Billionaire Sackler family sued by second US state over opioid ‘catastrophe’

Billionaire Sackler family sued by second US state over opioid 'catastrophe'

Beverly and Raymond Sackler in 2004. Raymond Sackler, who died in 2017, bought Purdue Pharma in 1952 with his brother Mortimer. Getty Images

The billionaire owners of Purdue Pharma have been sued by New York state for allegedly triggering a US addiction epidemic with their marketing of the Oxycontin painkiller, just two days after the company agreed to pay $US270 million ($NZ398m) to settle similar claims by Oklahoma. The amended complaint adds the embattled Sackler family to the state’s lawsuit against Purdue and its […]

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