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Purdue University: School Has No Connection to Purdue Pharma

Purdue University wants the public to know that it has no connection to a company blamed for helping drive the nation's opioid crisis.

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    Purdue University: School Has No Connection to Purdue Pharma
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    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - AUGUST 30: General view of the stadium exterior prior to a game between the Purdue Boilermakers and Northwestern Wildcats at Ross-Ade Stadium on August 30, 2018 in West Lafayette, Indiana. Northwestern won 31-27. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

    Purdue University in Indiana wants the public to know that it has no connection to a Connecticut-based 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 said 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." 

    Purdue University posted a statement on the school website in May, saying: 

    “Purdue University is not and has never been affiliated in any way with Purdue Pharma. The pharmaceutical company was founded in Manhattan in 1892 by John Purdue Gray and George Frederick Bingham as the Purdue Frederick Company. Purdue University was founded in 1869 as Indiana’s land-grant institution, named for benefactor John Purdue.”