Former ag secretary will oversee OxyContin maker's compliance
DES MOINES -- Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller issued the following statement after Purdue Pharma announced that it had named former U.S. Agriculture Secretary and Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack as monitor:
"There is nobody better in the country to serve in this role and ensure Purdue Pharma keeps its promises. Tom Vilsack's experience as governor and agriculture secretary and his role in leading the Obama administration's fight against the opioid epidemic put him in an ideal position to make sure the company never, ever misleads Americans again.
"Despite Purdue’s bankruptcy filing, our office is working to hold Purdue Pharma accountable for helping create a public health crisis and to secure funding to assist the many Iowa victims of this tragedy. This is an enormous problem that never should have happened, and it has caused great suffering."
In May 2019, Miller sued Purdue Pharma and its former president and board chairman, Richard Sackler, alleging that the drug company engaged in unfair, deceptive and unlawful practices in the marketing of OxyContin, helping fuel the nation’s opioid crisis.