The States That Are Suing Big Pharmaceutical Companies Over Opioid Epidemic
Can we ever trust some of the largest and independent pharmaceutical & biotechnology companies who we have, for a very long time, entrusted our lives with? A company such as GlaxoSmithKline was making headlines for using a Shanghai travel agency to funnel at least million in bribes. Only last year, the same company paid a total of 3 billion to resolve civil and criminal charges of marketing commonly used prescription drugs for unapproved treatments and using bribes to promote sales.
Other industry heavyweights trailing right behind GlaxoSmithKline are now being exposed by various whistleblowers and government officials in the United States for the manufacture of contaminated and defective pills as well as the misplacing of prescription drugs that so far have claimed innocent, unsuspecting lives. There is a total of 41 states emerging to investigate and file lawsuits against drug makers and distributors of powerful opioid painkillers that seen at least 183,000 people die from overdoses involving prescription opioids since 1999 to date.
Prescription opioid overdose deaths involve very common drugs such as Hydrocodone, Methadone, and Oxycodone that have addictive capabilities and the East Texas County is the very first state to sue big pharma’s for using illegal, deceptive marketing practices to sell the ‘benefits’ of opioids for chronic pain, which in essence has resulted in an opioid crisis in the U.S.
A state such as Ohio, which is the hardest hit area in the nation is not only suing one, but five major drug manufacturers such as Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, and subsidiary Cephalon, Purdue Pharma, Allergan, Endo Health Solutions, and Johnson & Johnson and subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals for the alleged role they have played in the iPod epidemic – all for the purpose of increasing sales.
The Missouri Attorney General filed law suits against three large pharmaceutical companies claiming that they distorted the addictive risks of opioids and used fraudulent science to back their claims. These well-organized campaigns of fraud and deception have become a nightmare because not only have they left the citizens of Missouri dealing with unnecessary opioid prescriptions, but also, thousands who have received these drugs did not find relief in taking them to alleviate their chronic pain issues, and because of that, they developed a dependency.
While there is hope that any money granted from the lawsuits will go toward drug rehabilitation services and efforts to help families affected by drug addiction, big pharma companies continue to deny all allegations in the complaints and pulling billions of dollars in massive profits through their unreliable and often ambiguous paid marketing campaigns while at it.
Brand names such as OxyContin, Vicodin, as well as drugs like codeine and morphine are legally available prescription pain relievers, and their addictive abilities have resulted to misuse and unfortunately thousands of reported deaths and maybe millions of those that go unreported every day.
Finding ways to lower the risk of deaths is very important, even though opioids are the best way to relieve pain.