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The news comes as Cigna announces it will no longer cover OxyContin as a preferred option on its commercial drug lists.
“We look forward to the opportunity to vigorously present our defense," the OxyContin maker said.
Connecticut's Chief Medical Examiner is projecting that more than 1,000 people will die of opioid-related overdoses in the state this year.
Meanwhile, New Mexico has joined a growing number of states suing Purdue and other drugmakers for their marketing practices involving opioids.
A number of Fairfield County municipalities could soon file their own, similar lawsuits.
The lawsuit claims Purdue Pharma exaggerated the benefits of its opioids in comparison to other pain management solutions.
"Connecticut has to get a lot more serious" about approaching the opioid abuse epidemic, Rudy Marconi said.
Dr. Sackler was also a generous philanthropist who served as a benefactor for educational and cultural institutions in the U.S., Europe and Israel.
Purdue Pharma's funding will provide naloxone kits for opioid overdose as well as training for police officers.
Landau takes over the same day as a third state files a lawsuit against the company for its marketing practices of OxyContin and other opioids.
Although which companies will be under investigation was not disclosed, it seems likely that Stamford’s Purdue Pharma, already the subject of several lawsuits, will be included.
The lawsuits join an ever-growing list of plaintiffs, including New York’s Dutchess, Broome, Erie, Orange and Suffolk counties.
The Stamford-based pharmaceutical company faces similar lawsuits filed by a growing number of municipalities.
Meanwhile, Connecticut's House of Representatives has unanimously approved a bill designed to further the state’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis.
Among other reasons, Purdue Pharma maintains that the city of Everett has failed to demonstrate a direct link between the company’s conduct and the illegal actions it maintains have taken place.