WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – Purdue University wants the public to know that it has no connection to a company blamed for helping drive the nation’s opioid crisis.
The university has spent years repeating that it has no affiliation to Purdue Pharma, the Stamford, Connecticut-based pharmaceutical company that’s the maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin.
But university spokesman Tim Doty says the news that Purdue Pharma is negotiating a multibillion-dollar settlement to resolve lawsuits over the opioid crisis is a good time for the school to repeat that “That’s not us.”
The Journal & Courier reports that Purdue University was founded in 1869 as Indiana’s land-grant institution and is named for benefactor John Purdue.
Purdue Pharma was founded in Manhattan in 1892 by John Purdue Gray and George Frederick Bingham as the Purdue Frederick Company.
(This story was originally published on September 3, 2019)