(UnitedVoice.com) – Pharmaceutical companies have been battling lawsuits related to the opioid crisis for years. In 2019, a judge ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million related to the epidemic. On October 21, there was a major development in a case against one Big Pharma company.
The DOJ announced Purdue Pharma agreed to plead guilty to three charges. The company, which makes the highly-addictive drug OxyContin, admitted to violating federal anti-kickback statutes and defrauding health agencies by contributing to fake claims to Medicaid and Medicare. The company will pay an estimated $8.3 billion in penalties.
Remarks by Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen on the Resolution of Civil and Criminal Investigations into Purdue Pharma and the Sackler Familyhttps://t.co/MmkzOR3knN
— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) October 21, 2020
The settlement does not include civil cases against the company. Some Americans are concerned the opioid lawsuits against Big Pharma companies will lead to increased prescription drug prices in the country. That’s certainly possible, but we just won’t know how that’ll play out for a while. Either way, the DOJ considers the latest development a victory in the fight to hold drugmakers accountable for the crisis that’s left thousands dead.
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