Ohio Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against Several Prescription Opioid Manufacturers

In an unprecedented move, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has filed a lawsuit against five leading prescription opioid manufacturers and their related companies in Ross County Court of Common Pleas. Ross County was chosen for the filing because Southern Ohio is one of the hardest hit areas by the opioid epidemic in the nation.

The lawsuit alleges that the drug companies engaged in fraudulent marketing regarding the risks and benefits of prescription opioids, which fueled Ohio’s opioid epidemic.

The five manufacturers listed as defendants are:

  • Allergan, which sold Kadian, Norco, and several generic opioids
  • Endo Health Solutions, which sold Percocet, Percodan, Opana, and Zydone
  • Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, which sold Duragesic and Nucynta
  • Purdue Pharma, which sold OxyContin, MS Contin, Dilaudid, Butrans, Hyslingla, and Targiniq
  • Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and its subsidiary Cephalon, which sold Actiq and Fentora

In the lawsuit, the Attorney General is seeking several actions, including a declaration that the companies’ actions were illegal, an injunction to stop their continued deceptions and misrepresentations and to abate the harm they have caused, damages for the money that the state spent on the opioids that these companies sold and marketed in Ohio, and repayment to consumers who also paid for unnecessary opioid prescriptions for chronic pain.

To view a copy of the lawsuit, click here.

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