LA Sues Drug Companies Alleging Deceptive Marketing Aimed At Boosting Opioid Sales
City Attorney Mike Feuer says that prescription drug manufacturers and distributors encouraged doctors to prescribe potent painkillers for chronic, long-term pain and downplayed the addictive nature of the drugs.
Los Angeles Times:
L.A. Sues 9 Drug Companies, Alleging Unethical Practices That Worsened The Opioid Crisis
The city of Los Angeles accused top drugmakers and distributors Thursday of fueling the nation's opioid epidemic by engaging in deceptive marketing aimed at boosting sales of powerful, addictive painkillers such as OxyContin, methadone and fentanyl. In a 165-page lawsuit filed in federal court, the city sued six of the largest manufacturers and the top three distributors of prescription painkillers, alleging violations of federal laws in creating a public nuisance, negligence and misrepresentation. (Jennings, 5/3)
LA Sues Opioid Drug Makers And Sellers, Joining Hundreds Of Others
Los Angeles Thursday joined hundreds of other municipalities in suing opioid manufacturers for their alleged roles in contributing to the nationwide addiction crisis. City Attorney Mike Feuer filed a federal suit, adding L.A. to the list of local governments that have gone to court against the industry in the Northern District of Ohio. (Faust, 5/3)