New York City Sues Drug Companies Over Opioid Epidemic

By and | January 24, 2018

  • January 24, 2018 at 1:33 pm
    All1g8r says:
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    This is a trend I hope to see continue, with other cities following suit. However, the medical regulatory bodies also need to monitor prescription abuse by physicians and hold them accountable by revoking licenses and pursuing criminal prosecution for their irresponsible prescribing habits.

    Yes, there’s a black market for these drugs, but many of those who have died from this epidemic were still receiving valid prescriptions from their physicians and most got their start from physicians who would rather continue prescribing opioids beyond a reasonable timeframe because they didn’t have the spine to say “no” to a patient sitting right in front of them.

    • January 24, 2018 at 4:28 pm
      dot_hemath says:
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      What trend? Going after the wrong party? Nothing you’ve said points to the manufacturers as the culprits.

      • January 24, 2018 at 4:34 pm
        Confused says:
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        Did you read the article?

        **In its complaint filed in state court in Manhattan, New York accused manufacturers of having for two decades misled consumers into believing that prescription opioids were safe to treat chronic non-cancer pain, with minimal risk of addiction.

        The city also said distributors fueled abuse through oversupply, including a failure to identify suspicious orders and report them to authorities, contributing to an illegal secondary market.**

        If true, the manufacturer would be to blame for misleading consumers for 2+ decades as to the safety and “non-addictive” nature of their drugs.

  • January 24, 2018 at 2:42 pm
    mr opinion says:
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    Unless they can prove these companies knew and lied about it / deliberately misrepresented for profit, this is a reach. It sounds a lot like blaming gun makers for school shootings. You have to find something they did wrong. Making something that people misuse for something wrong isn’t enough. You can’t sue automakers for a rash of traffic deaths from reckless driving. You can sue them if they make a car with bad brakes. The general public has known about the dangers of opioids for a little while now.

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