Purdue Pharma pleads guilty to criminal charges over opioid sales
Purdue Pharma pleads guilty to criminal charges over opioid sales

Washington (AFP) – US drugmaker Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty to three criminal charges over its intense drive to push sales of the prescription opioid OxyContin, which stoked a nationwide addiction crisis, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.Purdue also agreed to $8.3 billion in fines, damages and forfeitures to settle the criminal case against it, the department said.In a separate agreement, the billionaire Sackler family, which built Purdue to a pharmaceutical giant on the back of lucrative sales of OxyContin, agreed to pay $225 million to resolve civil liability charges filed by the …

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