The State of Ohio vs. Drug Giants

Like this guy, Ohio is not happy with a handful of drug-makers. On Wednesday, the state filed a lawsuit stating the drug-makers “helped unleash a health care crisis that has had far-reaching financial, social, and deadly consequences in the State of Ohio.” The targets of the lawsuit are Purdue Pharma, Endo Health Solutions, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Johnson & Johnson, and Allergan. The reason behind the lawsuit, according to the office of state Attorney General Mike Dewine, is that “the drug companies engaged in fraudulent marketing regarding the risks and benefits of prescription opioids which fueled Ohio’s opioid epidemic.” Lawsuits including this one could shape up similarly to those that hit tobacco companies in the 90’s, which saw states win settlements of over $200 billion.