Sackler Family And Purdue Pharma Reach An Agreement On The Opioid

Nikki Attkisson | Last Updated : March 7, 2022

If you are talking about Purdue Pharma’s agreement that has reached the opioid crisis, here are some accurate details published. According to the report of a court filing on Thursday, the Sacklers are willing to pay up to $6 billion to help communities affected by the opioid crisis in exchange for an end to all existing and future legal claims against them relating to the company’s prescription medication business.

Sackler Family And Purdue Pharma Reach An Agreement On The Opioid

Purdue Pharma LP, controlled by the wealthy Sackler family, has reached a bigger opioid bargain with the states that sought to overturn its earlier pact.

Sackler Family And Purdue Pharma Reach An Agreement On The Opioid

According to a report revealed Thursday by a court-appointed mediator, the family and the dissident nations have negotiated an accord worth up to $6 billion. On the basis of the agreement terms, those states will drop their ongoing challenge to the previous version of Purdue’s plan.

Purdue’s path to resolving massive sums of money in lawsuits by state and local governments over the organization’s role in the opioid crisis is helped by the agreement. It will also offer Sackler family members broad protection in future opioid cases.

Nevertheless, this liability protection does not extend to criminal accusations arising from Purdue’s marketing of the prescription opioid medication OxyContin.

The accord must be approved by Judge Robert Drain, who presided over the company’s bankruptcy proceedings, and the United States. The other Circuit Court of Appeals would have to accept it, reversing a December ruling that rejected a $4.55 billion settlement agreement. According to the Times, a federal judge ruled against the Sacklers’ liability shields, calling them unconstitutional.

Furthermore, the United States Trustee program challenges the Sacklers’ immunity from civil suits, which serves as a watchdog over the bankruptcy system.

In the New York Times report, Connecticut Attorney General William Tong stated, “This settlement is essential and insufficient—impeded by deficiencies in our federal bankruptcy statute.”

However, Connecticut cannot continue to postpone this process indefinitely while victims and neighboring states await a resolution. Tong elaborated, “This agreement addresses our claims against Purdue and the Sacklers, but we will continue to fight for justice against the addiction business and our defective bankruptcy laws.”

Purdue pled guilty to criminal charges of false marketing and reducing the risk of addiction with OxyContin. Still, no individual Sackler has ever apologized or accepted blame.

According to the Times, “While the families acted lawfully in all respects,” the Times said, “they sincerely regret that OxyContin and prescription medicine continue to help people suffering from chronic pain.”

Unexpectedly became part of an opioid crisis that has brought grief and loss to too many families and communities. “

Negotiations for the potential settlement were mediated by Judge Shelley Chapman of the United States Bankruptcy Court, who is advocating for a hearing in which those addicted to OxyContin may outline the harm they have suffered. Each branch of the Sackler family would be obligated to send at least one representative.

The opposition states were not the only ones who objected to Purdue’s prior settlement: a section of the Justice Department in charge of bankruptcies also objected, and that agency is not involved in the latest accord. Its appeal is still pending in federal court.

Chapman went on to say that if any medical clinics, art galleries, or educational institutions that use the Sackler name want it removed, the Sacklers must cooperate.

These bankruptcies must be terminated. Furthermore, as authorized by the bankruptcy agreement, the Justice Department should flex its muscles and launch a criminal inquiry against the Sacklers. “According to Ryan Hampton, who managed the victims’ settlement proceedings’?

Nikki Attkisson

With over 15 years as a practicing journalist, Nikki Attkisson found herself at Powdersville Post now after working at several other publications. She is an award-winning journalist with an entrepreneurial spirit and worked as a journalist covering technology, innovation, environmental issues, politics, health etc. Nikki Attkisson has also worked on product development, content strategy, and editorial management for numerous media companies. She began her career at local news stations and worked as a reporter in national newspapers.

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