New York City sues Big Pharma over the opioid epidemic

25 January, 2018, 02:10 | Author: Katrina Soto
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De Blasio - who has spent much of the a year ago blasting Trump over his tax bill, immigration policies and other issues - will be in the capital for a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which will be held Thursday. "It needs a national solution".

Defendants included Allergan, Endo, Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson, Teva Pharmaceuticals, among other subsidiaries, and distributors McKesson, AmerisourceBergen and Cardinal Health. Officials said the places have been previously warned that they need to provide information about their policies to be eligible to receive grants that pay for everything from bulletproof vests to officer overtime.

The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in the State Supreme Court in Manhattan, seeks $500 million in damages to recover expenses the city has to incur in combating the crisis.

According to the news release, the lawsuit, which was filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, alleges that the opioid crisis was caused by the deceptive marketing of drugmakers, and by distributors bringing large amounts of prescription painkillers into the NY market - all of which has caused the city to spend millions of dollars on substance abuse treatment programs, hospital services, emergency medical services, law enforcement, among other costs.

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The de Blasio administration introduced HealingNYC, a $38 million local initiative to distribute naloxone, addiction treatment medications and to educate local emergency rooms and clinicians about opioids, in March. In 2016, more than 1,000 people in New York City died of an opioid overdose, according to official data - the highest number on record.

More than 90 Americans a day die of an opioid overdose, according to data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

"We are deeply troubled by the prescription and illicit opioid abuse crisis, and are dedicated to being part of the solution", said John Puskar, a spokesman for Purdue Pharma L.P., one of the defendants in the NY litigation. Chicago was among the first to do so in 2014; the lawsuit is yet to be resolved. The money states received from the legal settlements was used to offset medical costs and fund anti-smoking campaigns.

The manufacturers named in the lawsuit are Purdue Pharma LP; Purdue Pharma Inc.; The Purdue Frederick Co.

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