State AGs Allowed Purdue Pharma to Police Itself, Records Show

Amidst an ongoing lawsuit in which Attorney General Herbert Slatery’s office is suing opioid maker Purdue Pharmaceuticals for its role in the opioid epidemic, newly revealed records show that the drug maker cut a deal with the attorneys general for 27 states, in which it would police itself using guidelines set by a group funded by the pharmaceutical industry. Knoxnews reports that it would be years after the deal before the Tennessee attorney general’s office would look into the matter, leading to the accusation that Purdue deliberately deceived the AGs and the U.S. Justice Department.
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