Calif. Counties Claim Pharma Cos. Lied About Opioid Safety

Law360, Los Angeles (May 22, 2014, 8:26 PM EDT) -- The Orange County, California, district attorney and the Santa Clara County attorney hit Purdue Pharma LP, Cephalon Inc. and other drug companies with a false advertising lawsuit in California court on Wednesday, saying they misrepresented the “dangerously addictive nature” of opioids.

Prescription opioids comprise a class of narcotic prescription painkillers, including brand-name drugs like OxyContin and Percocet, that are derived from opium and have similar effects on users as heroin. The defendants, also including Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., Endo Health Solutions Inc. and...
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