One of America’s most famous drugs is in a mess of trouble. And deservedly so.
The makers of OxyContin, and other narcotic painkillers, are being sued by the state of California. Five of the largest narcotics manufacturers in the world are being accused of employing a marketing “campaign of deception.”
The illegal marketing tactics they are accused of, were waged in an effort to boost sales.
The lawsuit was filed by the DAs in Santa Clara and Orange counties. The two California counties accused a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, as well as four other pharmaceutical companies, of false advertising, unfair competition and creating a public nuisance.
The misuse and abuse of opioid painkillers, such as OxyContin, is a huge problem in the United States. In 2010, the number of deaths caused by cocaine and heroin combined was less than half of the deaths caused by prescription opioid painkillers. Those people who died were normal people in pain, normal people who got sold a bag of lies by pharmaceutical companies and then got hooked on their product.
That’s why these five pharmaceutical giants are being accused of making misleading and false claims about the safety of their products.
This case is about making a statement to the pharmaceutical companies of the world: Either act ethically or be held responsible for your actions.
Santa Clara and Orange Counties … we commend you!
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