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State Sues Walgreens,
3 Other Firms Under
Drug Dealer Law
Dec 18, 2019 2:07 AM CST
State Sues Walgreens, 3 Other Firms Under Drug Dealer Law
'They knowingly and deliberately distributed drugs in our state without controls'
- Michigan on Tuesday sued four companies over the deadly painkiller epidemic, becoming what state Attorney General Dana Nessel says is the first state to sue major opioid distributors under a liability law that is typically used to go after drug dealers. The lawsuit was filed in Wayne County and names...
Purdue Affiliate Accused of
Selling 'Deeply Cynical' Drug
Dec 15, 2019 2:45 PM CST
Purdue Affiliate Accused of Selling 'Deeply Cynical' Drug
Or is Mundipharma selling a much-needed cure?
- As Purdue Pharma buckles under a mountain of litigation and public protest in the United States, its foreign affiliate, Mundipharma, has expanded abroad, using some of the same tactics to sell the addictive opioids that made its owners, the Sackler family, among the richest in the world. Mundipharma is...
9 Sentenced in China After
Tip From US About 'Diana'
Nov 7, 2019 1:57 AM CST
9 Sentenced in China After Tip From US About 'Diana'
All were fentanyl traffickers
- A Chinese court sentenced nine fentanyl traffickers Thursday in a case that was a culmination of a rare collaboration between Chinese and US law enforcement to crack down on global networks that manufacture and distribute lethal synthetic opioids. Liu Yong was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve, while Jiang...
A Teen's 2015 OD Death Had
Link to Something Much Bigger
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Oct 27, 2019 6:47 AM CDT
A Teen's 2015 OD Death Had Link to Something Much Bigger
Alex W. Palmer goes deep into a global fentanyl ring
- Prepare to feel pretty worn out after reading Alex W. Palmer's lengthy dive into a global fentanyl ring for the
New York Times
. The piece is staggering in its scope—in terms of distance (it bounces between Hong Kong, North Dakota, and Florida, among other locales), timeline, and complexity....
Lawsuit: Drug Firms Acted Like
a Cartel. Now, a $260M Deal
Oct 21, 2019 9:25 AM CDT
Lawsuit: Drug Firms Acted Like a Cartel. Now, a $260M Deal
Ohio's Summit, Cuyahoga counties to be paid by 4 major companies for their role in opioid epidemic
- Two counties in Ohio could have pulled in $8 billion if they'd won their legal battle in court against Big Pharma. Instead, in an 11th-hour deal, they've settled for $260 million against three major distributors and a manufacturer for their role in the opioid epidemic, the
Judge Makes Big
Decimal Point Error
in Opioid Ruling
Oct 17, 2019 10:49 AM CDT
Judge Makes Big Decimal Point Error in Opioid Ruling
Oklahoma's Thad Balkman was off by $107M or so
- A judge in Oklahoma has admitted a major calculating error in the $572 million penalty applied to pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson for its role in the state's opioid crisis. "That's the last time I use that calculator," Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman said Tuesday,...
Issue of Parental Addiction
Oct 10, 2019 12:18 AM CDT
Addresses Issue of Parental Addiction
Elmo's new friend has a mother with a problem
is taking a new step to try to help kids navigate life in America—it's tackling the opioid crisis. Sesame Workshop is exploring the backstory of Karli, a bright green, yellow-haired friend of Elmo's whose mother is battling addiction. The initiative is part of the Sesame...
Mom of 'Emo Rapper'
Sues Over His Death
Oct 8, 2019 4:33 PM CDT
Mom of 'Emo Rapper' Sues Over His Death
Lil Peep's mother blames his managers for his overdose
- Lil Peep died of a drug overdose at age 21 , and nearly two years after the death of the "emo rapper" on a tour bus, his mother is suing. Liza Womack says in her suit that her son was "stressed, overwhelmed, burnt out, exhausted and physically unwell" before...
in the Room
Oct 6, 2019 5:30 PM CDT
Victims Weren't in the Room When Opioid Maker Settled
But now 4 of them will play a role in Purdue Pharma's bankruptcy
- Victims of opioid addiction weren't in the room when OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma persuaded half the state attorneys general to settle claims over the company's role in the nationwide overdose epidemic, the AP reports. Now that Purdue is in federal bankruptcy court, four people whose lives were touched...
Doctor Who Gave Every Patient
Opioids Sentenced to 40 Years
Oct 4, 2019 5:23 AM CDT
Doctor Who Gave Every Patient Opioids Sentenced to 40 Years
He 'hid behind his doctor's coat as a large-scale drug dealer'
- A Virginia doctor who never met a patient he didn't prescribe opioids to has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. Prosecutors say Dr. Joel Smithers, 36, prescribed more than 500,000 doses of opioids in less than two years at his practice in Martinsville, population 13,000, before...
Johnson & Johnson Settles
With 2 Counties Over Opioids
Oct 2, 2019 12:33 AM CDT
Johnson & Johnson Settles With 2 Counties Over Opioids
More than $20M to go to Ohio's Cuyahoga and Summit counties
- Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday announced it had reached an agreement worth more than $20 million with two Ohio counties, becoming the latest company to settle a lawsuit to get out of the first federal trial over the nation's opioids crisis. The deal with Cuyahoga and Summit counties comes...
Files for Bankruptcy
Sep 16, 2019 12:50 AM CDT
Purdue Pharma Files for Bankruptcy
But OxyContin maker's legal battles are far from over
- Purdue Pharma, the company that made billions selling the prescription painkiller OxyContin, has filed for bankruptcy in White Plains, NY, days after reaching a tentative settlement with many of the state and local governments suing it over the toll of opioids. The filing was anticipated before and after the tentative...
A New Role Awaits
Men in Coal Country
Sep 15, 2019 2:00 PM CDT
A New Role Awaits Men in Coal Country
In one Kentucky county, it's women who bring home the bacon
- Welcome to Letcher County in Kentucky, where coal's decline is changing time-honored gender roles. As men struggle to find work, women are entering a field in need of people—health care—and bringing home relatively small but still invaluable paychecks, the
New York Times
reports. "The mines have...
Target Federal Judge
Sep 14, 2019 5:30 PM CDT
Drug Companies Target Federal Judge
They say Judge Dan Polster is biased
- Attorneys for eight drug distributors, pharmacies, and retailers facing trial next month for their roles in the opioid crisis want to disqualify the federal judge overseeing their cases, saying he has shown bias in his effort to obtain a multibillion-dollar global settlement, the AP reports. According to a motion filed...
Tentative Deal Reached
in Purdue Pharma Lawsuits
Sep 11, 2019 5:21 PM CDT
Tentative Deal Reached in Purdue Pharma Lawsuits
OxyContin maker reaches tentative settlement with some of the states, governments suing
- A tentative settlement announced Wednesday over the role Purdue Pharma played in the nation's opioid addiction crisis falls short of the far-reaching national settlement the OxyContin maker had been seeking for months, with litigation sure to continue against the company and the family that owns it. The agreement with...
China Says Trump's
Fentanyl Claims Are False
Sep 3, 2019 3:48 AM CDT
China Says Trump's Fentanyl Claims Are False
'What Trump said is completely groundless and untrue'
- China said Tuesday that it's not the source of the fentanyl that's killing Americans, contrary to President Trump's recent tweets blaming China for the drug deaths. At a briefing for the National Narcotics Control Commission, China reiterated that it is making extensive efforts toward controlling the synthetic...
Purdue Settlement Could
Leave Sacklers Wealthy
Sep 2, 2019 2:45 PM CDT
Purdue Settlement Could Leave Sacklers Wealthy
Opioid deal might leave family with more than $1B
- OxyContin made the Sacklers fabulously wealthy. Even after a multibillion-dollar settlement of 2,000 lawsuits against the family and its company, they could still be. Under the $10 billion to $12 billion deal under negotiation, the Sacklers would give up control of Purdue Pharma, the
reports. The company...
New Twist in
Aug 31, 2019 10:30 AM CDT
Pitcher's Family 'Shocked' by New Twist in His Death
The investigation into Tyler Skaggs' death apparently involves a Los Angeles Angels employee
- Looks like the probe into Tyler Skaggs' death involves a Los Angeles Angels employee—which his family called a shocking development,
reports. "We have not been told the identity of the Angel employee that may be involved so I will take a pass on saying anything right...
Maker in Talks to Settle
Aug 28, 2019 1:14 AM CDT
Report: OxyContin Maker in Talks to Settle State Lawsuits
Source say Purdue has offered up to $12B
- State attorneys general and lawyers representing local governments said Tuesday they are in active settlement talks with Purdue Pharma, the maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin that is facing billions of dollars in potential liability for its role in the nation's opioid crisis. Purdue has been cast by attorneys...
Opioid Ruling on J&J May Be
Good News ... for Big Pharma
Aug 27, 2019 11:50 AM CDT
Opioid Ruling on J&J May Be Good News ... for Big Pharma
Johnson & Johnson must pay $572M over opioid crisis, but prosecutors wanted far more
- It seemed like bad news for Johnson & Johnson. On Monday, an Oklahoma judge ordered the company to pay $572 million because of its role in fueling the opioid crisis. Why, then, did the company's stock rise 5% in late trading Monday and continue to rise Tuesday? Because things...
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