Ohio Sues Five Drugmakers for Allegedly Misrepresenting Drug Risks

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June 01, 2017

Yesterday, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine filed suit against five drug companies, alleging they “fueled the opioid addiction crisis by misrepresenting the addictive risks of their painkillers,” writes the Wall Street Journal.

Mr. DeWine said Ohio’s lawsuit is among the most comprehensive taken by any state against a broad group of opioid painkiller makers. He said the only other similar lawsuit was filed by Mississippi in state court in December 2015, alleging similar wrongdoing against the same five companies. That suit is pending.

The Ohio complaint alleges the drug companies violated the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act through marketing programs that “falsely deny or trivialize the risks of opioids while overstating the benefits of using them for chronic pain.”