Opioid drug maker seeks dismissal of Alaska lawsuit

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The maker of the prescription opioid painkiller OxyContin is asking a judge in Alaska to dismiss a lawsuit that blames the company for the state's epidemic of opioid abuse. 

Arguments are scheduled for Thursday afternoon in Anchorage. 

The state sued Purdue Pharma and its affiliates last year, alleging deceptive marketing practices. 

Opioid drug maker seeks dismissal of Alaska lawsuit

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