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Purdue Pharma agrees to $8bn plea deal over US opioid epidemic

Purdue Pharma – the makers of OxyContin – is to face charges for its role in the United States opioid epidemic, according to Justice Department officials.
OxyContin is a powerful prescription painkiller.
Government officials said Purdue Parma will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8bn dollars. It is the biggest result from a US government investigation into the country’s opioid crisis – linked to nearly half a million deaths.

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