U.S. judge orders big drug companies to face opioid trial

By | September 10, 2019

Defendants to face claims they conspired to cause the opioid crisis

Purdue Pharma, J&J, CVS, Walgreen, Walmart among defendants

Trial scheduled for Oct. 21 even as judge urges settlement (Adds Johnson & Johnson, Mallinckrodt as defendants, PIX available).

A U.S. judge on Tuesday rejected efforts by major drugmakers, pharmacies, and distributors to dismiss claims that they caused the nation’s opioid crisis, clearing the manner for a scheduled landmark trial at the same time as he pushes for a nationwide settlement.

The plaintiffs will attempt to prove that drugmakers’ deceptive selling of the painkillers caused a harmful, huge increase in provide that pharmacies and distributors failed to do enough to prevent.

A factfinder may fairly infer that these failures were a considerable think about manufacturing the alleged hurt suffered by plaintiffs. These failures were a substantial factor in producing the alleged harm suffered by plaintiffs.

Other defendants included the drugmakers Endo International Plc and Johnson & Johnson; pharmacy operators CVS Health Corp, Rite Aid Corp, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc, and Walmart Inc; and distributors AmerisourceBergen Corp, Cardinal Health Inc, and McKesson Corp.

Polster also refused to dismiss a variety of claims against generic drugmaker Allergan Plc, Mallinckrodt Plc, and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

Opioid addiction claimed roughly 400,000 lives within the USA from 1999 to 2017, in line with the U.S. Centers for illness management and hindrance.

Critics of the trade same opioid manufacturers hid the addiction and abuse risks of prolonged use from shoppers.

J&J has said it will appeal an Oklahoma judge’s Aug. 26 order that it pay $572.1 million thereto state for the company’s role within the opioid epidemic.

Purdue and its house owners are in talks on a potential $10 billion to $12 billion nationwide settlement of opioid claims.

That accord may embrace a bankruptcy filing for the Stamford, Connecticut-based company. Purdue and also the Sacklers have denied the allegations.