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The Legal Engine Driving More Than 800 Lawsuits Against Opioid Makers

The place might sound familiar, even if you’ve never been there: the Appalachian foothills, down by the Ohio River, where the sirens scream addiction and death. Twenty-six overdoses in one afternoon. The highest death rate in the state. One in …

Massachusetts Sues Opioid Maker Purdue Pharma, Executives

Massachusetts on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma LP, accusing the OxyContin maker of illegally promoting the use of opioids, and became the first state to sue the drugmaker’s executives and directors to hold them responsible as well. The …

Delaware’s Suit Against Drugmakers Over Opioids Remanded to State Court

A federal judge has ruled that Delaware’s lawsuit against drug manufacturers, distributors and drugstores over the opioid crisis should be sent back to state court. In a ruling last week, the judge granted the state’s request to remand the case …

Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Vetoes Workers’ Compensation Drug Formulary Bill

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has vetoed Senate Bill 936, which sought to amend the state’s Workers’ Compensation Act by establishing a formulary, or a list of prescription medications that could be prescribed to injured workers. “The formulary proposed in this …

Trump Administration Proposes Curbs on Opioid Manufacturers

The U.S. government on Tuesday proposed tightening rules governing the amount of prescription opioid painkillers that drugmakers can manufacture in a given year, in hopes of reining in the deadly opioid epidemic. The Drug Enforcement Administration’s proposed changes to its …

Arizona Governor OKs Bill Preventing Over-Prescribing of Opioids

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has approved legislation that will protect injured workers from being over-prescribed addictive opioids and help control escalating medical costs in the workers’ compensation system, according to the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI). SB 1111 …

Arkansas AG Files Suit Against Opioid Manufacturers for Roles in Epidemic

Arkansas’ attorney general has joined the widening mass of litigation against opioid manufacturers, accusing three drugmakers of promoting addictive painkillers in ways that falsely denied or trivialized their risks. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed a lawsuit in state court …

Chicago-Based Dentist Group Puts Teeth into Push to Curb Opioid Use

The American Dental Association, based in Chicago, wants dentists to drastically cut back on prescribing opioid painkillers. The association announced a new policy that “essentially says eliminate opioids from your arsenal if at all possible,” said Dr. Joseph Crowley, the …

Opioid Crisis Leads Arkansas Cities, Counties to Sue Drug Makers

A coalition of cities and counties around Arkansas announced it had sued dozens of makers and distributors of opioids, arguing that the companies should bear the cost of drug abuse in the state. The Association of Arkansas Counties and the …

Another Oklahoma Tribe Sues Opioid Manufacturers, Distributors

A tribe in Oklahoma has filed a lawsuit accusing 26 drug manufacturers and distributors of contributing to the tribe’s opioid epidemic by fraudulently misrepresenting the risks and benefits of addictive painkillers. The lawsuit filed by the Ponca Tribe is similar …