Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed suit against Kroger, Albertsons, and Rite Aid for failing to act as a final barrier to halt the spread of addictive opioids into Washington communities. This move marks the latest effort to hold pharma giants accountable for the products they made and distributed that ultimately created what may be America’s worst-ever addiction epidemic.
Over the past few years, dozens of lawsuits have culminated in major pharmaceutical companies being held at least somewhat accountable for creating America’s crippling opioid addiction epidemic. Most recently, New York State settled a $524 million lawsuit with Teva Pharmaceuticals. While the lawsuit is a monumental step in the right direction, it’s even more important that those who suffer from opioid addiction receive proper treatment.
In the slew of recent lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies, yet another loss for Big Pharma was announced on December 30th, 2021, in the case of New York State against Teva Pharmaceuticals.
In August 2019, Cleveland County Judge Thad Balkman ordered Johnson & Johnson and their subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals to pay Oklahoma $572 million for the harm their products cause. When the settlement is paid, what will the benefits actually be? Will Oklahomans actually benefit?
When doctors prescribe any drug, it should only be done to improve a patient’s health, right? Over the last few decades, prescribing practices have begun to be influenced too heavily by the wrong parties. Millions of Americans have suffered as a result.
In state after state, Attorneys General have been filing lawsuits directed at pharmaceutical corporations they claim are responsible for our current epidemic of opioid abuse and addiction. What benefits could result if these lawsuits are won?