The nation’s three largest drug distributors and a major pharmaceutical manufacturer announced Friday that a supermajority of states and localities had accepted the terms of their $26 billion offer to settle thousands of civil claims related to the deadly opioid crisis. The first checks are expected to go out in early April.
or drug distributors and the drugmaker Johnson & Johnson finalized a $26 billion agreement on Friday to bring relief to states and communities affected by the opioid epidemic, in what lawyers say is a turning point in the deadly public health crisis.
Drugmaker Johnson & Johnson and three major distributors finalized nationwide settlements over their role in the opioid addiction crisis Friday, an announcement that clears the way for $26 billion to flow to nearly every state and local government in the U.S.
In this episode of the Heart of Law podcast, Farrell and Fuller’s Paul Farrell, Jr., talks about taking on giants such as the major opioid distributors, Facebook, and Google.
Newspapers all over the country have been quietly filing antitrust lawsuits against Google and Facebook for the past year, alleging the two firms monopolized the digital ad market for revenue that would otherwise go to local news.
“We’re not fighting for the freedom of the press, we’re fighting to keep the press alive.” – Michael Fuller
“What we ended up with was a lot of pills sitting in medicine cabinets, and then they ended up in the community.”- Dr. Rahul Gupta, West Virginia’s former state health officer
The defense seems to be counting on a classic pass-the-buck roundelay, with distributors pointing at doctors pointing at government regulators pointing at the victims, and round and round until everybody’s guilty so nobody is.
“This day has been a long time coming. This day is for all of those suffering from substance use disorder who have lost their lives or lost a loved one from this horrible disease,” Rader said.
Former state Health Officer Dr. Rahul Gupta said during testimony Wednesday at the landmark opioid epidemic trial taking place in U.S. District Court in Charleston that he commissioned a report on overdose deaths in West Virginia to “learn from our dead so we could help the living.”