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Purdue Pharma Pleads Guilty in Opioid Case : November 24, 2020

Purdue Pharma Pleads Guilty in Opioid Case : November 24, 2020

Purdue Pharma Pleads Guilty in Opioid Case
Heather Kerrigan

In November 2020, Purdue Pharma, manufacturer of the opioid OxyContin, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government and to a violation of a federal kickback statute. The settlement terms marked the largest penalty to date levied by the federal government against a pharmaceutical manufacturer. It did not absolve the company of all existing cases against it and investigations into its practices and left open the possibility that the government could pursue criminal charges against Purdue executives or members of its controlling Sackler family.

Purdue Pharma Pleads Guilty

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