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Ohio Judge in Opioid MDL Wants Solutions

Ohio Judge in Opioid MDL Wants Solutions January 15, 2018. By Brenda Craig.
St. Louis, MO: The courtroom was so packed with lawyers, clients, and interested parties that the Judge had to call for more chairs to be brought in at the first status hearing on the National Prescription Opiate Litigation proceedings in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Opioid Epidemic Biggest News Story in 2017, Opioid Litigation May be Biggest Legal News in 2018

Opioid Epidemic Biggest News Story in 2017, Opioid Litigation May be Biggest Legal News in 2018 January 1, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Cleveland, OH:Across the U.S., city and county newspapers looking back on 2017 say the top news story was the opioid crisis. And opioid litigation already looks like it will dominate legal news in 2018.
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The Opioid Crisis—Who is Responsible?

The Opioid Crisis—Who is Responsible? November 14, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA:: While cities, counties and states nationwide are filing opioid lawsuits, those defendants--that include big Pharma, manufacturers, distributors and pharmacy chains-- maintain that they cannot be held responsible for what happens to pain pills once they travel down the supply chain. And is anyone taking into account people in pain?
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East Texas County Joins Legal War Against Opioid Manufacturers

East Texas County Joins Legal War Against Opioid Manufacturers October 12, 2017. By Brenda Craig.
Dallas, TX: Upshur, a small rural county in east Texas with a population of about 35,000, has filed a lawsuit against 17 pharmaceutical companies claiming the drug makers are directly responsible for the opioid epidemic that has gripped its community. The lawsuit, put forward by the Upshur County District Attorney’s Office, alleges corporate marketing promoted drug addiction in the county and saddled the public with a huge financial burden and left a trail of human misery.
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Opioid Epidemic Lawsuits Filed Nationwide while Big Pharma Makes Big Profits

Opioid Epidemic Lawsuits Filed Nationwide while Big Pharma Makes Big Profits September 28, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Miami, FL: In the wake of the Opioid Epidemic now declared a national emergency, big Pharma faces a tsunami of litigation. Miami has just announced it may file a prescription opioid lawsuit against the manufacturers, adding to the long list of cities and municipalities that have declared an opioid crisis.
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Insys Faked Cancer Patients to Get Fentanyl Sales

Insys Faked Cancer Patients to Get Fentanyl Sales September 7, 2017. By Lucy Campbell.
Washington, DC:: Federal investigators have revealed a massive scheme by Insys, maker of Subsys, a sprayable form of fentanyl, to mislead insurers and boost sales of the opioid. The congressional investigation is led by Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri, where deaths by opioid overdose have more than doubled between 2005 and 2014.
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Canadian Manufacturer of Anti-Abuse OxyContin Bioequivalent Seeks FDA Approval

Canadian Manufacturer of Anti-Abuse OxyContin Bioequivalent Seeks FDA Approval July 28, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Toronto, ON: Concern over the growing opioid epidemic has prompted forward-thinking drug manufacturers and pharmaceuticals to consider anti-tampering and abuse deterrents in the design of new drugs. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) however, which has recently vowed to fight opioid abuse, has found it necessary to question the claims of a Canadian manufacturer that potential abuse of its OxyContin bioequivalent could be effectively deterred.
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Illinois Fights Opioid Crisis with Class Action Suit

Illinois Fights Opioid Crisis with Class Action Suit July 19, 2017. By Brenda Craig.
St. Clair County, Illinois The opioid addiction crisis has hit St. Clair County, Illinois hard. They are fighting back in a class action lawsuit charging the Purdue Pharma and Abbot Laboratories Inc. put profits ahead of the health and safety of its customers by underplaying the potential harm associated with highly addictive narcotics.
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Charges Laid Against 412 Individuals for Medicaid Fraud and Opioid Prescribing

Charges Laid Against 412 Individuals for Medicaid Fraud and Opioid Prescribing July 13, 2017. By Lucy Campbell.
Santa Clara, CA: The US Attorney General’s office has charged 412 defendants in 41 federal districts with Medicaid fraud resulting from false billings, and prescribing and distributing opioids and other dangerous drugs. The fraud is estimated to have cost Medicaid $1.3 billion resulting from false billings. More than 120 defendants have been charged for their roles in prescribing and distributing opioids and other dangerous narcotics, including doctors. In addition, Health and Human Services has initiated suspension actions against 295 providers, including doctors, nurses and pharmacists.
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Ohio Says Opioid Epidemic Generated by Drug Companies

Ohio Says Opioid Epidemic Generated by Drug Companies June 10, 2017. By Brenda Craig.
Columbus, OH Fed up with a deadly and costly drug addiction epidemic Ohio has become the second state after Mississippi to launch a lawsuit against five major pharmaceutical companies that manufacture and market prescription opioids such as OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin.
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