ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - The maker of the painkiller OxyContin has pleaded guilty to misleading the public about the drug's risk of addiction. Three current and former executives of Purdue Pharma also pleaded guilty in a Virginia federal court.
U-S Attorney John Brownlee in Roanoke, Virginia, says in a press release that Purdue Pharma and its president, top lawyer, and former chief medical officer will pay more than 634 million dollars in fines.
The plea comes two days after the company agreed to pay more than 19 million to 26 states, including Kentucky, and the District of Columbia to settle complaints that it encouraged doctors to overprescribe OxyContin.
Brownlee says physicians told Purdue in 1995 of concerns about the abuse potential of OxyContin.