Opioid Drugmakers Call for Specificity in Cases of Harm in Government Lawsuits Filed Against Them – Oct 19, 2018 By Alex Keown
As more and more lawsuits are filed by state and local governments over the opioid epidemic, drugmakers are fighting back in court by demanding the allegations include specifics on how the companies are to blame.
As the city of New Orleans and Missouri’s Franklin County become the latest local governments to file more than 1,500 lawsuits against opioid manufacturers, companies like Purdue Pharmaceuticals, the maker of OxyContin, are asking the plaintiffs for specifics in exactly how the companies are to blame for the overdose deaths, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
This is an interesting avenue of defense that could expose how few legitimate patients overdose. We may find out how few specifics we have about this “opioid crisis” and how few specifics we about all the drug deaths that have been counted as “opioid overdoses” to arrive at the huge numbers we’re seeing. Continue reading