Though much of the media attention once afforded to the opioid crisis has moved on, victims and their families are still dealing with the aftermath of addictions and/or overdoses. Around 400,000 Americans have died from opioid overdose in the years since pharmaceutical companies pivoted toward recommending these medications for patients with temporary pain relief needs rather than advising doctors to only use them in the most extreme situations. Millions more developed substance use disorders that led to them losing jobs, homes, and even contact with their families. Opioids are highly addictive, and irresponsible marketing and prescription played a large part in this crisis.
We find it disgraceful that pharmaceutical companies made billions off these drugs that were sold under false pretenses. Anyone connected to the widespread distribution of opioids throughout the US must own up to their part in this tragedy. The families and individuals who suffered deserve justice.
Contact Peterson & Associates, P.C. if you think you may have a claim against an opioid manufacturer. We provide free consultations, so don’t hesitate to reach out with questions.
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Though science says otherwise, some people still cast addiction as a “choice.” They believe it is up to the individual to “just say no” to drugs. However, what happens when those drugs are prescribed to you by your doctor?
Surveys of patients who receive prescriptions for opioid painkillers find addiction risk increases greatly for those who use them for 5 or more days. In that time span, patients can form a dependence—meaning when their prescriptions run out, they will experience a very uncomfortable period of withdrawal. Neither doctors nor patients were properly warned of this danger by drugmakers. Had they known, doctors likely would have kept opioid painkiller prescriptions to a minimum for the health and safety of their patients.
Marketing these drugs without warnings was unethical enough—but additionally, pharmaceutical companies in fact incentivized prescriptions of opioids. Purdue Pharma is among the entities being sued for arranging a “kickback” relationship, where sales reps would pay doctors who prescribed their products in large numbers. In another effort to increase sales, one pharmaceutical company gave around $1 million to the designer of a free program doctors used to help determine treatment plans. The software was designed to guide them toward prescribing opioids even when they were unnecessary. This is criminal behavior—some execs have already been sent to jail for it—and the people harmed by it deserve compensation.
Because pharmaceutical companies marketed opioids as versatile painkillers rather than the risky, specialized medications they are, those who have been directly harmed by addiction may be eligible to file a lawsuit. This includes:
If you’re considering a claim, don’t wait—You only have until June 30, 2020, to file a claim against Purdue Pharma. This deadline was set by the bankruptcy judge overseeing the company’s Chapter 11 proceedings.
Even if you don’t know all the details of your case, we invite you to reach out for help. Our attorneys can help you investigate which companies were involved in your addiction-related losses and whether you may be able to file a claim.
Contact our Nationwide office by calling (816) 298-8708. We can help you fight back against Big Pharma for the justice you deserve.
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