Top Leaderboard, Site wide
Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines
July 22, 2017 Disclaimer: Please read.

Statements and opinions expressed in articles are those of the authors, not Truthdig. Truthdig takes no responsibility for such statements or opinions.

The Unwomanly Face of War
The Life of Caliph Washington

Truthdig Bazaar
A Train in Winter

A Train in Winter

Caroline Moorehead

more items

Ear to the Ground
Email this item Print this item

OxyContin Maker Fined for Pushing Misinformation

Posted on May 11, 2007

OxyContin, also known as “hillbilly heroin,” is an effective drug for pain sufferers but also a highly coveted addictive opiate. Just ask Rush Limbaugh. Now the company that makes “Oxy” will have to pay $634.5 million in Justice Department fines for claiming that the painkiller, which has been linked to hundreds of overdose deaths, is less addictive and subject to abuse than the competition.

Los Angeles Times:

The maker of the painkiller OxyContin and three of the company’s top current and former executives will pay $634.5 million in fines after pleading guilty Thursday to charges that they misled the public about the drug.

A Justice Department spokeswoman said it was one of the largest financial penalties ever assessed against a drug maker.

Stamford, Conn.-based Purdue Pharma was accused of making claims that OxyContin was less addictive and less subject to abuse than other pain medications and continued to do so despite warnings to the contrary from doctors, the media and members of its own sales force.

Read more

Banner, End of Story, Desktop
Banner, End of Story, Mobile
Watch a selection of Wibbitz videos based on Truthdig stories:

Get a book from one of our contributors in the Truthdig Bazaar.

Related Entries

Get truth delivered to
your inbox every day.

New and Improved Comments

If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page. Still having problems? Let us know. If you find yourself moderated, take a moment to review our comment policy.

Join the conversation

Load Comments

By P. T., May 12, 2007 at 7:40 pm Link to this comment

Why shouldn’t the drug company executives responsible for knowingly causing deaths get the death penalty!  Why should the death penalty only be for little guys!

Report this

By Hammo, May 12, 2007 at 10:32 am Link to this comment

It seems that human beings have a long, long history of altering their minds with various substances. People all over the world and throughout history have done this with alchohol, coffee, tobacco, opium, various plants and mushrooms, etc.

Some substances that can be used as medicines, like OxyContin, obviously can also be abused.

Educating people about the severe, severe dangers of highly addictive narcotic-oriented drugs like OxyContin and the tremendously dangerous and damaging methamphetamine drugs is essential.

We should also take an objective look at the big picture of which substances pose the most danger, and which might have some kinds of benefits with tolderable risks. Thoughts related to this in:

“George Washington’s whiskey distillery rebuilt; first president also grew hemp at Mount Vernon” (

Report this

By QuyTran, May 11, 2007 at 6:40 pm Link to this comment

$634.5 Million fines will not be important to pharmaceutical organizations. They’ll make a huge ones next time but how about their victims after using their drugs ?

Report this
Right Top, Site wide - Care2
Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
Right Internal Skyscraper, Site wide

Like Truthdig on Facebook