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American state challenges Johnson & Johnson to court for opiatencrisis

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In the US, for the first time a lawsuit by a state against a pharmaceutical company, started after thousands of people were killed by an overdose of opiates. In the country there is a major problem with the highly addictive strong painkillers and Oklahoma points an accusing finger at Johnson & Johnson.

Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, which is a pill and plaster with opiates produces, have a health crisis created more than 4.653 people in Oklahoma has claimed the lives of of 2007 to 2017. That allows the attorney general of Oklahoma, Mike Hunter, already.

During the openingsverklaringen on Tuesday said Hunter that Johnson & Johnson in the marketing of their products and the dangers ignored that are linked to the excessive use of opiates. The company has, according to him ‘the worst man-made health crisis in the country and the state’ caused.

The company started ‘a cynical, deceitful hersenspoelingcampagne of multiple billions of dollars to opioid analgesics as a magic medicine, ” she said.

According to the lawyers of Johnson & Johnson had the government oversight of the drugs and there were warning messages on the products.

2.000 affairs

In the United States, there are nearly 2,000 cases brought against pharmaceutical companies. It is the first time that a large pharmaceutical company by a state court is being dragged. Usually there is a settlement. Oklahoma came already with the company, Purdue Pharma to a settlement for $ 270 million in march and on Sunday with the Israeli company Teva for $ 85 million.

Figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that every day 46 people die in the U.S. from an overdose of prescribed opiates.