The pharmaceutical giant whose prescription painkiller OxyContin is blamed for much of the US opioid addiction epidemic, is facing thousands of state and federal lawsuits. Photo: AP

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy in face of 2,600 US lawsuits

  • The Chapter 11 filing is designed to short-circuit more than 2,600 lawsuits against Purdue and its owners, the billionaire Sackler family
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The pharmaceutical giant whose prescription painkiller OxyContin is blamed for much of the US opioid addiction epidemic, is facing thousands of state and federal lawsuits. Photo: AP
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