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Dozens of members of Congress are urging the U.S. Department of Justice to revise a recent $8.3 billion settlement of civil and criminal charges with Purdue Pharma, arguing that one part of the deal is really a “mirage” designed to help lessen the financial burden for the Sackler family, which controls the company.

In a sharply worded letter, the lawmakers objected to the idea of transforming the drug maker into a public benefit company. The entity would be run on behalf of the numerous state, county, and city governments around the U.S. that are seeking compensation from Purdue over allegations the company contributed to the opioid crisis by fueling overprescribing and downplaying the risks of addiction of the OxyContin painkiller.

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