DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller is joining more than 40 other states in suing the manufacturer of Oxycontin.
Miller said in a news conference Thursday that he is filing a lawsuit in Polk County District Court against Purdue Pharma. Miller said the company engaged in unlawful and deceptive marketing practices while promoting their drug oxycontin.
The suit alleges that Pardue employed sales representatives to market directly to doctors and patients, underplayed the risk of addiction, and published incorrect views on their drug into medical publications and medical schools.
The suit also names the company’s CEO Richard Sackler, who they say pushed employees to participate in deceptive marketing.
The attorneys general want to end those marketing practices and gain restitution for those who used the drug.
“That change in America, in American sort of medicine and practices was devastating for so many Americans. From 1999 to 2017, 218,000 Americans lost their lives in regard to opioid-related prescription drugs. A little more than 2,000 over a comparable period lost their lives in Iowa,” said Miller.
This comes less than a week after the Iowa Attorney General joined 43 other states in suing a number of pharmaceutical companies for what they say were unfair business practices like price fixing, rigging bids, and artificially inflating costs.
On its website, Purdue Pharma said it “strongly denies the allegations made against the company in the pending litigation but is committed to working with all relevant parties towards a constructive resolution.”
DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller is joining 43 other attorney generals in a lawsuit against some of the nation’s largest drug manufactures.
The lawsuit claims drug manufacturers artificially inflated drug prices for hundreds of pharmaceuticals.
The suit alleges that Teva, Sandoz, Mylan, Pfizer and 16 other manufacturers fixed prices, rigged bids and increased cost by more than 1,000 percent. It names 15 individuals executives responsible for sales, marketing and pricing.
The drugs in question include nearly all types of medication, including treatments of diabetes, cancer and HIV/aids.
“The collusion alleged in this lawsuit has likely caused significant harm to Iowa consumers, businesses, and taxpayers,” Miller said. “The evidence includes emails, text messages, telephone records and the testimony of former industry insiders, and it adds up to a multi-billion-dollar fraud on people with acute and chronic health conditions.”
The lawsuit is filed in the U.S. District Court in Connecticut.
Attorney General Miller Defends his Job Performance as Republican Lawmakers Try to Limit Power of His Office
DES MOINES, Iowa — Tom Miller is the longest-serving Attorney General in America. If Republican lawmakers have their way he’ll also be the AG with the fewest powers in office.
On Tuesday, Iowa House Republicans approved an amendment to a budget bill that would take away the power of Attorney General Miller to join lawsuits outside the State of Iowa. Miller has joined six lawsuits against Trump Administration policies in the last two years. He also joined a lawsuit against the Obama Administration’s ‘Waters of the US Act’.
Miller says Iowa Republicans are unhappy that he is opposing a Republican president. However he says it is typical for AGs in all 50 states to oppose a president of the opposing party.
Miller joined Dan Winters on the Channel 13 News at 4pm to lay out his case why his job duties should remain unchanged.