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Opioid Crisis: Drug Makers Not Liable Judge Rules

According to news report a California judge on Nov. 1 ruled that four drug makers cannot be held liable for the state’s opioid crisis, according to NPR.

Four California counties filed the lawsuit in 2014, alleging that Allergan, Endo International, Johnson & Johnson and Teva Pharmaceuticals used misleading marketing to increase prescription opioid sales. The drug companies denied any wrongdoing. 

The counties were seeking settlements totaling more than $50 billion, which would have supported various public health and drug treatment programs in the state. 

In his ruling, Judge Peter Wilson said the plaintiffs failed to provide evidence showing a direct link between drugmakers’ marketing efforts and an increase in illicit use of prescription painkillers. 

The ruling marks a significant win for the drug industry, NPR reported, which is facing numerous opioid lawsuits filed by counties, cities and states across the U.S.


Dr. Oche Otorkpa PG Cert, MPH, PhD

Dr. Oche is a seasoned Public Health specialist who holds a post graduate certificate in Pharmacology and Therapeutics, an MPH, and a PhD both from Texila American University. He is a member of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK. He authored two books: "The Unseen Terrorist," published by AuthorHouse UK, and "The Night Before I Killed Addiction."
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