City lawsuit aimed at major drug firms to battle opioid crisis

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Inc.; Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc.; Cephalon Inc.; Johnson& Johnson; Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc.; OrthoMcNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc.; Janssen Pharmaceutica Inc. n/k/a Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Endo Health Solutions Inc.; Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc.; Allergan PLC f/k/a Actavis PLC; Actavis, Inc. f/k/a Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc.; Watson Laboratories Inc.; Actavis Pharma Inc. f/k/a Watson Pharma, Inc.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $500 million lawsuit against several major pharmaceutical companies on Thursday, saying it was "time for Big Pharma to pay for what they've done". Officials said the places have been previously warned they need to provide information about their policies to be receive grants.

The lawsuit also claims that manufacturers created a false perception that using opioids to treat chronic pain was safe and that the drugs' benefits outweighed the risks by using a coordinated, sophisticated and deceptive promotion and marketing campaign, which began in the late 1990s and became more aggressive around 2006.

The success of that settlement - the largest civil litigation settlement in US history - may suggest some optimism in the efforts of cities and states to target pharmaceutical companies.

At age 19, Perotto said her son was a straight A student and athlete who became addicted to prescription opioids after he was in a auto accident.

President Donald Trump says mayors who boycotted a White House event over an administration crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities are placing the needs of illegal immigrants above citizens.




McMahon also joined the mayor's announcement on Tuesday and described the opioid crisis on the Island as a "plague".

Mitch Landrieu, the president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, said the Justice Department's demands made the meeting "untenable".

"It is infuriating, it's maddening that we as a society can allow ourselves to get to a position where we have preventable deaths caused by the corporate greed of big pharma", McMahon said.

In 2016, more than 1,000 New York City residents died as a result of opioid overdoses, according to a statement from the mayor's office.

New York City said in its press release that roughly 2.5 million to 2.7 million opioid prescriptions were filled each year from 2014 to 2016.

NY is suing big pharma over its role in the opioid crisis.

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