Oxycontin Abuse and Addiction Claims
Oxycontin (Oxycodone), while providing many benefits is also highly addictive and many pain patients become dependent on the drug for more than pain relief. People from all walks of life have found themselves with an addiction problem so severe that it has disrupted and changed their lives.
Purdue Pharma LLP is facing lawsuits from patients who have become addicted to Oxycodone, and others blaming the company for abusers' overdoses and deaths because the company made misrepresentations and failed to warn individuals regarding the appropriate uses, risks and safety of the drug.
Lawyers allege that the company marketed the drug excessively without stressing its addictive nature. Doctors and pharmacists say the manufacturer promoted the benefits of the drug without providing enough warning about the serious side effects of addiction. It has also been alleged Purdue Pharma L.P. made misrepresentations and failed to sufficiently warn individuals regarding appropriate use and risks of Oxycontin.
OxyContin Linked to More Than 400 Deaths
In April 2002, the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) reported that Oxycontin has been implicated as the direct cause or main contributing factor in 146 deaths and a likely contributor in an additional 318 deaths.
The DEA based its findings on an a survey of state medical examiners using autopsy data. The DEA said it received a total of 949 reports, in which half involved Oxycontin based upon an analysis victim's bodies.
The DEA noted that in 88 of the cases the victim had moderate to high levels of alcohol in their blood, which triggers a life-threatening drug interaction. Interestingly, only nine of the reported deaths involved injecting the drug and only one death related to snorting, which are deemed more dangerous forms of OxyContin abuse. This indicates even non-abusers may be adversely affected.
If you or a family member have suffered addiction and sought medical attention after using Oxycontin (oxycodone), you or the family member may be eligible to file a claim against the drug manufacturer. Contact an attorney below to discuss your legal rights at no cost or obligation.
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