All the latest packaging trends for life sciences, all at PACK EXPO East
Explore new packaging solutions for life sciences, all in one convenient location at PACK EXPO East, March 18 – 20 in Philadelphia.

Family Behind OxyContin Maker Targeted in Opioid Lawsuit

The state of Massachusetts is suing the Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma, for spawning America’s opioid crisis.

OxyContin / Image: George Frey/Reuters
OxyContin / Image: George Frey/Reuters

A recent article from The Guardian discussed a new lawsuit that places the blame of the opioid crisis plaguing America on one family. That family is the Sacklers, the multibillionaire owners of Purdue Pharma, makers of the prescription painkiller OxyContin. The lawsuit claims the company created a “web of illegal deceit” to encourage drug abuse and boost profits.

Purdue is the target of several lawsuits from multiple state and local governments, but Massachusetts is the first state to single out the company’s executives, naming 16 current and former executives and board members. The list includes eight members from three generations of the Sackler family. The company released a statement denying all of the allegations, stating it will present “substantial defenses” to the lawsuit’s claims.

Discover Our Content Hub
Access Healthcare Packaging's free educational content library!
Read More
Discover Our Content Hub
Test Your Supply Chain Smarts
Take Healthcare Packaging's supply chain quiz to prove your knowledge!
Read More
Test Your Supply Chain Smarts