Hospitals Sue 12 Pharmaceutical Companies Over Opioids

TWELVE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES THAT MANUFACTURE AND SELL OPIOIDS ARE BEING SUED BY HOSPITALS IN ALABAMA AND MISSISSIPPI, INCLUDING ONE BASED IN MOBILE. NEWS 5’S BILL RIALES REPORTS, ONE OF THE ATTORNEY’S WHO FILED THE SUIT WAS ALSO INVOLVED LAWSUITS AGAINST TOBACCO COMPANIES IN THE 1990’S THAT BROUGHT BILLIONS IN DAMAGES TO THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI. MOBILE BASED INFIRMARY HEALTH IS ONE OF THE HOSPITAL COMPANIES SUING TWELVE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES, CLAIMING THEY’VE LOST MONEY BECAUSE OF THE OPIOD CRISIS LAST THURSDAY, MISSISSIPPI ATTORNEY DON BARRETT FILED THIS COMPLAINT IN FEDERAL COURT–135 PAGES DETAILING CLAIMS THAT HOSPITALS WERE DECEIVED BY A DOZEN DRUG MAKERS FOR DECEPTIVELY MARKING AND SELLING OPIODS. THE COMPLAINT ALLEGES THE COMPANIES PUSHED HIGHLY ADDICTIVE, DANGEROUS OPIOIDS, FALSELY REPRESENTING TO DOCTORS THAT PATIENTS WOULD ONLY RARELY SUCCUMB TO DRUG ADDICTION. THE HOSPITALS SAY BECAUSE OF THE GROWING ADDICTION PROBLEM, THEY’VE HAD TO TREAT MANY PATIENTS THEY NORMALLY WOULD NOT HAVE SEEN. INFIRMARY HEALTH IS JOINED BY SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER IN MCCOMB, MISSISSIPPI AND MONROE COUNTY HEALTHCARE AUTHORITY IN MONROEVILLE. AMONG THE COMPANIES BEING SUED—PURDUE PHARMA, THE MAKERS OF OXYCONTIN—IN A STATEMENT THEY DENIED THE ALLEGATIONS AS DID FOUR OTHER COMPANIES. JUST LAST WEEK ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS CALLED OPIOD ADDICTION THE DEADLIEST DRUG CRISIS IN AMERICAN HISTORY. Sessions: For Americans under the age of 50, drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death. DON BARRETT WHO WORKED ON LAWSUITS THAT SOUGHT DAMAGES FROM TOBACCO COMPANIES IN THE 90’S DESCRIBED THIS LAWSUIT AS A CLASS-ACTION THAT REPRESENTS ALL HOSPITALS WHO HAVE HAD TO

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