December 23, 2015 / 10:57 PM / 3 years ago

Kentucky reaches $39.5 million settlement with Purdue, Johnson & Johnson

(Reuters) - Kentucky reached two separate settlements totaling $39.5 million with Purdue Pharma and Johnson & Johnson, Attorney General Jack Conway said on Wednesday.

Pharmaceutical tablets and capsules in foil strips are arranged on a table in this picture illustration taken in Ljubljana September 18, 2013.

Purdue, which settled for $24 million, was alleged to have misrepresented the highly addictive nature of its drug OxyContin. (1.usa.gov/1m6R0ZB)

A separate $15.5 million settlement involved Johnson & Johnson’s unit, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, over Risperdal, which is approved to treat schizophrenia and acute mania associated with bipolar disorder.

Janssen faced allegations of misleading consumers about Risperdal’s side-effects and marketing the drug for purposes other than those approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Both Purdue and Janssen did not admit to any wrongdoing in the settlement, the Attorney General said.

Reporting by Kshitiz Goliya in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila

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