The state of Ohio is suing five major drug manufacturers, joining New York, Mississippi, Illinois, and California in the fight against Big Pharma’s fraudulent marketing and their role in the biggest drug epidemic America has ever seen.
A common denominator in all these lawsuits is that Big Pharma and the Drug manufacturing companies only had one thing on their mind… money! The more prescriptions that are being filled, the more money they line their pockets with, the larger the chances of more people getting addicted and returning to buy more. Many opioid prescriptions are unnecessary and are being pushed by the pharmaceutical companies onto the doctors to sell.
“We believe that the evidence will show that these pharmaceutical companies purposely misled doctors about the dangers connected with pain meds that they produced and that they did so for the purpose of increasing sales. And boy, did they increase sales,” Attorney General Mike DeWine told NPR.
The five major drug manufacturers being sued by Ohio are:
- Purdue Pharma (maker of OxyContin/Oxycodone)
- Endo Health Solutions
- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and subsidiary Cephalon
- Johnson & Johnson and subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals
According to the lawsuit, it is the drug makers’ responsibility to protect the health of their customers and tell the truth about their products and the dangers of their side effects, yet for years they have chosen profits over morals.
Since the start of the 90’s these companies have “helped unleash a healthcare crisis that has had far-reaching financial, social, and deadly consequences.”
In 2012 alone, Ohio had 793 million doses of opioids prescribed. That averaged to about 60+ pills for every single adult and child that resides in the state.
The Ohio lawsuit blames the above listed pharmaceutical companies for:
- Downplaying the serious risk of addiction
- Advocating that the signs of addiction should be treated with more opioids
- Exaggerating the effectiveness of screening tools in preventing addiction
- Claiming that opioid dependence and withdrawal are easily managed
- Denying the risks of higher opioid dosages
- Exaggerating the effectiveness of “abuse-deterrent” opioid formulations
Until the 1990’s, opioids were used short-term, and only in severe acute cases or end-of-life care. When the drug makers began marketing and buying out doctors, the door was opened to start advertising to the public to obtain a larger market to sell. The scariest thing is that it worked, opioids are now the #1 prescribed drug on the United States Market, generating over $11 Billion in revenue in 2014 alone. The lawsuit calls this “a well-funded marketing scheme” to “spread false and deceptive statements about the risks and benefits of long-term opioid use.”
Just as Big Tobacco was eventually held responsible for the decades of cigarette smoking propaganda and misleading advertisement, now Big Pharma will feel the backlash for their involvement in fraudulent marketing campaigns involving prescription painkillers and the numerous lives it has taken.
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