Publication date: Nov 07, 2019
Or for that matter, any of the other attorneys general suing pharmaceutical companies in their quixotic attempt to assign blame for the nation’s opioid epidemic.
In extracting – or, more aptly, extorting – billions from these companies, two things will happen: 1) drug prices will further rise to offset egregiously large jackpot jury awards or settlements (no wonder medicine is so expensive) and 2) research and development will take a huge hit for the companies not forced into bankruptcy.
Many scoff at the video game lawsuit, yet are fine when it comes to suing pharmaceutical companies, drug distributors, and pharmacies for -causing” the nation’s opioid crisis.
News flash: Opioid settlements, no matter how large, won’t curb addiction, or stop the crisis, since they don’t address the problem.
From 2013 to 2017, drug overdose death rates decreased in one-third of states.
Bottom line: Every overdose death is a tragedy, be it from legal prescription or illegal drug.
But accusing pharmaceutical manufacturers of causing and perpetuating the opioid crisis, when only a fraction of overdose deaths is prescription-related, is patently ridiculous.
Solving the opioid epidemic is critical, but so are many other issues, such as the 100,000 people who needlessly perish each year in American hospitals due to hospital-acquired infections.
But because the opioid crisis gets the headlines, these other issues get sidelined.
Further, since people are misinformed about the truth behind opioid overdoses, it has become all too easy to pronounce guilt on the wrong entities.
And are we really supposed to believe that doctors were -duped” by pharma reps claiming opioids weren’t as addictive as commonly thought?
Four years of medical school and three of residency, and a physician still doesn’t know opioids are potentially addictive, especially if misused by the patient?
And for good measure, the FDA has been mandating -black box” warning labels on opioids for years, which emphatically state that those medicines can be addictive, hazardous and possibly fatal, depending on numerous factors.
And when patients violate doctors’ orders by using other drugs – legal or illegal – alongside their prescription opioids, despite the risks, they must be accountable for those choices.
But since we love to lay blame, and we can’t sue China for illegal fentanyl, or the Mexican drug cartels that smuggle it in, that leaves only one juicy target for the politicians and trial lawyers: deep-pocketed pharma companies.
Opioid lawsuits are simply money grabs to plug holes in state and local budgets because politicians squandered the people’s money.
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