Chicago Sues Pharma Cos. Over Painkiller Marketing

Law360, Chicago (June 3, 2014, 4:50 PM EDT) -- The city of Chicago on Monday slapped Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., Purdue Pharma LP and other drugmakers with a lawsuit alleging their dishonest marketing of opioid painkillers like Oxycontin and Percocet has unleashed a public health crisis of addiction and abuse. 

According to a 122-page complaint filed in Illinois state court, the defendants launched a coordinated campaign beginning in the 1990s to expand the market for prescription opioids, lying about the drugs’ effectiveness and risks to support their use to treat “chronic pain.”

The city alleges the...
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