Jeff Marion | April 5, 2021 | Dangerous Drugs, Opioids, Personal Injury, Unsafe Products
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Let’s talk about who filed these cases and what entities started to file on this theory of public nuisance. You have the States, obviously we’ve all seen state attorney attorneys general be very active. In these cases. You see counties that are very active, also larger cities and towns, such as the one I live in Amherst, New York have filed their own cases. You will also see native American tribes have filed their cases. Hospitals have filed as well, and they’ve all filed under this theory of public nuisance. This is the main theory. Now there is also fraud. There’s also, unfair business practices and false advertising that varies from state to state, depending on that state’s particular law regarding unfair business practices or unfair trade or false advertising. But those were other causes of action that were filed by virtually every municipality in the United States. You’ll also see action in other countries that have gotten involved in this litigation.
Who are the main defendants in this? Well, we can put them in three categories. Okay. The first category is going to be your manufacturers of this pain medication. We talked about Purdue Pharmaceutical in particular, but you’ve seen Johnson and Johnson, Endo other large companies that have been involved. The second is the distributors. If you remember, we talked about them last week. It’s not simply that the doctor’s office or the pharmacy or the hospital calls up their representative from Purdue and or any of these other companies and places an order. And then it’s sent directly from that manufacturer. There are distributors in this chain and these distributors have basically what amounts to a golden ticket from the Drug Enforcement Agency. Again, a callback to last week, not only is the Drug Enforcement Agency out arresting drug dealers, but they have a regulatory arm as well.
These distributors had to red flag suspicious transactions again, where the famous pill mills where hundreds of thousands or millions of pills were being sent to these pharmacies in small towns where they basically exceed the entire population of the entire population of that town would be able to get a year or two’s worth of prescriptions. Um, maybe even sometimes five times over that. So you’ve got those two. Now the third group were key opinion leaders, and these were scientists, medical doctors who were paid by these companies, these manufacturers, especially to create papers and to do lectures on how opioids weren’t addictive and that if you, as a doctor prescribed them, you’re able to manage it so that your patients can’t possibly be addictive. This obviously, as we talked about last week, and you can watch that video, took the entire science of opioids and stood it on its head. Everybody knew that opioids were addictive and dangerous, but this whole body of science was created out of whole cloth to say that opioids, if given by prescription were not addictive, if taken under a doctor’s care, not addictive, all of this was false now, since all of that pharmacies have been added, there’s also a large consulting firm that has been added, as a defendant in some of these lawsuits, but that’s the main players. What you’re really seeing here is, municipalities and governments versus manufacturers, distributors and key opinion leaders.
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