opioid epidemic News

Drug Distributor Reckitt to Pay $700 Million Over Opioid Marketing

Drug distributor Reckitt Benckiser Group agreed to a $700 million settlement with six U.S. states over claims that the company improperly marketed and promoted the opioid-addiction treatment Suboxone. The marketing resulted in state Medicaid funds being improperly spent on the …

$50 Billion Opioid Settlement Bid Sparks States-Cities Fight

About $50 billion in settlement offers by drugmakers and distributors have sparked a fight between state attorneys general and thousands of local governments over how much the pharmaceutical industry should pay for its role in creating the U.S. opioid epidemic. …

Drug Wholesalers, Teva Settle With Ohio Counties Over Opioids

The three largest U.S. drug distributors and a major generic-drug manufacturer have agreed to pay $260 million to settle the first federal trial over the companies’ role in fueling the U.S. opioid epidemic. Drug distributors McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc. …

J&J Makes $4 Billion Opioid Offer as Distributors Seek Deal

Johnson & Johnson has offered to pay $4 billion to settle all claims accusing the company of helping fuel the U.S. opioid epidemic, as part of a potentially larger deal involving drugmakers and distributors that could top $20 billion. J&J’s …

Sacklers to Remain Billionaire Family If Purdue Settles Opioid Lawsuits

The Sackler family — once known as global philanthropists backed by a fortune made from opioids and other drugs — may lose most of their wealth if they agree to an $11.5 billion settlement to resolve lawsuits against them and …

Sackler Family Backs $11.5 Billion Purdue Opioid Settlement

The Sackler family and their embattled drugmaker, Purdue Pharma LP, are backing a proposal to resolve all opioid lawsuits against themselves and the company for more than $11 billion in what would be the largest settlement to date in the …

Opioid Fines Could Reach $150 Billion in Worst-Case Scenario

Monday’s $572 million judgment against Johnson & Johnson may mean one analyst’s “bear case scenario” of $150 billion in opioid damages just got one step closer. Patrick Trucchio, a Berenberg analyst, on Tuesday renewed his April projection for U.S. liabilities …

Teva’s Budding Blockbuster Drugs Lend Respite From Legal Concerns

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. is preparing for a potential reckoning with the U.S. epidemic of opioid addiction. The drugmaker’s shares tumbled after it set aside $646 million to help pay legal expenses related to its alleged role in the abuse …

Opioid Distributors Propose $10 Billion to End State Claims

McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc. and AmerisourceBergen Corp. have proposed paying $10 billion to settle claims they helped to fuel the U.S. opioid epidemic — the first sign of progress in resolving state lawsuits against the drug distributors, according to …

Arizona Asks for US Supreme Court Involvement in Opioid Case

PHOENIX — Arizona’s attorney general on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to force the Sackler family, which owns OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma, to return billions of dollars they took out of the company. The court filing marks the first time …