bankruptcy case, The Associated Press reported erroneously the first name of the judge handling the case. It is Robert Drain, not Roberts Drain. A corrected version of the story is below: Judge will halt lawsuits against Purdue Pharma, its...

ESPN reports Angels PR employee supplied Skaggs with opioids

Oct. 12, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels say they don't know whether a longtime public relations official had been providing drugs to late pitcher Tyler Skaggs, as detailed in a report Saturday on ESPN's "Outside the Lines." Eric Kay, a 24-year employee of the Angels' PR department, told the Drug...

The Latest: Lawsuits paused against Purdue Pharma, Sacklers

Oct. 11, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

The Latest on the Purdue Pharma's bankruptcy case (all times local): 5:50 p.m. A judge has agreed to pause lawsuits against Purdue Pharma and the OxyContin maker's owners until next month with the intention of stopping suits longer so a settlement can be worked out to nearly 2,600 suits against the company. U.S....

States' position on the tentative opioid deal with Purdue

Oct. 11, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

State attorneys general have been divided nearly evenly over whether to accept a tentative deal to settle lawsuits against Purdue Pharma related to the nation's opioid crisis. States that oppose the tentative settlement, which could be worth as much as $12 billion over time, wanted to continue their lawsuits...

Suspect in rapper Mac Miller's drug death pleads not guilty

Oct. 10, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man charged with selling rapper Mac Miller the drugs that killed him last year pleaded not guilty Thursday in federal court in Los Angeles. Cameron Pettit stood alongside his attorney and spoke only to answer a judge's questions as he entered the plea. Prosecutor allege that Pettit,...

The Latest: Man charged in Mac Miller case pleads not guilty

Oct. 10, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the arraignment of a man suspected of providing Mac Miller the drugs that killed the rapper in September 2018 (all times local): 11:40 a.m. A man charged with selling rapper Mac Miller the drugs that killed him last year has pleaded not guilty. Cameron Pettit entered the...

Court denies attempts to stop opioid trial before it begins

Oct. 10, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday denied two efforts that could have kept the first federal trial on the opioids crisis from starting as scheduled this month in Cleveland. The rulings clear the way for the trial to start Oct. 21 involving just two of the more than 2,000 local governments...

US urges shared decisions with pain patients taking opioids

Oct. 10, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

U.S. health officials again warned doctors Thursday against abandoning chronic pain patients by abruptly stopping their opioid prescriptions. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services instead urged doctors to share such decisions with patients. The agency published steps for doctors in a six-page guide and...

Alaska doctor, nurse charged with vast opioid distribution

Oct. 9, 2019 11:48 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska doctor and nurse practitioner face federal charges of illegally distributing millions of opioid doses to patients that resulted in addiction, overdoses and deaths, officials said. The Alaska U.S. attorney announced Wednesday that 48-year-old Jessica Joyce Spayd and...