Tuesday, 23 April, 2019

NYC files opioid lawsuit against 8 drugmakers, distributors

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Patty Aguilar | 24 January, 2018, 08:34

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that the city is suing manufacturers and distributors of opioids, seeking $500 million in damages.

The defendants are Purdue, Teva, Cephalon, Johnson & Johnson and Janssen, according to the mayor's office.

It's the place where so many great American standards were written, it's the place where Carole King and Sonny Rollins and Jay-Z became legends. More New Yorkers died from opioid overdoses a year ago than from auto accidents and homicides combined.

Five opioid manufacturers and their subsidiaries, including Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson and Endo International, as well as distributors McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc. and AmerisourceBergen Corp., were named in the lawsuit.

At age 19, Perotto said her son was a straight A student and athlete who became addicted to prescription opioids after he was in a vehicle accident.

Renowned photographer Nan Goldin, herself a recovering opioid addict, is waging a campaign to hold the family behind painkiller brand OxyContin accountable for its role in the epidemic.

"More New Yorkers have died from opioid overdoses than auto crashes and homicides combined in recent years".

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"It's time for big pharma to pay for what they've done".

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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.

New York City is suing the nation's largest opioid manufacturers and distributors in an effort to hold them accountable for what officials call their role in the city's ongoing opioid epidemic. Roughly 2.7 million opioid prescriptions were filled within New York City each year between 2014 and 2016.

Carter said he expected the city's opioid suit to be consolidated for discovery purposes with similar cases in Suffolk County, and then tried in Manhattan.

Earlier today, opioid commission member and former Congressman Patrick Kennedy slammed the federal government for what he described as hollow efforts against the opioid epidemic.

Could a medically supervised distribution program be the answer to the opioid crisis? .

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