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August 1, 2017

WSJ Editorial – State AG’s Target Opioid Abuse to “Pad Their Budgets”

More than 20 state and local governments including Ohio, Missouri, Mississippi and nine counties in New York have sued prescription opioid manufacturers for fraud and deceptive marketing in an attempt to “raise money from the trail bar off opioid lawsuits” writes the Wall Street Journal editorial board.

According to the article, these lawsuits suffer from many flaws, “namely, they don’t specify instances in which doctors relied on alleged misrepresentations to improperly prescribe an opioid medication that led to a particular injury.”

The editorial board highlights Ohio as a strong example of the opioid problem – the state argues that opioids are a gateway to street drugs and that deceptive marketing has “resulted in the explosion in heroin use.” Yet the problem is not marketing, it is fraud in the delivery system. “A fraction of physicians account for a disproportionate share of opioid prescriptions, and addicts forum shop like trial attorneys,” concludes the article.  

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