Ohio Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against 5 Drug Companies
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, has filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, Endo Health Solutions, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Cephalon Pharmaceuticals, and Allergan Pharmaceuticals. DeWine believes that the drug companies gave medical professionals misleading information about the addiction risks and benefits of the drugs.
DeWine says they believe the evidence will show companies “got thousands and thousands and thousands of Ohioans…addicted to opioids” through their actions. According to statistics from DeWine, 2.3 million Ohioans were prescribed opioids in 2016.
He accused them of leading doctors to believe drugs were not addictive, addiction was easy to overcome, and even that an addiction could be treated by taking more pills. “These companies knew what they were saying was wrong, but they did it anyway. And they continue to do so,” DeWine said.
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