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$634 Million Fine, No Jail For OxyContin Executives

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$634 Million Fine, No Jail For OxyContin Executives

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$634 Million Fine, No Jail For OxyContin Executives

$634 Million Fine, No Jail For OxyContin Executives

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A federal judge on Friday heard wrenching testimony from victims before sentencing three pharmaceutical executives for over-promoting OxyContin. The executives were accused of lying about OxyContin's potential for abuse and addiction.

The judge accepted a plea agreement stipulating that the Purdue Pharma executives pay $634 million in fines but face no jail time.

The fine is one of the largest ever assessed against a pharmaceutical company.