Archived Report: August 26 - September 1, 2019
Health Topic: Opioids
Weekly Report: August 26 - September 1, 2019
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A landmark reckoning in court for a drugmaker involved in America’s opioid epidemic
In the midst of several drugmakers and distributors being sued for fueling the opioid addiction crisis in the United States, Oklahoma, the first state to pursue a case against a drug manufacturer, settled for $572 million against Johnson and Johnson. The case ruled that Johnson and Johnson had intentionally downplayed the dangers and oversold the benefits of opioids. Although this settlement was short of the $17 billion asked by the state for damages, it did set precedent for other lawsuits against drug manufacturers. Amid this news, one story highlighted that legal settlements alone would not solve the opioid crisis. Furthermore, the costs of these lawsuits are said to run into the hundreds of billions of dollars, with concerns that taxpayers would eventually have to take on the responsibility of paying that cost.

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