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Big Pharma Sued by New York City Over Opioid Crisis

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By    |   Wednesday, 24 January 2018 11:56 AM

Big Pharma was sued by New York City on Tuesday over the opioid crisis, with officials charging that the pharmaceutical companies practiced deceptive marketing tactics and misrepresented the dangers of the drugs.

Opioid deaths in the city are currently outpacing homicides and traffic deaths combined in 2016 and 2017, WNYC reported.

The New York Post reported the lawsuit targeted Purdue Pharma Inc., Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., Johnson & Johnson, and Janssen Pharmaceuticals. The Hill reported that distributors AmerisourceBergen Corp., Cardinal Health Inc. and McKesson Corp. were also listed as defendants.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said he hoped the lawsuit will lead to a change in behavior from the drug companies.

"While we're trying here in this city to find solutions and so many other cities and towns and counties around the country are trying to do the same, who's getting away with bloody murder right now?" de Blasio asked, per The Observer.

"The big pharmaceutical companies. That's what's really going on. The people who created the crisis are getting away with it. They are not only not paying for what they have done, they're continuing to do what they started. They haven't changed."

De Blasio quoted statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that claimed that prescription opioid sales quadrupled from 1999 to 2014, the Observer said. In 2012, there were 282 million prescriptions written for opioids in the United States — enough for every adult American to have their own bottle of pills, the publication reported.

John Puskar, director of public affairs at Purdue Pharma Inc., said the drug company denies the city’s charges, per the Post.

"We are deeply troubled by the prescription and illicit opioid abuse crisis, and are dedicated to being part of the solution," he said. "As a company grounded in science, we must balance patient access to FDA-approved medicines, while working collaboratively to solve this public health challenge.”

Sarah Freeman, a spokeswoman for Janssen Pharmaceuticals that is owned by Johnson & Johnson, charged that the city's complaints are "baseless," The Hill said.

"We maintain that the allegations made in these lawsuits against our company are baseless and unsubstantiated," Freeman said. "Our actions in the marketing and promotion of our opioid pain medicines were appropriate and responsible."

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