As the preparation of the pharmaceutical companies for squaring off the with the locals and the states in the courts in the United States carries on, an enlarging number of local officials and states ask the industries to pay for covering the costs of the nation’s fatal opioid epidemic.
The Executive Director of the Drug, Alcohol Addiction and the Mental Health Board in Ohio, Gerald Craig passed the following statement: “In my point of view they are as involved as are the dealers who are dealing in the streets and for this, I think they should be made accountable for paying the price.” The Summit country is complicit in a lawsuit against the makers of drug that is planned to go to trial at the end of this year.
In the beginning, the test cases will be beginning this week in Oklahoma, a trial which will be testing the limits of the liability of the drug industry. Two of the offenders have their claims already settled with the official of the state over there. Teva Pharmaceuticals paid $85 million for the settlement whereas Purdue Pharma had agreed for the payment of $270 Million two months ago.
The only remaining defendant which is the Johnson & Johnson is now left against which the trial will be going forward. This company is considered to be the biggest drug-maker in the nation. It argued recently that it had sold an only small quantity of opioids in Oklahoma and refused to bear any responsibility for the overuse of the drug in that state.
All these cases came in a go when the addiction of opioid continues to take the lives of thousands of people across the country. And regional & local leaders are dealing with this issue with bare minimum resources.