Updated Massachusetts lawsuit teases new details against OxyContin maker

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An updated complaint in Massachusetts’ lawsuit against Purdue Pharma claims members of the family that owns the OxyContin maker are personally responsible for fueling abuse of the deadly painkiller.

The filing late Friday in Suffolk Superior Court expands on the lawsuit the state filed in June against the drugmaker, 16 current and former executives and members of the Sackler family, which owns the company.

The suit asserts that the Sacklers controlled a deceptive sales campaign by Purdue aimed at getting more people on higher doses of opioids to boost profits.

Much of the specifics on the allegations against Purdue executives and Sackler family members are blacked out while the state works to release a less-redacted complaint.

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Several states and localities have sued Stamford, Connecticut-based Purdue, which has denied the allegations.

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