Suffolk County Sues Pharmaceutical Companies Over Drug Abuse
Suffolk County lawmakers have taken their fight against opioid addiction to the manufacturers.
On Wednesday the county sued 11 pharmaceutical companies and four physicians who attorneys said promoted the drugs’ use.
The lawsuit, filed in New York State Supreme Court, alleges the companies engaged in fraudulent and misleading marketing by omitting details on the use of the drugs and the risks that go along with them.
The Suffolk County Legislature voted unanimously on Tuesday to hire the Manhattan law firm of Simmons Hanly Conroy to file the lawsuit.
Named in the lawsuit are Purdue Pharma L.P., Purdue Pharma Inc., The Purdue Frederick Co., Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Cephalon Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Janssen Pharmaceutica, Endo Health Solutions, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Russell Portenoy, Perry Fine, Scott Fishman and Lynn Webster.
Between 1996 and 2011, the number of people entering substance abuse programs in Suffolk County increased 1,136 percent, according to the lawsuit.
“We are the only industrialized nation in the world that allows these products to be given for anything other than end of life care,” Calarco said.
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