Stamford Drug Maker To Pay $19.5 Million Over OxyContin Promotion

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut-based drug maker Purdue
Pharma has agreed to a cash settlement involving promotion of its
powerful painkiller, OxyContin.
The company has agreed to pay 19-and-a-half (m) million dollars
to 26 states -- including Kentucky -- and the District of Columbia.
The states had complained that Purdue had been encouraging
doctors to prescribe the drugs for use every eight hours, instead
of the every 12-hour dose approved by the Food and Drug
Among other things, the settlement requires Purdue to stop
marketing the drug for use in ways other than approved by the

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