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Purdue and OxyContin: A timeline

August 11, 2013
  • OxyContin 80 mg pills.
OxyContin 80 mg pills. (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles…)

1996: Purdue introduces OxyContin for pain management.

2002: Amid growing reports of addiction and overdose deaths associated with OxyContin, Purdue launches an internal program to identify potential reckless prescribers.

2007: Purdue pays more than $600 million to settle government charges that it trained its sales representatives to mislead physicians about the risks of addiction and overdose from OxyContin.

2010: A tamper-resistant reformulation of OxyContin is released.

2013: A Purdue scientist attends a conference on drug dependency and presents a study of suspected risky prescribers. The study concludes that a small number of physicians may be responsible for a "substantial portion" of painkillers being diverted to the streets.

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