The state of Kansas today filed a lawsuit against drug company Purdue Pharma alleging unlawful marketing practices surrounding its opioid products. The lawsuit, filed today in Shawnee County District Court, seeks civil penalties and injunctive relief under the Kansas Consumer Protection Act. It alleges that Purdue repeatedly made false and deceptive claims that its opioid products were safe and suitable for a wide range of pain patients and that Purdue failed to support its claims with adequate medical research.
Some of the false claims included as part of the lawsuit include:
- Its opioid products posed a low risk of addiction.
- Symptoms of addiction were in fact only “pseudoaddiction” indicating the need for more opioids.
- Long-term opioid use improved patients’ quality of life and function.
- Opioids were suitable for vulnerable groups such as elderly patients and veterans.
Kansas is not the only state to file a lawsuit against Purdue. Four other states filed their own lawsuits today, the result of a months-long investigation into opioid manufacturers and distributors.