New York City Unleashes Major Lawsuit Against Big Pharma – This Is Historic (DETAILS)

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Donald Trump campaigned on the idea that he would deal with the country’s opioid crisis, but nothing has happened on a national level as of yet. Instead, the states and cities have been stepping up to deal powerfully with problems that are usually the responsibility of the federal government. Take New York City, for example.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio decided to take on the major drug companies, because he believes that they played an integral role in starting and continuing the dramatic opioid epidemic. He filed lawsuit against eight of the big pharmaceutical corporations, which make or distribute prescription opioids.

Over 1,000 people died of drug overdoses involving opioids in New York City alone in 2016. That deadly number continues to increase. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that a total of 64,070 people died from drug overdoses in 2016, according to CBS News. That is more than the number of U.S. soldiers who died in the Vietnam War:

‘That’s a 21 percent increase over the year before. Approximately three-fourths of all drug overdose deaths are now caused by opioids — a class of drugs that includes prescription painkillers as well as heroin and potent synthetic versions like fentanyl.’

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In his lawsuit, Mayor de Blasio has sought $500 million in damages and will use the proceeds in the city’s war against the opioid crisis. He said in a statement, according to The New York Times:

‘Big Pharma helped to fuel this epidemic by deceptively peddling these dangerous drugs and hooking millions of Americans in exchange for profit. It’s time for hold the companies accountable for what they’ve done to our City, and help save more lives.’

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The mayor’s lawsuit alleged that the drug manufacturers distorted how safe painkillers were on a long-term basis. It also claimed that distributors provided far too many opioids, which spurred the illegal sales. As a result, the companies created a “substantial burden” on New York City. The New York Times reported the lawsuit claimed that the city was responsible for:

‘(Increased) treatment services, law enforcement costs, medical examiner costs and more.’

The New York Times listed the defendants as manufacturers:

‘Allergan PLC, Endo International PLC, Johnson & Johnson, Purdue Pharma LP and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.’

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The lawsuit listed the distributors as:

‘AmerisourceBergen Corp., Cardinal Health Inc., and McKesson Corp.’

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Endo released a statement, noting that the business had voluntarily quit its opioid promotion and had imposed other efforts:

‘It is Endo’s policy not to comment on current litigation. That said, we deny the allegations contained in this lawsuit and intend to vigorously defend the Company.’

According to Purdue Pharma’s statement, the pharmaceutical company denied all allegations:

‘(We look) forward to the opportunity to present our defense (and are) dedicated to being part of the solution.’

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Spokesperson for Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Sarah Freeman, released a statement for the Johnson & Johnson owned business:

‘We maintain that the allegations made in these lawsuits against our company are baseless and unsubstantiated. Our actions in the marketing and promotion of our opioid pain medicines were appropriate and responsible.’

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Allergan’s statement defended the company:

‘Allergan’s two branded opioid products – Norco and Kadian – account for less than 0.08% of all opioid products prescribed in 2016 in the U.S. These products came to Allergan through legacy acquisitions and have not been promoted since 2012, in the case of Kadian, and since 2003, in the case of Norco.’

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AmerisourceBergen said in a statement that,

‘Beyond our reporting and immediate halting of tens of thousands of potentially suspicious orders, we refuse service to customers we deem as a diversion risk and provide daily reports to the DEA that detail the quantity, type, and the receiving pharmacy of every single order of these products that we distribute.’

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Teva’s statement referred to its commitment:

‘Teva is committed to the appropriate use of opioid medicines, and we recognize the critical public health issues impacting communities across the U.S. as a result of illegal drug use as well as the misuse and abuse of opioids that are available legally by prescription.’

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