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McKesson to Pay $37 Million to Resolve West Virginia Opioid Lawsuit

Drug distributor McKesson Corp has agreed to pay $37 million to resolve a lawsuit by the state of West Virginia seeking to hold it responsible for contributing to the opioid epidemic, the state’s attorney general said on Thursday. The settlement …

U.S. Brings First Criminal Case Against Major Drug Distributor Over Opioids

NEW YORK — The U.S. government on Tuesday filed its first criminal charges against a major drug distributor and company executives over their alleged roles in fueling the nation’s opioid epidemic by putting profits ahead of patients’ safety. Rochester Drug …

Opioid Crisis ‘Kingpin’ Is Oklahoma’s New Target in Lawsuit

About the photo: Opium poppy plants in a field in Tasmania, Australia. Oklahoma is claiming that as the prior owner of poppy fields in Tasmania, Johnson & Johnson “acted as a ringleader” in a scheme to flood the state with …

Sackler Family Asks Judge to Toss Massachusetts Opioid Suit

The billionaire family that owns Purdue Pharma LP says Massachusetts officials can’t prove that it or other directors masterminded the alleged illegal marketing of the company’s OxyContin painkiller. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s lawsuit, seeking to hold the Sacklers and …

New York Lawsuit Seeks Sackler Family Investments Abroad

A New York state lawsuit is renewing longstanding questions about where some members of the billionaire Sackler family have invested the wealth they amassed from Purdue Pharma LP, the drugmaker accused of helping ignite the U.S. opioid epidemic. One place …

Vermont Sues 2 Prescription Opioid Distributors

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont filed a lawsuit Tuesday against two pharmaceutical distributors, accusing them of selling ever-increasing amounts of prescription opioids in the state while failing to effectively monitor and control the sales and acknowledge the quantity of pills was …

Purdue to Pay $270M to Settle Okla. Opioid Lawsuit

Purdue Pharma LP and the Sackler family will pay $270 million to settle Oklahoma’s claims that illegal marketing of the Oxycontin painkiller devastated local communities, an accord that could influence the results of thousands of lawsuits faced by the company …

Doctors Ask CDC to Clarify Guidelines so Patients aren’t Abruptly Cut Off Pain Opioids

Some physicians are pushing back against “widespread misapplication” of the 2016 federal opioid prescribing guidelines, while a new report from Harvard Medical School researchers gives some credence to their claims. Some 300 health professionals signed a joint letter to the …

Jurors Told Bribes, Music Videos Used to Boost Opioid Sales

Employees at a drug company accused of bribing doctors rapped and danced around a person dressed as a bottle of the highly addictive fentanyl spray in a video meant to motivate sales reps into getting patients on higher doses. The …

Ohio Doctor, Hospital Facing 15th Wrongful Death Lawsuit

A 15th wrongful-death lawsuit has been filed against an Ohio hospital system and a now-fired intensive care doctor who’s under investigation for ordering possibly fatal pain medication doses for dozens of patients. Many of the lawsuits allege patients in the …