Tuesday, January 7, 2003

Class-action suit sought on Oxycontin

Class-action lawsuit sought on Oxycontin.Four people who claim they were harmed by the painkiller Oxycontin asked a federal judge Monday to certify their lawsuit against the drug's maker as a national class-action complaint.

The four say that their lawsuit, filed in Cincinnati, would protect the interests of anyone in the country who has been harmed by the drug.

If the lawsuit is certified as a national class action, all such claims against the drug manufacturer would be consolidated into the Cincinnati case.

The lawsuit claims the manufacturer, Purdue Pharma, sold the drug without proper restrictions on its use.

The suit argues that the company should pay for prescription monitoring programs that would track Oxycontin prescriptions, making it possible for law enforcement to find out if someone is obtaining multiple prescriptions. The suit also seeks a medical monitoring program to track the effects of the drug on those who use it.

Judge S. Arthur Spiegel will decide later this year whether to grant class action certification.

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