The Connecticut-based company, Purdue Pharma, has refused to comply with a subpoena for documents that detail its marketing practices in New Hampshire, arguing that the government’s use of a private law firm for the case is illegal.
Last year, Purdue was one of five drug companies subpoenaed by the attorney general’s office for illegal marketing practices. All of the companies refused to comply with the subpoena on the grounds that the government illegally used a private law firm to issue the subpoena. The private firm was set to gain financially from any payout the companies would have been required to pay.
But this spring, a judge ruled that the Attorney General could hire the firm for a flat fee. Purdue has continued to resist the subpoena.
This would not be the first time OxyContin was sued for marketing practices. In 2007 the company paid $630 in a settlement after being found guilty of misleading doctors and patients about the risks associated with the drugs.