OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to plead guilty to federal criminal charges: DOJ
One of the biggest settlements ever against the nation's top drugmakers. Purdue Pharma agrees to a plea deal on criminal charges in connection with the country's opioid crisis. Purdue Pharma will plead guilty to federal charges over its production and sales of the prescription opioid painkiller OxyContin Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen Global settlement announced today involves the company pleading guilty to three Felony counts for defrauding the United States. Purdue has agreed to pay more than $8 billion in fines and damages. It's believed the nation's opioid addiction and overdose crisis has claimed nearly a half million lives. Over the past 20 years. Jim Krystle, a CBS News New Pharma could face other charges from states down the road. Massachusetts attorney general says the Justice Department failed in its deal with the drug maker.