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The Latest: Drugmaker denies claims in Vermont lawsuit

September 5, 2018

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Latest on Vermont suing drugmaker Purdue over its prescription opioid marketing practices (all times local):

7:06 p.m.

The drugmaker Purdue is denying allegations in a lawsuit by Vermont’s attorney general that its opioid marketing practices helped lead to a state and national drug crisis.

In a prepared statement the Connecticut-based company says it shares Vermont’s concerns about the opioid crisis, but it denies that Purdue acted improperly.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan filed the complaint against OxyContin-maker Purdue in Vermont Superior Court in Burlington on Wednesday. A number of other states have also filed separate lawsuits.

Donovan says “Vermont has suffered too long. Too many lives have been ruined.” With the complaint, he say, “we finally tell our story.”

The lawsuit does not seek a specific monetary amount but asks for civil penalties, fees and costs and damages as well as for Purdue to change its practices.

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6 p.m.

The drugmaker Purdue is denying allegations in a lawsuit by Vermont’s attorney general that its opioid marketing practices led to a state and national drug crisis.

In a prepared statement the Connecticut-based company says it shares Vermont’s concerns about the opioid crisis, but it denies that Purdue acted improperly.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan filed the complaint against OxyContin-maker Purdue in Vermont Superior Court in Burlington on Wednesday. A number of other states have also filed separate lawsuits.

Donovan says “Vermont has suffered too long. Too many lives have been ruined.” With the complaint, he say, “we finally tell our story.”

The lawsuit does not seek a specific monetary amount but asks for civil penalties, fees and costs and damages as well as for Purdue to change its practices.

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3:05 p.m.

Vermont is suing a major drug company over its prescription opioid marketing practices that the attorney general says led to the drug crisis in Vermont and around the country.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan filed the complaint against OxyContin-maker Purdue in Vermont Superior Court in Burlington on Wednesday. A number of other states have also filed separate lawsuits.

Donovan says “Vermont has suffered too long. Too many lives have been ruined.” With the complaint, he say, “we finally tell our story.”

Connecticut-based Purdue did not immediately return an email seeking comment.

The lawsuit does not seek a specific monetary amount but asks for civil penalties, fees and costs and damages as well as for Purdue to change its practices.

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