Purdue Pharma has agreed to settle a historic lawsuit brought by the Oklahoma attorney general who accused the OxyContin maker of aggressively marketing the opioid painkiller and contributing to a drug epidemic that left thousands dead in the state.
The settlement comes after Purdue fought the attorney general in court, seeking to delay the start of the trial. It is not known if other drugmakers named in the suit would follow Purdue’s lead. A spokesman for Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter declined to comment. The suit was brought by Hunter against some of the leading makers of opioid pain medications, saying that deceptive marketing over the past 10 years fueled the epidemic in the state.