Drugmaker files for bankruptcy

National News

September 17, 2019 - 10:44 AM

Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, filed for bankruptcy protection. WIKIPEDIA.ORG

NEW YORK (AP) — Purdue Pharma gets its day in court today after the OxyContin maker filed for bankruptcy and negotiated a potential multi-billion dollar settlement to resolve thousands of lawsuits.

An initial hearing will be held in federal court in White Plains, New York, for the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case. Purdue filed for bankruptcy protection late Sunday, the first step in a plan it says would provide $10 billion to $12 billion to help reimburse state and local governments and clean up the damage done by powerful prescription painkillers and illegal opioids, including heroin.

These drugs have been blamed for more than 400,000 deaths in the U.S. in the past two decades.

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