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posted by Fnord666 on Wednesday August 16 2017, @03:04AM   Printer-friendly
from the pseudoaddicted dept.

South Carolina has become the sixth U.S. state to sue opioid makers over their marketing practices and contribution to the opioid epidemic:

The lawsuit by South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, filed in Richland County Court of Common Pleas in Columbia, accuses the company of the unfair and deceptive marketing of opioid painkillers. Wilson claimed Purdue has told doctors that patients who receive prescriptions for opioids generally will not become addicted and those who appeared to be were only "pseudoaddicted" and needed more of the drugs.

[...] Since a 2007 settlement with South Carolina, Purdue has continued to downplay the addictiveness of its opioid products and overstated the benefits compared to other pain management treatments, according to the lawsuit. "While there is a time and place for patients to receive opioids, Purdue prevented doctors and patients from receiving complete and accurate information about opioids in order to make informed choices about their treatment options," Wilson said in a statement.

Stamford, Connecticut-based Purdue denied the allegations and said it shares the concerns of South Carolina officials about the crisis and is committed to finding solutions. Purdue and other drugmakers have been sued over opioid products by Oklahoma, Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri and New Hampshire as well as cities and counties in California, Illinois, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee and New York.

Is this Big Pharma's Tobacco Moment?


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  • (Score: 5, Touché) by PinkyGigglebrain on Wednesday August 16 2017, @04:51AM (1 child)

    by PinkyGigglebrain (4458) on Wednesday August 16 2017, @04:51AM (#554565)

    "When will this country again be built on personal responsibility?"

    Not using AC to post things might be a good start. :)

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  • (Score: 2) by MichaelDavidCrawford on Wednesday August 16 2017, @05:23AM

    by MichaelDavidCrawford (2339) Subscriber Badge <mdcrawford@gmail.com> on Wednesday August 16 2017, @05:23AM (#554572) Homepage Journal

    Well I could in principle but it would be a huge pain in the ass. So when I use my expen$ive iO$ device I post as AC.

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