August 18, 2018 – Trump said he’d like to file his own federal opioid lawsuit against the companies, rather than join existing litigation.
“Some states have done it,” Trump said, referring to the suits in a Cabinet meeting at the White House. “But I’d like a lawsuit to be brought against these companies that are really sending opioids at a level — it shouldn’t be happening. So highly addictive. People go into a hospital with a broken arm, they come out, they’re a drug addict.”
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What’s the problem?
Virtually all major pharmaceutical companies in the U.S. are currently bogged down in litigation filed in response to the opioid problem, according to the Insurance Journal. In 2017 alone, nearly 72,000 people died from an opioid overdose or complications resulting from opioid addiction, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This figure has risen four consecutive years in a row, the agency said.
Earlier this month, members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter to Purdue, Insys Therapeutics Inc. and Mallinckrodt Plc, major producers of opioid medications, asking what their role in the epidemic has been. Lawmakers have also focused on pharmaceutical distributors such as McKesson Corp. and Cardinal Health Inc. No word yet on any response from the companies.
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Trump asked the Justice Department on Thursday to address the import of synthetic opioids from China. These medicines have played a significant role in overdose deaths in the U.S., as users turn from prescribed pills to illegal compounds sourced from countries overseas.
Trump asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to do everything within his means to get a handle on the situation.
“In China you have some pretty big companies sending that garbage and killing our people,” Trump said. “It’s almost a form of warfare. And I’d like to do whatever you can do legally to stop it from China and from Mexico.”
Do I have an Opioid Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in opioid lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new overdose injury and death cases in all 50 states.
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