North Carolina files lawsuit against prescription opioid manufacturer

Posted May 17, 2018

A new question on the list is regarding opioid abuse.

The action accused the drugmakers of deceptively marketing opioids and drug distributors of ignoring indications that the painkillers were being diverted for improper uses. Those lawsuits are also vying for drug companies and distributors to reimburse counties and cities for the cost of opioid problems, including treatment, lost productivity, emergency room costs and more. "It is clear to us that Purdue profited by deliberately exploiting New Yorkers' addictions, and by pushing healthcare providers to increase patients' use and dependence on these potentially fatal drugs".

"We are disappointed that after months of good faith negotiations working toward a meaningful resolution to address the opioid crisis, this group of attorneys general have unilaterally chose to pursue a costly and protracted litigation process", said Purdue spokesman Robert Josephson.

In September 2017, Paxton announced Texas was joining a bipartisan coalition of 40 other states and served investigative subpoenas on eight companies that manufacture or distribute addictive painkillers.

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Similar lawsuits were expected in Florida, Nevada, North Dakota, Tennessee and Texas.

"We are committed to holding opioid manufacturers and distributors accountable for the damage they've wrought on New York's towns, communities, and families", Underwood said.

"The marketing efforts of certain drug companies coalesced with what was called the pain management movement of the 1980s and 1990s, where the thesis was that the epidemic of untreated pain and the people who were suffering with pain was inhumane and the aversion that physicians had to prescribing narcotics to treat moderate pain should be modified", Simon said.

"Needless to say, our country is feeling a lot of pain in the hands of pain pills", Paxton said.

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"You have to have good education, prevention intervention, and along with that you have to have law enforcement to get the dealers off the streets and the very very important third part of that is making sure we have great recovery programs in our whole state", said Darrin Tonsfeldt, The Village. "Lawsuits in other jurisdictions have been much stronger than this one". A settlement could mean billion dollar payouts.

In previous months and years, state officials in at least 16 states - Arizona, Alabama, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and West Virginia - sued various pain-killer manufacturers and distributors for their roles in helping the opioid epidemic grow.

The judge has scheduled three trials in OH beginning next year. To see more, visit KUT 90.5.

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