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Kentucky Sues Devil of Drug Manufacturers, 'Hillbilly Heroin' Maker Purdue PharmaMarianne Skolek Salem-News.com
"I am in no mood to be deceived any longer by the crafty devil and false character whose greatest pleasure is to take advantage of everyone." Carmille Claudel
(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - If Kentucky is suing the makers of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma for their deceit in marketing the drug, how far behind are the remaining 49 States in Filing Lawsuits for loss of hundreds of thousands of lives to addiction and death?
The State of Kentucky has taken on the devil. The devil known as "Hillbilly Heroin" and "Heroin of the Hills" in their state. The devil being the maker of the lethal drug, OxyContin - Purdue Pharma. Purdue Pharma intentionally marketed OxyContin as less likely to be addictive or abused to the medical profession. Their deception paid off for Purdue Pharma to the tune of billions of dollars.
In 2007, the State of Kentucky took on Purdue Pharma and filed a lawsuit against the $13 billion convicted felon pharmaceutical company. "We're asking to hold them (Purdue Pharma) accountable for the wrongs they committed, for the actions they've done. The illegal profiteering that they've engaged in at the expense of human beings that are addicted and families that have been destroyed," said Greg Stumbo, Attorney General of Kentucky in 2007.
Unfortunately, Purdue Pharma was successful in having the lawsuit moved to Federal Court in New York where it has sat until recently. The case has been remanded back to State Court in Kentucky. Jack Conway, current Attorney General of Kentucky was successful in having the lawsuit returned to Kentucky. Specifically back to Pike County - the heart of Appalachia where OxyContin addiction and death is in epidemic proportions and where the litigation was filed.
Libby Holman who calls herself "a spokeswoman for Purdue Pharma", but is actually Associate Director of Public Affairs for the disgraced pharmaceutical company described the company as disappointed in the appeals court decision. But she said it dealt only with where the case should proceed, not whether Kentucky can prove its claims.
"Now that the federal jurisdictional issue is resolved, Purdue is fully prepared to vigorously defend this action on the merits, and we expect to prevail," Holman wrote in an email to the Associated Press.
If anyone would like to contact the "spokeswoman for Purdue Pharma" as a voice for the hundreds of thousands of victims of their marketing lies, you can reach her at 203-588-7670, or email Libby.Holman@pharma.com. Be a voice for the true victims of deception perpetrated by Purdue Pharma -- your loved ones.
"Drug companies that mislead consumers about the nature of their drugs must be held accountable," Attorney General Jack Conway was quoted as saying. Kentucky's lawsuit claims that Purdue Pharma downplayed the dangers of OxyContin which resulted in thousands of people being misled about the risks of addiction associated with the drug. Attorney General, Jack Conway appears to be concerned for the loss of lives in his state.
I have written about Jack Conway in the past (links provided) below and have been vocal in my concern that Conway accepted a $50,000 check from an organization called National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) since they are funded by Purdue Pharma and Kentucky was involved in a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma. I would like nothing more than to admit I made a mistake about Conway and he is, in fact, extremely concerned and incensed by the loss of life in his state due to the criminal marketing of OxyContin. Families in Kentucky suffering in this epidemic deserve a true believer in making a difference and having the thousands of victims of OxyContin in Kentucky have a voice.
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There are 49 states with their eyes on you -- make me a believer Attorney General Conway -- don't make a deal with the devil..
Articles referencing or specifically about Jack Conway:
Mar-14-2010 AG Conway Update and Wikipedia
Sep-10-2009 A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
Salem-News.com Investigative Reporter Marianne Skolek, is an Activist for Victims of OxyContin and Purdue Pharma throughout the United States and Canada. In July 2007, she testified against Purdue Pharma in Federal Court in Virginia at the sentencing of their three CEO's - Michael Friedman, Howard Udell and Paul Goldenheim - who pleaded guilty to charges of marketing OxyContin as less likely to be addictive or abused to physicians and patients. She also testified against Purdue Pharma at a Judiciary Hearing of the U.S. Senate in July 2007. Marianne works with government agencies and private attorneys in having a voice for her daughter Jill, who died in 2002 after being prescribed OxyContin, as well as the voice for scores of victims of OxyContin. She has been involved in her work for the past 8-1/2 years and is currently working on a book that exposes Purdue Pharma for their continued criminal marketing of OxyContin.
Marianne is a nurse having graduated in 1991 as president of her graduating class. She also has a Paralegal certification. Marianne served on a Community Service Board for the Courier News, a Gannet newspaper in NJ writing articles predominantly regarding AIDS patients and their emotional issues. She was awarded a Community Service Award in 1993 by the Hunterdon County, NJ HIV/AIDS Task Force in recognition of and appreciation for the donated time, energy and love in facilitating a Support Group for persons with HIV/AIDS.
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