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Oregon man imprisoned for importing fentanyl from China

Sep. 19, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for importing fentanyl from China. The Oregonian/Oregon Live reported 28-year-old John William Schantz was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Portland. Schantz pleaded guilty to one count of importing a...

Purdue Pharma asks judge to stop lawsuits against Sacklers

Sep. 18, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma on Wednesday asked a bankruptcy court judge to halt all lawsuits against the company and its former directors, including members of the Sackler family, which owns the company. The request is a standard ask for a company that's filed for bankruptcy , as Purdue did this week in an...

Will combo pill catch on in US to prevent heart attacks?

Sep. 18, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

A cheap, daily pill that combines four drugs has been tested for the first time in the United States to see if it works as well among low-income Americans as it has in other countries to treat conditions leading to heart attacks and strokes. Experts said the study may draw U.S. interest to a strategy that has...

Sackler money complicates donation policies for museums

Sep. 18, 2019 1:14 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ask the CEO and president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art whether he's accepting money from the Sacklers, the billionaire dynasty notorious for its ties to the drug company Purdue Pharma, and the answer is somewhat complicated. For one thing, it depends on which Sackler. "There are people...

Knockoff pot vapes raise concerns for licensed companies

Sep. 17, 2019 9:12 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A short walk from police headquarters in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, a cluster of bustling shops are openly selling packaging and hardware that can be used to produce counterfeit marijuana vapes that have infected California's cannabis market. Bootleggers eager to profit off...

New Hampshire joins states suing family over Purdue Pharma

Sep. 17, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has filed a lawsuit against the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma as part of an effort to address the opioid epidemic. Including New Hampshire, at least six states have sued members of the Sackler family in September. New Hampshire, which was among the states...

Purdue Pharma to stay in business as bankruptcy unfolds

Sep. 17, 2019 7:41 PM EDT

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A judge cleared the way Tuesday for OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to stay in business while it pursues bankruptcy protection and settlement of more than 2,600 lawsuits filed against it in a reckoning over the opioid crisis. At the first court hearing since the Chapter 11 filing...

'Blood money'? Purdue settlement would rely on opioid sales

Sep. 17, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

The tentative multibillion-dollar settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma would raise money to help clean up the opioid mess by ... selling more OxyContin. That would amount to blood money, in the opinion of some critics. And it's one reason two dozen states have rejected the deal. "The settlement agreement...

Purdue Pharma begins Chapter 11 bankruptcy journey

Sep. 17, 2019 7:29 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Purdue Pharma gets its day in court Tuesday after the OxyContin maker filed for bankruptcy and negotiated a potential multi-billion dollar settlement to resolve thousands of lawsuits. An initial hearing will be held in federal court in White Plains, New York, for the Chapter 11 bankruptcy...

Can Purdue Pharma's opioid settlement win judge's approval?

Sep. 16, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has embarked on a multibillion-dollar plan to settle thousands of lawsuits over the nation's deadly opioid crisis by transforming itself in bankruptcy court into a sort of hybrid between a business and a charity. Whether the company can pull it off remains to be...