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Oxycontin Side Effects Lawsuits | Side Effects: Dependence, Addiction, Overdoses, Deaths

Oxycontin Side Effects May Lead To Addiction Lawsuits

Oxycontin | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Side Effects: Dependence, Addiction, Overdoses, Deaths

Oxycontin (Generic: Oxycodone hci) has been linked to physical dependence and addiction. Oxycontin contains a narcotic similar to morphine and has been prescribed to treat pain in cases of arthritis, back pain, and cancer. Oxycontin was first introduced in December 1995. It belongs to the drug class known as opioid agonists and is categorized as a Schedule II controlled substance.

The active ingredient in Oxycontin is oxycodone, a substance found in many different pain medications. However, most other pain medications contain small amounts of oxycodone. Oxycontin is a time-release formula that contains a significantly greater amount of oxycodone. Oxycontin is both one of the best selling prescription medications and one of the most abused drugs in history.

Oxycontin is indicated for the management of moderate to severe pain. A disturbing amount of reports have surfaced detailing widespread addiction to the drug from patients who were prescribed the drug as well as people obtaining the drug through illegal channels. Oxycontin has been linked to over a hundred deaths. Its high and addiction have been compared to those of heroin. The devastation associated with Oxycontin includes armed robberies, criminal indictments of doctors, individual and state lawsuits against Purdue Pharma, and concern from the DEA and FDA. The DEA has asked Purdue Pharma to change its strategy regarding Oxycontin. These suggestions included: marketing Oxycontin only to pain specialists, omit the claim that Oxycontin is less subject to abuse than other narcotics, and reformulation of the drug.

On July 25, 2001, at the urging of the FDA, Purdue Pharma added new warnings to Oxycontin. Oxycontin will bear the FDA's strongest type of warning, a black box, stating that Oxycontin is potentially as addictive as morphine. Purdue Pharma sent out letters to doctors asking them to only prescribe Oxycontin for severe pain. However, Purdue Pharma still asserts that there is no problem with Oxycontin. On August 9, 2001, Purdue Pharma announced that it is working on patent application for a new formula of Oxycontin, hoping to make it less susceptible to abuse and addiction. In the meantime, the amount of crime and number of deaths attributed to Oxycontin continue to rise.

Legal Help For Victims Affected By Oxycontin

If you or a loved one took Oxycontin and suffered side effects, please fill out the form at the right for a free case evaluation by a qualified drug side effects attorney or call us anytime at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).


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Kentucky Lawsuit over OxyContin could be Detrimental to Manufacturer

Oct 24, 2014
The state of Kentucky has filed a lawsuit over the best-selling painkiller OxyContin that could be devastating for manufacturer Purdue. According to Bloomberg News, the state alleges that Purdue engaged in actions that fueled widespread addiction. Kentucky alleges that OxyContin addiction has resulted in crime sprees, with users ending up in jail, public treatment facilities or dead from overdose. OxyContin is a powerful opioid, a type of narcotic pain medication. The time-release pills are...

Epidemic of Oxycontin Addiction Leads to Kentucky Lawsuit

Oct 5, 2007 | Parker Waichman LLP, LLP
Oxycontin, also known as “hillbilly heroin” is an extremely addictive drug that has been blamed for thousands of drug overdose deaths since it was introduced in 1996.  Now, the state of Kentucky has had enough, and is suing Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of Oxycontin, for misleading doctors, patients and pharmacists about the defective drug’s addictive potential.  In announcing the lawsuit the Kentucky Attorney General’s office says it seeks to recoup some of...

OxyContin maker, execs plead guilty

May 10, 2007 | AP
The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin and three of its current and former executives pleaded guilty Thursday to misleading the public about the drug's risk of addiction, a federal prosecutor and the company said.   Purdue Pharma L.P., its president, top lawyer and former chief medical officer will pay $634.5 million in fines for claiming the drug was less addictive and less subject to abuse than other pain medications, U.S. Attorney John Brownlee said in a news release. The plea...

Makers of OxyContin Slapped with $600 Million Penalty

May 10, 2007 |
Today, the dangers of addiction and abuse associated with the powerful narcotic OxyContin are well-established and well-known. However, when the drug was introduced to the market 11 years ago by Purdue Pharma and its parent, Purdue Frederick Co., it was billed by the company as a safer alternative to other painkillers such as Percocet and Vicodin less likely to lead to addiction, abuse, or difficult withdrawal symptoms.With those dubious claims now fully debunked, Purdue Frederick today pleaded...

Drug Maker to Pay $19.5M in Settlement

May 8, 2007 | AP
Drug maker Purdue Pharma L.P. has agreed to pay $19.5 million to 26 states and the District of Columbia to settle complaints that it encouraged physicians to overprescribe its powerful painkiller OxyContin. State attorneys general complained that the Stamford-based company urged doctors to prescribe OxyContin every eight hours instead of the 12-hour dose approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. "We're raising the bar on off-label marketing and other promotion tactics that lead to...

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