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Dozens Of Workers At Wilson Pharmaceutical Plant To Be Laid Off

Posted April 15, 2004 4:04 a.m. EDT

— A community already struggling with job losses suffers another blow.

The Purdue pharmaceutical plant in Wilson is laying off at least 42 employees. The company said it part of a nationwide cut due to the prediction of slower sales.

Purdue's chief product is the drug, OxyContin. They say new competition from a generic version of the drug is to blame.

The company will offer severance packages to Wilson employees. Some workers could lose their jobs this week.