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J&J Pushed Opioids Like Drug Dealer, Doctor Tells Trial Judge

Law360 (June 12, 2019, 11:35 PM EDT) -- The landmark trial between the state of Oklahoma and Johnson & Johnson took a testy turn Wednesday when a doctor testifying on behalf of the state compared the company's promotional tactics to that of a street-corner drug dealer, prompting the judge to strike the testimony after a heated objection from J&J.

Midway through the third week of the bench trial in Norman, Oklahoma, the state called back to the stand Dr. Andrew Kolodny, the co-director of opioid policy research at Brandeis University and executive director of the organization Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing.

Kolodny was shown internal marketing documents about J&J subsidiary Janssen...

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