OxyContin maker will stop promoting opioids to doctors
NEW YORK (AP) — The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin said it will stop marketing opioid drugs to doctors, a surprise reversal following lawsuits that blamed the company for helping trigger the current drug abuse epidemic.
OxyContin has long been the world's top-selling opioid painkiller. It generated billions in sales for privately-held Purdue.
The pill, a time-release version of oxycodone, was hailed as a breakthrough treatment for chronic pain when it was approved in late 1995. But some users quickly discovered they could get a heroin-like high by crushing the pills and snorting... read more
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