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Fake doctors, misleading claims drive OxyContin China sales

Nov. 20, 2019 1:09 AM EST

SHANGHAI (AP) — Thousands of lawsuits across the United States have accused a drug company owned by the billionaire Sackler family of using false claims to push highly addictive opioids on an unsuspecting nation, fueling the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history. Yet, even as its U.S. drugmaker collapses...

AP key findings about Mundipharma’s OxyContin sales in China

Nov. 20, 2019 1:02 AM EST

SHANGHAI (AP) — The Sackler family’s opioid empire in the United States is collapsing under an avalanche of litigation over marketing tactics. Their Purdue Pharma company is in bankruptcy, but the family continues to profit from sales of their signature painkiller OxyContin abroad. Sales reps at...

Fake doctors, misleading claims drive OxyContin China sales

Nov. 20, 2019 12:51 AM EST

SHANGHAI (AP) — OxyContin is a dying business in the United States. Purdue Pharma, owned by the billionaire Sackler family, is collapsing under an avalanche of lawsuits that accuse the company of using false claims to push its blockbuster painkiller in the U.S., profiting as an unsuspecting nation slipped...

Mundipharma is promoting OxyContin in China with claims its U.S. affiliate, Purdue Pharma, admitted in court were false

Nov. 20, 2019 12:02 AM EST
SHANGHAI (AP) — Mundipharma is promoting OxyContin in China with claims its U.S. affiliate, Purdue Pharma, admitted in court were false.

Opioid trial against pharmacy chains scheduled for next year

Nov. 19, 2019 5:06 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge overseeing 2,500 federal lawsuits related to the nation’s opioid crisis has scheduled a trial for late next year over the role played by major pharmacy chains. U.S. District Court Judge Dan Polster in Cleveland ruled Tuesday that he would hear a case next October brought by...

Prosecutors: 13 charged in fentanyl trafficking conspiracy

Nov. 19, 2019 4:14 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say 13 people face charges stemming from a six-month investigation into the trafficking of fentanyl and other drugs in Providence. Rhode Island U.S. Attorney Aaron Weisman says federal search warrants were executed Tuesday by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, and...

Audit: WV not checking criminal history of child care staff

Nov. 19, 2019 2:46 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A statehouse watchdog says West Virginia isn’t doing criminal background checks on its child protective services workers. A legislative audit released Tuesday on the state Department of Health and Human Resources identified multiple problems with the agency as it grapples...

50 arrested, guns seized in central California gang takedown

Nov. 19, 2019 1:47 PM EST

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say 50 people were arrested and dozens of guns seized in a law enforcement operation targeting the Norteno street gang in central California. State Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Tuesday that the gang members are suspected of a variety of crimes in Stockton....

Pharmacists’ hearings set over drugs for patients who died

Nov. 19, 2019 5:25 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Administrative hearings are planned for an Ohio hospital system and three pharmacists facing possible discipline over excessive painkillers ordered by a doctor now charged with murder in 25 patient deaths. Only the doctor, William Husel (HYOO’-suhl), is being criminally...

20 people charged with drug distribution in Springfield area

Nov. 18, 2019 4:57 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Federal authorities have charged 20 people with conspiring to distribute heroin and fentanyl in the Springfield region. Five criminal complaints were unsealed Friday after the suspects were arrested in a law enforcement sweep that began Thursday. Local, county, state and federal...