Over the last year, we’ve seen a lot of lawsuits being filed in regards to the opioid epidemic. Many of these suits have been filed against the manufacturers of the drugs. However, recently, we have seen other lawsuit being filed against the doctors who actually prescribe the drugs. Between the two types of litigation, there will probably end up being hundreds of cases filed when all is said and done.
In Arkansas this past week, we saw more lawsuits being filed against the manufacturers, distributors and retailers of the opioid drugs. These suits are being filed by hospitals in Arkansas. Their lawsuit alleges that the pharmaceutical companies fraudulently and negligently marketed their opioid medications to doctors and hospitals.
The hospitals argue that the defendants knew the drug was more addictive than they were willing to admit. They marketed the drug as safe for long-term use and downplayed the addictive qualities of these pain medications. As a result, more people became addicted to opiates and suffered from lethal and non-lethal overdoses.
The defendants named in the suit are the same defendants named in most of these suits – big pharmaceutical companies. Some of these include:
- Purdue Pharma
- Johnson and Johnson
- Abbott Laboratories
The hospitals claim that the overdose rate in Arkansas is much higher than it is in others states. Data from the CDC confirm this. According to the hospitals, it costs them about $28,000 for each patient admitted to the hospital with an opiate-related condition. Sadly, only about 20% of these costs are paid by private insurance. This means the hospitals are left holding the bag. Now, they want the pharmaceutical companies to pay up.
If you or your loved one have been harmed after taking prescribed opiates, contact our experienced lawyers today.