Kentucky judge to decide if OxyContin testimony is public
PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky judge says he will decide next week whether to unseal the secret testimony from a former president of the company that markets the powerfully addictive painkiller OxyContin.
Statnews.com, a health news website owned by Boston Globe owner John W. Henry, is seeking to unseal some 17 million pages of discovery that was part of Kentucky’s lawsuit against Purdue Pharma. Chief among them is a deposition by Richard Sackler, a former company president who is a member of the family that controls the company.
Kentucky sued Purdue Pharma in 2007, accusing the company of lying about the addictiveness of the drug. They settled the case in December for $24 million.
Purdue Pharma attorney Trevor Wells says the documents should stay hidden because they were never used as the basis for a court decision.