Ohio sues drug manufacturers over opiod epidemic

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Ohio sues drug manufacturers over opiod epidemic

Postby Anaxagoras » Thu Jun 01, 2017 9:01 am

Are the manufacturers ultimately at fault for this, or is this like suing a gun manufacturer because someone used their gun to commit a crime? How much responsibility should they bear? Alternatively, is this like when they went after tobacco companies?

Ohio Sues Drug Makers, Saying They Aided Opioid Epidemic

The State of Ohio filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the pharmaceutical industry over the opioid epidemic, accusing several drug companies of conducting marketing campaigns that misled doctors and patients about the danger of addiction and overdose.

Ohio’s attorney general, Mike DeWine, sued the drug makers in a case similar to one that was filed by Mississippi in 2015 and is still pending. In another case, West Virginia went after major drug distributors and has reached settlements that will pay the state tens of millions of dollars. The City of Chicago, and counties in New York, California and West Virginia, have all started litigation.

Complaints like these are being closely watched by state and local governments around the country that are trying to decide how to proceed — decisions that are complicated by differences in state laws.

“We are in ongoing discussions with attorneys general about what can only be described as a national epidemic,” said Michael P. Canty, a lawyer in New York whose firm, Labaton Sucharow, is advising states on possible opioid litigation.
The drugs were once used primarily for acute, or short-term pain, but over the last two decades, doctors have increasingly prescribed them to treat chronic pain, giving them to patients for months or years at a stretch. Drug makers promoted that change, Mr. DeWine charged in his suit, spending “millions of dollars on promotional activities and materials that falsely deny or trivialize the risks of opioids while overstating the benefits of using them for chronic pain.”

In addition, he said, the companies provided funding to prominent doctors, medical societies and patient advocacy groups to win their support for the drugs’ use. By 2012, the suit says, opioid prescriptions in Ohio equaled 68 pills a year for every resident of the state, including children.
Ohio’s lawsuit seeks to recover money the state has spent on the drugs themselves, through programs like Medicaid, and on addiction treatment.
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Re: Ohio sues drug manufacturers over opiod epidemic

Postby Abdul Alhazred » Thu Jun 01, 2017 9:21 am

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Re: Ohio sues drug manufacturers over opiod epidemic

Postby Rob Lister » Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:33 am

... The drugs were once used primarily for acute, or short-term pain, but over the last two decades, doctors have increasingly prescribed them to treat chronic pain, giving them to patients for months or years at a stretch. ...


I fail to see a problem with this.

Acute: of a bad, difficult, or unwelcome situation or phenomenon present or experienced to a severe or intense degree.

There is nothing about acute pain that restricts it to short term. One can have chronic acute pain. Pain so acute that it immobilizes and disables without pain treatment. Yes, long term users will no doubt become addicted but is the addiction better or worse than debilitating pain? That is the question.

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Re: Ohio sues drug manufacturers over opiod epidemic

Postby Pyrrho » Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:43 am

In another case, West Virginia went after major drug distributors and has reached settlements that will pay the state tens of millions of dollars.


That's what it's all about. Aside from DeWine's run for Governor, which is probably related.

Net effect on the opioid addiction problem: zero.

For t3h lulz: DeWine endorsed Rick Santorum in 2012.

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Re: Ohio sues drug manufacturers over opiod epidemic

Postby sparks » Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:41 am

"... will pay the state tens of millions of dollars."

Gawd love Umerica! That's the way to do it.

Fuck the addicts. Give that money to the State!

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Postby Doctor X » Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:47 am

The addicts will just waste it. . . .

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Postby sparks » Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:53 am

True. The money comes full circle.
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Re: Ohio sues drug manufacturers over opiod epidemic

Postby Doctor X » Fri Jun 02, 2017 3:43 am

. . . unlike the states, which, of course, will spend it on health care. . . .

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