AG Carr and Other States Seeking Docs from Opioid Manufacturers

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr issued an update via press release on the multi-state battle against a growing opioid crisis in this country. The press release states:

“Attorney General Chris Carr today announced that the bipartisan coalition of attorneys general looking into the opioid epidemic is seeking documents and information from manufacturers of prescription opioids. This information will enable the attorneys general to evaluate whether manufacturers engaged in unlawful practices in the marketing, sale and distribution of opioids. Currently, there are 41 attorneys general participating in the multistate investigation.

“Between 1999 and 2015, more than 560,000 people in this country died due to drug overdoses – a death toll larger than the entire population of the city of Atlanta,” said Attorney General Chris Carr. “Opioids are the prime contributor to this national emergency, and we are prepared to communicate with all industries to review, investigate and eliminate any practices that may have led to this epidemic. We owe it to Georgians to get to the bottom of this crisis, and we look forward to learning more on their behalf.”

The group of attorneys general served investigative subpoenas for documents and information to Endo, Janssen, Teva/Cephalon, Allergan and their related entities, as well as a supplemental Civil Investigative Demand to Purdue Pharma.”

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bethebalance
bethebalance

It’s fair that the producers pay something significant, to go towards treatment programs. A little extra for the rainy day fund wouldn’t hurt either.

xdog
xdog

Drug companies don’t make heroin or fentanyl. For the rest, at some point people might consider talking to doctors about their role in handing out legal opioids like M&Ms. While the US prescription rate has declined the last few years it remains approximately three times as high as in 1999 and nearly four times as high as European rates.

From a CDC report: “An estimated 1 out of 5 patients with non-cancer pain or pain-related diagnoses are prescribed opioids in office-based settings.”

Noway2016
Noway2016

Looking into the manufacturers? Meaning where the pills were produced/made, right? Lawyers in search of a wallet to rob. Pure and simple. Like trying to sue Smith and Wesson for gun deaths. From Bethebalance above…”It’s fair that the producers pay something significant…” Why? I know, go ahead and begin the massive predatory lawsuits against beer and wine and spirit manufacturers, too. Gotta have them “pay something significant” too. All those DUI deaths, you know. All them beer bellies….and cirrhosis, do not forget cirrhosis! Better sue Ford for that Shelby Mustang that some poor teenager wrecked at 120mph going down I-75.… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

“Looking into the manufacturer” is why that Shelby Mustang had seat belts, airbags, and the ability to withstand impacts at highway speeds. “Looking into the manufacturer” is why your alcoholic beverage of choice didn’t kill you. I know that you get your rocks off by trolling folks around here, but let’s not make light of the opioid epidemic (unless you want me to lose the one remaining shred of respect I have for you). … In 2015, over 20,000 people lost their lives due to overdoses from prescription pain medication. Another 13,000 lost their lives as a result of heroin… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Zzzzzzzz…it’s all about another witch hunt to prey on the wealth of others. And your sainted cig lawsuit? No one…nobody who developed health probs after that first warning label was stuck onto that first pack back in the mid-60’s should have gotten a cent. A risk free life is impossible. How about a lawsuit against Coke for those who’ve developed Type 2 diabetes? I know the lawyer in you is actually salivating over that one!

Ellynn
Ellynn

How would you solve this then?

rickday
rickday

Keep mainlining hard cold cash into the arm attached to the Free Market hand. It’s the NoWay, no matter how many humans are impacted.

Because money is everything to that bot.

Ellynn
Ellynn

He might have solution that is reasonable, thought-out and not reactionary. It’s not like a person can complain and rail against something without some idea how they would fix it if they ruled the world (unless you are a member of the U.S. congress of course).

Benevolus
Benevolus

“He might have solution that is reasonable, thought-out and not reactionary.”

It would be the first time.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

It has nothing to do with me being an attorney and everything to do with the friends I’ve seen die from pain medicine overdoses and the friends that have been in and out of rehab after developing an opioid addiction. Like I said, the modicum of respect I had for you as a person is quickly dwindling to nothingness.

Noway2016
Noway2016

“Looking into the manufacturer” is why your alcoholic beverage of choice didn’t kill you.” Not sure what that particular sentence even means. As an aside from your blaming of opioid manufacturers , are you saying that the booze manufacturers, in your way of thinking, don’t have a similar liability for alcohol related maladies? Cause alcohol has killed scores more than opioids ever, ever have. Regardless, it’s the irresponsible behavior that kills. Period. Whether it’s taking that extra vodka shot at O’Malley’s, not unloading the revolver before cleaning it, whether it’s drinking 10 Cokes a day and making your blood sugar… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn

So if you were following your doctors directs on when to take pain meds, and your doctor did not correctly prescribe them or do a responsible medical reduction to prevent addiction because he either did not follow the manufacturer recommendations or the manufacture did not tell the doc about the rate of addiction if prescribed correctly or incorrectly, it would be your fault for being irresponsible…?

Noway2016
Noway2016

Take the meds as were properly prescribed by the doc (99.5 out of 100 cases), keep followup appointments so he can check your progress and tweek doseages if necessary, you won’t become an addict. Period. If you don’t take them as prescribed and go off on your own self medicating regimen, you will have problems.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Your level of naivete would be cute if you weren’t so insufferable in your insistence that addicts are operating on choice.

Benevolus
Benevolus

It’s an issue because it is an epidemic. There wasn’t an epidemic, and now there is. An investigation would be for the purpose of trying to figure out why there is an epidemic.
It’s easy to say “well millions of people suddenly got stupid”, and if that’s what the investigation finds, then somebody will make it their job to try to fix that, or whatever else is determined to be the cause. The free market may eventually fix it by itself, but not until the profit margin starts to dip.

Lea Thrace
Lea Thrace

Noway’s last response in this thread is exactly why no one should be looking to him for solutions. Doctors over prescribe. Consistently. I was told to take 1 oxycontin every three hours for 2 weeks after dental surgery. I I would have taken it as prescribed, I would likely have had a problem. Because that was too much. And I told my surgeon that. And he just shrugged.

bethebalance
bethebalance

This is where responsibility lays with the manufacturers- in their marketing. Which is what the legal action appears to be about. And they are probly looking for evidence which parallels the evidence that tobacco companies knew how addictive their product was, but committed fraud upon the people (the consumers) and vendors with their marketing. Some or all doctors may arguably be victims of deceitful marketing, if there was a failure to disclose a material danger (i don’t know what the actual legal standard is, though). My comment above was to suggest that the Attorneys General may have action in mind… Read more »

rickday
rickday

There are so many strawmen in this comment I thought I had stumbled into a Wizard of Oz Fan Convention.

The Eiger
The Eiger

No you are just high. Take another hit and go away.

Noway2016
Noway2016

No place to click response. Drew’s 3:41 post: Are you talking about opioid addicts or any addict in general?