New York opioid trial postponed due to virus outbreak

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — The next trial scheduled over the drug industry’s liability in the opioid crisis has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak, giving the parties more time to attempt to reach agreement on a settlement. A judge announced the delay Tuesday for the trial that had been scheduled to start in […]

Drugmaker Mallinckrodt reaches $1.6B opioid settlement

The generic drugmaker Mallinckrodt has a tentative $1.6 billion deal to settle lawsuits over its role in the U.S. opioid crisis, it announced Tuesday. The deal is intended to end hundreds of lawsuits faced by the company over opioids. The company said that it had an agreement with a key committee of lawyers representing thousands […]

Family of opioid-addicted suspect sues police over her death

BOSTON (AP) — Relatives of a Vermont woman whose obituary drew national attention for its discussion of her opioid addiction filed a lawsuit Thursday in which they accuse police and jail staff of denying her proper medical care and causing her death. The family of Madelyn Linsenmeir alleges in the federal lawsuit filed in western […]

Generic drugmakers sold most opioids during overdose crisis

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals doled out lavish perks for top U.S. employees who hit or beat sales goals for prescription opioids and other drugs: six-figure bonuses and a chance to snag a coveted “President’s Club” award, which could mean vacations to Hawaii, the Caribbean or Mexico. The company placed that same staff in charge of reporting any […]

Opioid settlement still elusive as some lawyers criticize it

State attorneys general are finding a national settlement over the toll of opioids to be elusive, as some lawyers for state and local governments are renewing public criticism of the proposed deal with a group of companies led by the nation’s largest drug distributors. A group of top state lawyers in October announced the framework […]

Former Iowa governor, US ag secretary to monitor drugmaker

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Tom Vilsack, a former Iowa governor and U.S agriculture secretary, will monitor Purdue Pharma to ensure the OxyContin maker does not revive an aggressive marketing effort that critics say overstated the benefits of its opioid painkillers and downplayed the danger of addiction. Purdue Pharma announced the appointment Friday as part […]

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