The FDA approved OxyContin in 1995 believing it would result in "less abuse potential." In 2001, the regulator said the drug has high abuse potential.
In California, Washington, Arizona, Texas, and Colorado fentanyl deaths increased by 371% between 2017 and 2019.
Prosecutors called the doctor a "serial killer," and said he prescribed drugs from his car, an abandoned Radio Shack, and a Dunkin' Donuts.
The Justice Department is suing Walmart, accusing the retailer of playing a role in the opioid epidemic. Walmart through a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission responded to the suit “unlawfully forces pharmacists to come between patients and their doctors.” The suit is a “transparent attempt to shift blame […]
The Justice Department is suing Walmart, accusing it of playing a role in the opioid epidemic. Walmart preemptively sued the federal government in October. The lawsuit alleges that Walmart pharmacies did not properly screen prescriptions, understaffed pharmacies, and pushed employees to fill prescriptions quickly. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more […]
David and Kathe Sackler, two of the owners of Perdue Pharma, acknowledged their drug Oxycontin’s role in the opioid crisis but stopped short of accepting any liability while testifying in front of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, the Associated Press reported. The Sacklers made more than $US12 billion from […]
Walmart is suing the DOJ and DEA, asking a federal court to clarify what legal authority its pharmacists have to refuse to fill opioid prescriptions. Walmart’s legal action comes as it expects the federal government to file its own lawsuit alleging the retail giant helped fuel the opioid crisis by […]
https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php The opioid epidemic claims about 128 lives every day in the US. But doctors are hoping a risky type of brain surgery can be used to treat addiction and put a dent in that number. We followed one former opioid addict of 18 years who found sobriety after undergoing […]
“Flash” actor Logan Williams died on April 2, a week before his 17th birthday. The 16-year-old’s mother Marlyse Williams told the New York Post that he died from a fentanyl overdose. She said Logan had been trying to manage his addiction to opioids for three years before passing away. “His […]
Drug stocks plunged on Tuesday after the Wall Street Journal reported that federal prosecutors have launched a criminal probe into whether pharmaceutical companies purposely allowed painkillers to spread through US communities, fuelling the opioid crisis. Teva slumped 8%, Amneal dropped 10%, and Mallinckrodt, McKesson, and AmeriSourceBergen all fell by more […]
Four healthcare firms who have been blamed for the opioid crisis reached a settlement ahead of a federal court case that was scheduled to begin on Monday. Drugmaker Teva and distributors AmerisourceBergen, McKesson, and Cardinal Health have agreed to a settlement with two Ohio counties worth $US260 million, according to […]
Opioid distributors AmerisourceBergen,Cardinal Health, and McKesson all soared in early Wednesday trading after The Wall Street Journal reported the three firms are eyeing a settlement for state and local lawsuits blaming them for the drug crisis. The settlement plans involve the three companies collectively paying $US18 billion over 18 years. […]
Johnson & Johnson shares jumped as much as 3.6% on Wednesday after the company settled two Ohio opioid-crisis lawsuits for $US20.4 million. The settlement allows J&J to avoid an October federal trial looking to hold numerous pharmaceutical companies accountable for the US drug epidemic. J&J was found guilty in an […]
The prescription medication naloxone can reverse an opioid overdose and has become a key tool in the US’s deadly and prolonged opioid crisis. On Friday, the US Food and Drug Administration highlighted its efforts to increase availability of naloxone, including encouraging companies to create a non-prescription product. But experts say […]
The drug company Purdue Pharma, the longtime maker of the prescription opioid OxyContin, has been accused of driving the US’s deadly opioid epidemic. Purdue and its owners, the billionaire Sackler family, now face thousands of lawsuits over those charges. A new settlement proposal could resolve those lawsuits with an unusual […]
Oxycontin producer Purdue Pharma is in talks to resolve more than 2,000 opioid lawsuits in a $US10 billion to $US12 billion settlement, according to a Wall Street Journal report. If approved, the deal would bankrupt Purdue and form a public trust company to pay off governments bringing the lawsuits. The […]
An Oklahoma judge ruled against Johnson & Johnson Monday afternoon in a case accusing the drugmaker of fuelling the US opioid epidemic. He ordered the company to pay the state $US572 million, well under the more than $US17 billion sum sought by the state of Oklahoma. It also fell short […]