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Purdue Pharma agreed to settle the state of Oklahoma’s claims that its illegal marketing of the Oxycontin painkiller caused financial devastation to local communities, the first accord in a recent wave of lawsuits stemming from the U.S. opioid crisis, according to Bloomberg News. The settlement comes two months before the scheduled start of a trial against Purdue, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), and Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA). Oklahoma claims the three opioid makers understated the risks of prescription painkillers and overstated their benefits, fueling an epidemic.

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