ABINGDON, Va. (AP) — Purdue Pharma L.P., the maker of OxyContin, and three of its executives were ordered Friday to pay a $634.5 million fine for misleading the public about the painkiller’s risk of addiction.
U.S. District Judge James Jones levied the fine on Purdue, its top lawyer and former president and former chief medical officer after a hearing that lasted about three-and-a-half hours. The hearing included statements by numerous people who said their lives were changed forever by addiction to OxyContin, a trade name for a long-acting form of the painkiller oxycodone.
Designed to be swallowed whole and digested over 12 hours, the pills can produce a heroin-like high if crushed and then swallowed, snorted or injected.
This is what Limbaugh was addicted to. I don’t understand that. I had to be on it for a while. I didn’t think it was a very effective painkiller for me. I had my doctor switch me to Vicodin. Apparently that has an addiction risk too. But once I didn’t need it for pain, I didn’t miss it.
I guess I’m doomed to a life of petty non-drug addictions. (Where the hell is the reply to my email about those crunchy Oatmeal Bars, Quaker Oats?!!!)