Erie County, New York, is suing major drug manufacturers in the State Supreme Court on grounds that these pharmaceutical companies consciously and knowingly misled doctors and patients into believing that their highly addictive prescription painkillers were safe. The lawsuit also claims physicians were paid by drug manufacturers to promote their prescriptions. Mark C Poloncarz, an Erie County Executive, stated, “We believe the pharmaceutical companies and those doctors are the ones who should be held responsible…They have created a whole nation of addicts by stating publicly that these drugs were not addictive and were quite safe when we knew they were very addictive and dangerous."
According to the CDC, overdose deaths from prescribed opioids have quadrupled since 1999, killing more than 15,000 in 2015 alone, with an additional 15,000 non-prescription opioid deaths.
The lawsuit targets pharmaceutical companies that make, promote, market, and distribute opioid- based drugs including OxyContin and Percocet. Among the companies being sued are those related to, or have a major ownership stake in, Purdue Pharma, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Endo Pharmaceuticals.
Paul J. Hanly Jr. is the partner heading the Erie County's suit. Read the Suit Filed here.
Several suites followed this one, including one in Suffolk County on long Island, and several other New York counties against drug manufacturers for violating state laws through deception, false advertisement, and fraud amongst other claims.
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